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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 $3.1 billion of committed capital.
NatureVest 2022 Impact Report: Conservation Alongside Financial Returns.
Learn about NatureVest and The Nature Conservancy's impact capital portfolio.
The Nature Conservancy Announces Its Third Global Debt Conversion in Barbados
This project will enable the Government of Barbados to protect and effectively manage up to 30% of Barbados’ waters.
The Nature Conservancy and BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group
Joining forces to pursue climate action and conservation on more than $850 million of timberland assets in the U.S.
Bridging the Nature Funding Gap
Could the Sustainable Water Impact Fund (SWIF) provide a new conservation north star for impact investing?
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.
Since 2014, we have helped source more than $3.1 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.
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.
Leadership TeamVIEW MORE
Impact Finance & Markets Advisory Board
Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc; President, Walmart Foundation
A Platform Dedicated to Conservation Investment
The NatureVest team sources, structures, and executes investments aimed at delivering conservation alongside financial returns—globally, across multiple sectors.
Investment strategies include:
- Forestry and Carbon
- Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Clean Water Solutions
- Sovereign Debt Solutions
- Conservation Tourism
NatureVest deals are designed to support TNC’s 2030 goals, which include conserving 1.6 billion acres of land and reducing or storing three gigatons of CO2 emissions each year.
A Sample of Our Impact Deals
NatureVest has helped TNC colleagues and external partners originate, structure, fund, and close a portfolio of 15 investment vehicles.DOWNLOAD
Belize Turns to Its Coral Reef To Escape Debt Trap
By The New York Times | Nov 2022
Blue Bond in Belize wins the 2022 Grunin Prize for Social Entrepreneurship Awarded at NYU Law
By NYU School of Law | Jun 2022
Blue Bond in Belize Picks Up Two Prestigious Awards
Belize Reef Relief
By The Economist | Nov 2021
The project is part of a groundbreaking, global plan to fund ocean conservation while providing fiscal and economic benefits for coastal nations
Nov 05, 2021
Collaboration aims to leverage potential of sustainably managed forests across the United States to address the biodiversity and climate crises.
Sep 14, 2021
One of the first utility-scale solar projects on former surface mines will be developed in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia.
Sep 13, 2021
2022 NatureVest Impact Report
From oceans to forests, private capital is helping to deliver conservation at scale. NatureVest engages private investment capital to rapidly scale critical conservation work around the world. Download
2022 Cumberland Forest Impact Report
The Cumberland Forest Project comprises 253,000 acres of working forest land in the Central Appalachians. Backed by private investors, the Project seeks to provide positive conservation, community, and financial returns. Download
2022 SWIF Impact Report
SWIF targets underutilized assets that can be optimized for their water, agriculture, habitat conservation, and/or renewable energy potential. Download the 2022 report to read about progress to date and what's next for SWIF. Download
Barbados Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation Case Study
TNC"s third debt conversion is a deal that will unlock approximately $50M to support environmental and sustainable development actions. Read the new case study to learn more: Barbados Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation. Download
Belize Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation Case Study
Learn about The Nature Conservancy’s award-winning debt conversion in this detailed case study: Belize Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation. Download
2021 NatureVest Impact Report
NatureVest 2021 Impact Report Download
2020 NatureVest Impact Report
NatureVest 2020 Impact Report Download
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.
Biodiversity Gap Paper
Closing the Global Biodiversity Financing Gap, Full Report Learn more
Climate Finance Playbook
Innovative strategies to finance a cooler, safer planet. Read the report.
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.
Office of Investments
The Office of Investments is responsible for managing TNC’s long-term investments and endowment pools totaling approximately $4.0 billion. Learn more.
Belize Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation Case Study (Chinese)
Belize Case Study, Chinese translation Download
Noted organizations in the impact investing space include:
Conservation Finance Network
The Conservation Finance Network (CFN) advances land and resource conservation by expanding the use of innovative and effective funding and financing Learn more
The Global Impact Investing Network
The Global Impact Investing Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Learn more
Conservation Finance Alliance
The Alliance promotes global awareness, expertise, and innovation in conservation finance. Learn more