The Finance for Biodiversity (F4B) initiative was established in October 2019 as an initiative to increase the materiality of biodiversity in financial decision-making, and so better align global finance with nature conservation and restoration. F4B focuses on the following strategic areas :
Market efficiency and innovation
F4B is also developing a number of cross-cutting workstreams, for example, on policy and the food-finance nexus.
Biodiversity impacts are not factored into the vast majority of financing decisions taken today. In the worlds of finance and politics, biodiversity is still also overshadowed by another big environmental threat, climate change. But momentum is growing.
The initiative is a dual-purpose platform, both with its own research and implementation capability, as well as a programme for regranting resources to others. It is supported by the MAVA Foundation as well as CIFF and its work is guided by a leadership group of experts and practitioners in the field.
F4B aims to achieve its goal through network effects and by engaging key organisations, experts and influencers to align their agendas and establish a common framework for biodiversity and finance. The initiative follows a dynamic learning model that quickly tests, learns and reinforces success, through collaboration, leveraging of existing initiatives, and catalysing new areas of work. F4B’s regranting capability allows the initiative to rapidly respond to global developments as they unfold, as well as work with a diverse network of third-parties, crowding in knowledge and expertise.
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