NatureVest is TNC’s Impact Investing and Sustainable Finance team
Human well-being and all forms of economic and financial stability depend on natural capital, which can be measured and valued. Together with our TNC colleagues and external partners, we source, structure, fund, and close innovative investment deals that aim to generate environmental, social, and financial returns. All NatureVest deals support TNC’s 2030 goals of addressing the biodiversity and climate crisis.
Celebrating The Largest Conservation Easement in Kentucky
The 54,560-acre Cumberland Forest Wildlife Management Area receives permanent protection and features public recreation access.
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?
Driving Market Solutions for Climate Action and Biodiversity Protection
The climate crisis has pushed nature to a critical point. To concurrently sustain the needs of a growing population and battle the issues of climate change and biodiversity loss, traditional production methods are insufficient. Instead, we must shift toward innovative, nature-based and climate-smart solutions to address these challenges.
Measurable Conservation Outcomes
NatureVest directs private capital into climate-smart and nature-based projects that can deliver quantifiable outcomes for conservation and communities.
Since 2014, our projects have raised $3.3 billion in capital for conservation.
Our Impact Investment Strategy
- Source and structure investments with measurable conservation outcomes
- Identify new business models that can reduce negative environmental and social impacts and deliver conservation and community outcomes
- Pursue investments that directly support The Nature Conservancy’s 2030 goals
- Support the deployment of impact capital from investors across the risk/return spectrum to benefit nature
- Build pathways for new markets to finance conservation outcomes
- Manage and report on progress toward conservation goals
To Date, Our Impact Investment Portfolio Has Included:
- Leveraging nature-based solutions to address the climate crisis
- Equity funds investing in pathways to more sustainable land use
- Sovereign debt refinancing to generate conservation funding
- Flexible loans to ecotourism businesses on the front line of big landscape conservation
Our Approach to Conservation Funding
As part of TNC’s Impact Finance and Markets Division, the NatureVest team innovates, develops, and tests new business and investment models that help achieve conservation at scale.
To collaborate with TNC colleagues, external partners, and investors worldwide, to source and structure investments and other market solutions that advance TNC’s mission. To leverage TNC’s conservation science to integrate conservation and social outcomes into business operations and investments, maximizing the impact of our closed deals and business interventions
To Identify and implement market solutions to maximize potential impact capital sources for TNC's existing conservation programs. To collaborate and integrate with other Impact Finance and Markets experts in corporate practices, economics, and carbon markets to leverage synergies across multiple pathways
By combining global conservation expertise and capacity with an integrated sustainable finance team, TNC is helping to evolve the way conservation is funded worldwide
Having reached more than $3 billion in deals, NatureVest is now expanding its services to explore new opportunities for impact. With the addition of an internal Financial Advisory team helping TNC staff identify market solutions to conservation challenges and a Carbon Finance team helping advance nature-based solutions, NatureVest is in a strong position to support TNC’s 2030 Goals below.
The team at NatureVest is growing in size and refining its approach as it strives to develop market innovations, close impact investments, and influence the market. This growth reflects a significant positive trend within the impact investing sector, which allows us to undertake more projects that benefit people and the planet.
TNC’s Goals for 2030
We’re racing to hit these targets to help the world reverse climate change and biodiversity loss. Together, we find the paths to make change possible.View Our Priorities
Avoid or sequester 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually—the same as taking 650 million cars off the road every year.
Help 100 million people at severe risk of climate-related emergencies by safeguarding habitats that protect communities.
Conserve 650 million hectares—a land area twice the size of India—of biodiverse habitats such as forests, grasslands and desert.
Conserve 4 billion hectares of marine habitat—more than 10% of the world’s oceans—through protected areas, sustainable fishing and more.
Conserve 1 million kilometers of rivers—enough to stretch 25 times around the globe—plus 30 million hectares of lakes and wetlands.
Support the leadership of 45 million people from Indigenous and local communities in stewarding their environment and securing rights.
Careers at The Nature Conservancy
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A Platform Dedicated to Conservation Investment
NatureVest sources, structures, and executes investments that aim to deliver conservation alongside financial returns—globally, across multiple sectors.
Investment sectors include:
- Forestry and Carbon
- Water and Agriculture
- Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Sovereign Debt Solutions
- Conservation Tourism
- Infrastructure and Renewable Energy
A Sample of Our Impact Deals
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.
NatureVest has helped TNC colleagues and external partners originate, structure, fund, and close a portfolio of global impact investments.DOWNLOAD
Conservation Outcomes at a Glance
Tons of CO2 emissions avoided
Square Miles of ocean with improved management
Acres of land protected
In committed capital
Investing for Impact: Backing Africa’s Conservation Tourism Sector
The Nature Conservancy and ThirdWay Partners establish a blended finance investment fund to support conservation tourism in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Government of Belize partners with The Nature Conservancy to Conserve 30% of its Ocean Through Debt Conversion
The project is part of a groundbreaking, global plan to fund ocean conservation while providing fiscal and economic benefits for coastal nations
Nov 04, 2021
The Nature Conservancy and BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group join forces to pursue climate action and conservation
Collaboration aims to leverage potential of sustainably managed forests across the United States to address the biodiversity and climate crises.
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
Belize Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation Impact Report
Belize Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation Impact Report 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.
Belize Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation Case Study (Chinese)
Belize Case Study, Chinese translation Download
Estudio de Caso: Bonos Azules para la Conservación de los Océanos: Belice
La segunda conversión de deuda soberana de TNC es una transacción que generará USD 180 millones para financiar proyectos ambientales y de desarrollo sostenible. Lea el nuevo Estudio de Caso para aprender más. Descargar
Estudio de Caso: Bonos Azules para la Conservación de los Océanos: Barbados
La tercera conversión de deuda soberana de TNC es una transacción que generará USD 50 millones para financiar proyectos ambientales y de desarrollo sostenible. Lea el nuevo Estudio de Caso para aprender más. Descargar
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 (GIIN)
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
Mission Investors Exchange (MIE)
Mission Investors Exchange is the an impact investing network for foundations, philanthropic asset owners, and their partners. MIE provides resources, inspiration, and connections to help members increase the scale of their impact. Learn more
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
TEEB seeks to draw attention to the invisibility of nature in the economic choices we make. TEEB advocates a three-step approach valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services; recognizing, demonstrating and capturing value. Learn more
Private Investment and Capital Markets Have a Crucial Role To Play in Addressing the Climate and Biodiversity Crises
We are dedicated to developing a pipeline of impactful investments and broader market interventions that can deliver conservation at scale. Successful investing in conservation requires expert advisors, active management, and good governance. With NatureVest and the Impact Finance and Markets Division’s other market-facing teams, TNC has the experience and knowledge necessary to achieve measurable conservation.
Past Participants in Our Projects Have Included:
- Family offices
- Pension funds
- Investment banks
- Development finance institutions
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