1. FFI Australia
  2. FFI US
  3. Conservation Circle

Finance sector and biodiversity

Credit: Juan Pablo Moreiras/FFI.
Written by: Paul Herbertson
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Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services related risks, opportunities and dependencies into the decision-making strategies of investors. Our aim is to increase the sustainability of land and natural resource use by influencing the investment decisions of the mainstream finance sector. Through programmes such as the Natural Value Initiative (NVI) we help finance institutions integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services into investment decision making.

Natural capital accounting

In 2012, FFI, in partnership with KPMG and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), published the report ‘Is Natural Capital a Material Issue’, which assessed the relevance of biodiversity and ecosystem services to accountancy professionals and the private sector. This powerful collaboration combined the accounting expertise of KPMG, and the vast global network of accounting professionals accessible through ACCA with FFI’s knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystems services.

Following the success of the first phase of this work the partners are currently developing phase two which will build on the recommendations of the report from phase one. A series of reports will be written to target senior finance professionals to realise the awareness and understanding of Natural Capital and its relevance to the accounting profession.

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Paul Herbertson

Paul Herbertson is the Director of Environmental Markets at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), where he heads up and oversees FFI's work on natural capital and emerging environmental markets. As Director of Environmental Markets, Paul has defined FFI’s strategy towards emerging environmental markets, impact investment and engagement with the broader finance sector. Paul's key interests are sustainable business and the opportunities for investment in forests as a tool for conservation. Prior to working at FFI he lived and worked in Ecuador and Indonesia looking at a range of issues including oil exploration and palm oil. He also has experience in the UK working with the South Downs National Park Authority, the Environment Agency and has spent time with F&C asset management and The Body Shop International. Paul has an MBA from the University of Cambridge, where he was recipient of a full Sainsbury Scholarship, an MSc from King’s College London and a BSc from Cardiff University.

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