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Transforming the way we protect nature.

NatureVest is TNC's in-house impact investing team.

NatureVest is the in-house impact investing team at The Nature Conservancy, working with our colleagues and conservation collaborators around the world to source and structure investment products that support TNC’s mission at scale.

Our team has helped TNC and its partners originate, structure, fund and close investment vehicles representing more than $2.3 billion of committed capital.

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Breaking News

Meet our New Managing Director

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced today that Lauren Ferstandig has been named Managing Director of the NatureVest impact investing team.

Lauren originally joined NatureVest in 2014 and has been a key architect in shaping TNC’s private capital strategy. Now leading the team, her vision is to significantly increase NatureVest’s capacity in sourcing and closing investments that deliver on TNC’s 2030 goals with transactions that help tackle the climate and biodiversity crises. Lauren previously led the team’s deal origination function and worked collaboratively with Conservancy colleagues to structure and close impact deals across Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Taking the lead, Lauren will focus on the development and introduction of a broader suite of market solutions for NatureVest. In addition to the existing Origination (transaction structuring) and post-close Impact Management teams, Lauren will oversee the launch of the new Sustainable Financial Advisory team, which will include a dedicated Carbon Finance team. The Sustainable Financial Advisory team will collaborate with other TNC teams to develop new opportunities to fund critical conservation work. With a full suite of solutions, NatureVest is aiming to scale opportunities for TNC’s partners and to build access to the wider scope of the impact investment market.

Lauren succeeds former Managing Director Charlotte Kaiser, who recently departed TNC to join BTG Pactual’s Timberland Investment Group (TIG) as the firm’s Head of Impact Finance. As part of her new role, Charlotte will oversee TIG’s relationship with TNC and continue to collaborate with the NatureVest team.

Lauren will build upon her relationships and credibility with colleagues and investment partners—as well as her experience building connections and structuring opportunities—to help the team deliver market-based strategies for managing and valuing our natural resources.

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Our Mission

While philanthropy and public funding have long been essential to conserving our natural resources, the massive scale of today’s environmental challenges requires additional sources of financing. NatureVest’s mission is to engage private capital to rapidly scale critical conservation work around the world by creating investment opportunities in a wide variety of sectors that deliver environmental results and financial returns for investors.

To achieve this, we source and structure investments that support The Nature Conservancy’s mission, raise capital from investors looking to generate both financial returns and conservation outcomes and share our experience with the investment and conservation communities to accelerate the growth of the conservation investing marketplace.

Our Approach

Since 2014, we have helped source more than $2.3 billion of investment capital to put to work toward measurable conservation outcomes. In order to continue growing TNC's impact capital portfolio, NatureVest does three things:

Our team members work with our colleagues in TNC’s operating units, as well as with conservation collaborators around the world, to source and structure investment products that support the organization’s mission.

We engage impact investors to source impact capital in effective, scalable ways—using the TNC's deep insights in science, policy and practice and its relationships with the capital markets, businesses and government.

We share our knowledge and experience broadly to build a stronger community of support for investing in nature.

Our History

Throughout its history, TNC has achieved results through innovative transaction-based structures, such as fishing quota acquisition, debt restructuring, water funds, New Markets Tax Credits and others.

As the impact investing market began to take shape and grow, TNC saw an opportunity to leverage private capital for conservation. With support from the Robertson Foundation in 2010, TNC launched its impact capital strategy and created a deal team charged with developing investable conservation deals in North America. This support led to the 2012 launch of the Conservation Note—the organization’s first broad investment offering, providing all types of investors with a way to support conservation through investment. The response from investors was swift and positive, and the Note was fully subscribed within a year.

With support from the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, TNC created an international deal team focused on sourcing deals from around the world, including forest carbon finance, mitigation and debt restructuring for climate adaptation.

In 2014, with founding sponsorship from JPMorgan Chase & Co., TNC formed NatureVest, a dedicated and more comprehensive conservation finance platform. This allowed us to bring the two deal teams together and to leverage the combined expertise, scope and scale of both teams and of JPMorgan Chase & Co. NatureVest’s founding also enabled us to add additional expertise to build thought leadership for the growing conservation investing space.

Providing a Platform for Conservation Investment

NatureVest creates and transacts investments aimed at delivering conservation results and financial returns for investors in a wide variety of geographies and sectors around the world. We collaborate with conservation teams on projects that engage the participation of a range of investors and generate a consistent source of capital to support the completion of these projects.

Strategies

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    Forests & Carbon

    Forests provide wildlife habitat, clean water, carbon storage and economic opportunity. TNC is transforming how we use timberlands, inspiring better land-use practices and protecting habitats. Learn more

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    Ocean Protection

    With marine ecosystems and fisheries around the world threatened by climate change and over-fishing, leaders across sectors are recognizing and leveraging potential solutions in nature. Learn more

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    Sustainable Agriculture & Water

    Thoughtful land use regimes and sustainable practices can maintain the world's current agricultural footprint and still provide food security for a population of 9 billion. Learn more

Now is the Time to Add Nature to Your Portfolio

NatureVest is developing a pipeline of deals that are ready to receive impact capital and can scale conservation work around the globe, while also delivering a financial return for investors.

Our investment opportunities have a range of risk and return profiles and therefore appeal to an expansive audience of conservation impact investors including, but not limited to individuals, foundations, family offices, pension funds and development finance institutions.

Resources

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    2021 Impact Report

    NatureVest, the conservation investing unit of The Nature Conservancy, engages private investment capital to rapidly scale critical conservation work around the world. Download

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    2020 Impact Report

    NatureVest 2020 Impact Report Download

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    NatureVest Brochure

    Philanthropy and public funding have long been essential to protecting our natural resources, but the massive scale of today’s environmental challenges requires additional sources of financing. Browse the brochure.

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    Biodiversity Gap Paper

    Closing the Global Biodiversity Financing Gap, Full Report Learn more

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    Climate Finance Playbook

    Innovative strategies to finance a cooler, safer planet. Read the report.

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    Biodiversity Action Guide

    A landscape assessment of an emerging market. This 2014 report documented the first-ever survey of conservation impact investing and revealed a market of approximately $23 billion between 2009-2014. Read the guide.