CI-Brasil and Sitawi organize workshop to build replicable investment models for nature conservation

A workshop to build replicable investment models for nature conservation brought together more than 40 professionals from the financial market, investment and conservation sectors this Wednesday, 1/31, to discuss the financing gaps that exist for sustainable businesses . During the meeting, promoted by Conservation International (CI-Brazil) and Sitawi Finanças do Bem, previews of the so-called blueprints, replicable business models focused on nature and climate conservation.

The creation of blueprints is an unprecedented initiative in Brazil and aims to contribute to discussions about paving possible paths where investors can allocate financial resources and obtain profits generating socio-environmental benefits. The three blueprints discussed at the event focused on bioeconomy cooperatives, forest restoration and biodiversity production chains.

“We work to create a favorable business environment for private investments to promote the appreciation of forest products and services. However, to unlock this financial flow, it is necessary to understand gaps and define the enabling conditions for this paradigm shift. And, it is necessary to learn from the financial market how to shape these good ideas into attractive business models for commercial capital”, explains Miguel Moraes, Senior Director of Programs at CI-Brasil.

Professionals from the financial market, investment and conservation sectors debate financing gaps for sustainable businesses.

The event aimed to present a preview of the blueprints and collect technical subsidies to improve replicable investment models. The contributions and strategic perspectives will be incorporated into the next stage of the project, which will work on consolidating the blueprints for later public release.

“The workshop was essential to evolve in the structuring of blueprints of investment in nature conservation, as it was possible to discuss and validate the proposed structures with various actors in the financial sector. Participants ranged from philanthropic organizations, which are more concerned with positive results in conservation, through impact investors, to more traditional actors in the financial sector, such as banks and venture capital funds. I see that there is room for everyone depending on the business model that is designed. However, in my opinion, the most important thing is that the different actors work together. Thus, return and impact needs can be achieved”, declares Fernando Campos, Conservation and Climate Finance Manager at Sitawi.

Paths to combat the climate crisis

The severe impacts caused by the climate crisis are already part of life on the planet. Climate scientists estimate that the consequences of the crisis will intensify if concrete measures are not adopted by governments, companies, academia and society to achieve the goals established in the Paris Agreement and the Global Biodiversity Framework. Among the necessary measures is the development of a low-carbon economy that protects nature. However, one of the challenges encountered in this process is the financing gap in biodiversity and climate through sustainable businesses.

The event was promoted by the “Forest Finance and Investment Incubator” project, which aims to facilitate the flow of private investments for climate strategies, mainly related to forests and land use. The project is led by Conservation International in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute, has technical support from Sitawi and is funded by the US Department of State.

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