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Natural Value Initiative

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Written by: Cecilia Repinski
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The Natural Value Initiative (NVI) aims to help financial institutions better understand and address the biodiversity impacts and associated risks of the financial services they provide. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) leads the partnership which includes the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Nyenrode Business School, and the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development. The NVI has also collaborated with a number of investors including Aviva Investors and F&C Investments.

To date, the NVI has created a toolkit to enable asset managers to better understand the impacts and dependency of their investments on biodiversity and ecosystem services within tobacco, food and drink, oil and gas, and mining sectors.

A key element of the toolkit is the Ecosystem Services Benchmark (full report) which evaluates corporate approaches to managing impacts and dependence on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The NVI is also assessing the potential for strengthening biodiversity and ecosystem services management in the fisheries sector. Overfishing creates financial risks. These risks could be reduced if there was greater emphasis by investors and lenders on formulating strict sustainability criteria for fish production and wholesaling businesses.

We have developed the Sustainable Seafood Finance initiative, in partnership with the North Sea Foundation, to improve the sustainability performance of the fisheries sector by engaging its investors and lenders.

Through the NVI we are also supporting the Natural Capital Declaration. We currently manage one of 4 working groups focused on the development of financial products that will support the greening of the global economy. Working with Mexican Bank Banorte, this working group aims to develop and test a suite of products capable of supporting mainstream finance institutions to understand the opportunities related to Natural Capital.

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Cecilia Repinski

Cecilia Repinski is the Director of the Natural Value Initiative (NVI). Cecilia has a long track record of engaging financial institutions around natural capital. At the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, DC Cecilia demonstrated how the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) could achieve their development goals more effectively by mainstreaming considerations to biodiversity and ecosystem services in their project financing. In addition to the MDBs, Cecilia has also worked with Equator Principle Banks, institutional investors such as the Swedish AP Funds, and asset managers. At GES Investment Services, a rating agency, Cecilia created a water risk rating methodology as a means by which to stimulate improved water management in the private sector. In 2011 Cecilia founded Gaia Values, a Swedish charity, set up to support a mind shift in how the private sector perceive and manage natural assets.

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