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Day 1 November 24, 2020

1 to 2 pm
Opening Session: Financing natural climate solutions and nature recovery
In this opening session, we explain how natural capital finance is integral to climate resilience, net zero and nature recovery. We will set the vision for this vital aspect of 'financing green' in HM Government's Green Finance Strategy.
  • Opening address by Andrew Griffith MP (the UK's Net Zero Business Champion)
  • Keynote address by Rhian-Mari Thomas (Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute)
  • Opening remarks and launch announcement from WWF and Finance Earth. Karen Ellis (Director of Sustainable Economy, WWF UK), Jamie Mansfield (Co-founder and Director, Finance Earth), Toby Roxburgh (Head of Sustainable Economic Policy, WWF UK)
2.15 to 3.30 pm
Investment Readiness Fund webinar
Becoming Investment Ready: Investable Success Stories
What does investment success look like for nature-based projects and what happens along the way? Four nature-based projects from around the world share insights from their journey from early-stage development to creating models that attract and secure investment. There will be an opportunity for Q&A. 
  • Gwyn Williams, Head of Conservation Investment, RSPB
  • Eric Letsinger, Founder & CEO, Quantified Ventures
  • Alan McDonnell, Conservation Projects Manager, Trees for Life
  • Darius Sarshar, Investment Director, SLM Silva Fund
An Investment Readiness Fund webinar, hosted by the Green Finance Institute on behalf of the Environment Agency and Defra
3.45 to 4.25 pm
Blended finance for protection & restoration of the natural environment: a global overview
  • Presentation by Katherine Stodulka (Programme Director, Blended Finance Taskforce at SYSTEMIQ)
4:30 - 5:20 pm
Investing in UK enterprise to harness the value of seaweed 
  • Introduced by Adrien Vincent (Head of Oceans, SYSTEMIQ / Director of the Seaweed Coalition for Europe)
  • Presentation by Paul Dobbins (Senior Director of Impact Investing and Ecosystems Services, WWF US)
  • Pitch presentations by four pioneering UK-based seaweed ventures
Joint session sponsors: SYSTEMIQ and Seaweed for Europe

Day 2 November 25, 2020

9.30 am to 10.30 am (panel discussion)
Catalysing innovative finance: the role of central & devolved government
Central and devolved government has an important role to play in creating the conditions in which financial innovation for a natural environment investment can happen. Join this session to hear perspectives on the role that government can play. 
The panel is to be chaired by David Young (Broadway Initiative and Wheatley Young Partners).  The panellists are:
  • Emily Briggs (Deputy Director for Green Finance, Defra)
  • Ida Levine (Board Member & Lead Expert on Policy and Regulation, Impact Investing Institute)
  • Sara McGuckin (Head of Natural Science in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency)
  • Andy Sloan, Deputy CEO, Strategy at We Are Guernsey)

11 am to 12.15 pm (panel discussion)

The role of local government in financing nature recovery and climate adaptation
Local government is well-placed to catalyse new finance for nature recovery and climate adaptation. It works with local businesses and local communities for wellbeing and prosperity. In this session, the panel will explore the unique capabilities of local government in driving and accessing new forms of green finance. 

A panel discussion, Chaired by Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council. The panellists will be:

  • Kat Deeney (Head of Environmental Planning at Plymouth City Council)
  • Chris Traill (Director for Place and Growth, Wokingham Borough Council)
  • Krista Patrick (Natural Capital Co-ordinator, Greater Manchester Combined Authority)
  • James Stuart (Convenor, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority)

1.20 - 1.55 pm
Advancing climate resilient investment in the UK. A presentation by Carlos Sánchez, Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment 
2 to 3 pm (Panel discussion)
Investing in the marine & coastal environment

In the UK and beyond, the marine and coastal environment presents both challenge and opportunity for investors seeking returns and impact. Join this session to discover the potential for investments that deliver tourism, fisheries, sustainable materials and climate adaptation. 

The session will be chaired by Louise Heaps, Head of Sustainable Blue Economy, WWF UK. Panellists:

  • Simon Dent (Blue Investments Director, Mirova)

  • Jamie Mansfield (Co-founder and Director, Finance Earth)

  • Nicola Clay (Commercial Director for Maritime & Aviation, Royal HaskoningDHV)

  • Henri Brocklebank (Director of Conservation Evidence and Policy, Sussex Wildlife Trust)

This session is kindly sponsored by Finance Earth (formerly Environmental Finance Ltd.)
3.30 to 4.45 pm
Investment Readiness Fund Webinar
Becoming Investment Ready: The Investor View
What are investors looking for? What does investment readiness mean? On this panel, four investors share their experience in finding suitable nature-based projects to finance. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Session Chaired by Helen Avery (Editorial Director, Green Finance Institute)
  • Sarah Barber (Senior Sustainability Manager, Lloyds Banking Group)
  • Dan Hird (Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank)
  • Martin Berg (Partner, Pollination Group)
  • Richard Speak (Founding Director, Finance Earth)

An Investment Readiness Fund webinar, hosted by the Green Finance Institute on behalf of the Environment Agency and Defra

Day 3 November 26, 2020

9 to 10.30 am (Conversations with key green recovery leaders)
Catalysing a green recovery

  • 9 am The role of water utilities. Niki Roach (President of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management and Founder & Director AxiaOrigin) will be in conversation with Guy Thompson (Group Director, Environmental Futures, Wessex Water) and Jane Pilcher (Group Treasurer, Anglian Water)
  • 9.45 am The role of local enterprise & regeneration. Bruce Howard (Director, Ecosystems Knowledge Network) will be in conversation with Kirsten Trussell (Head of Strategy and Policy, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership) and Sarah Jane Chimbwandira, Chief Executive of Surrey Wildlife Trust). Following this, he will speak with Lee Oliver (Environment Manager, Diageo) and Pauline Silverman (Programme Manager, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency)
11 to 12.15 (Panel discussion)
The future for markets for environmental services and net gain

This discussion will be Chaired by Peter Young (independent consultant, former founding director and chair of the Aldersgate Group). Panellists:

  • David Baxter (Director of Operations, EnTrade)

  • Kerry ten Kate (independent consultant)

  • David Hill (Chairman of the Environment Bank)

  • Andy Griffiths (Head of Sustainable Supply Chain, Nestlé UK & Ireland).

  • Pat Snowdon (Head of Economics and Woodland Carbon Code, Scottish Forestry

Session Sponsors: Wessex Water and EnTrade
12.30 to 1.30 pm
Closing session: conclusions and next steps
In this session, we will chart the course for natural capital finance and investment in the UK, drawing on the insight that has been shared throughout the Conference
  • Address by Ben Macpherson MSP (Minister for Public Finance and Migration, Scottish Government)
  • Address by Rebecca Pow MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra, HM Government)
  • Rt Hon. Nick Hurd (Former Minister for Climate Change & Civil Society, Senior Adviser to Pollination and SYSTEMIQ).
  • Headline Sponsor's closing remarks: Richard Speak (Founder Director, Finance Earth)
This session will also include an address by 
2.30 pm to 3.45 pm
Investment Readiness Fund webinar
Becoming Investment Ready: Lessons from those on the journey
There are many hurdles to overcome along the path of being a grant-based nature project to one that can be supported by beneficiaries, and ultimately attract investment. Four project developers share their challenges and successes. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Session Chaired by Helen Avery (Editorial Director, Green Finance Institute)
  • David Baxter (Director of Operations, EnTrade)
  • Lee Dudley (Head of Environmental Carbon, Woodland Trust)
  • Harry Barton (Chief Executive, Devon Wildlife Trust)
  • Tom Dillon and Ben Stafford (Regenerate Asset Management)
An Investment Readiness Fund webinar, hosted by the Green Finance Institute on behalf of the Environment Agency and Defra

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