Biodiversity, our 2020 roadmap
2020 and 2021 are pivotal years for taking action to protect nature and biodiversity. There are several key events coming up over the next few months. Among them: the New York UN summit on Biodiversity in September 2020, the World Conservation Congress organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be held in Marseille in January 2021, the COP15 on Biodiversity in China in, as well as and the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, both rescheduled in 2021.
The involvement of the economic and financial sectors will play a central role in the success of this series of diplomatic events. As was the case with the Paris COP21 climate conference, the mobilization of companies and investors will be a key driver of government decisions. The green and sustainable investment sector, which is showing steady growth, must be positioned at the heart of this movement. Investment is a powerful incentive, and it must serve the preservation of biodiversity, just as it has served the fight against climate change. Such service involves gradually factoring the impact on nature and biodiversity into our risk assessments and our search for investment opportunities. At Mirova, we set out on this task enthusiastically, confident in the favorable impact that nature‑focused investment will have on everyone.
We have set three main objectives for ourselves:
- Accelerate our direct investment in natural capital and Nature‑Based Solutions and develop a market ranging from incubation to scale-up of new models;
- Develop a data-driven methodology and market focused on companies impact on biodiversity to better integrate said biodiversity into the investment process for listed funds;
- Participate in an initiative that brings together public and private players to create tools designed to help the financial sector preserve nature.