This e-learning is tailored to help you:
- better understand the challenges in investing in nature and how to overcome them;
- put together investment propositions for natural capital and biodiversity-related projects.
What you will learn
Businesses often see access to finance as a barrier in scaling up projects that benefit natural capital and biodiversity. On the other side of the table, banks and other investors struggle to develop a pipeline of investible projects that enhance natural capital and biodiversity.
This online toolkit will help you identify the cost-saving and revenue-generating opportunities that nature could unleash for you. It will help you think about the optimal financial structure for your project or business and outline practical ways for you to access financing to incorporate these solutions into your operations.
The e-learning module complements the EIB’s recent publication “Investing in nature: financing conservation and nature-based solutions,” which provides a practical guide on how to put together investment propositions.
This step-by-step guide is relevant for:
- entrepreneurs exploring nature-based solutions to improve project performance, cut costs or drive new revenue,
- conservation organisations or foundations seeking to move towards a commercial business model making them less dependent on grant funding,
- corporations looking to offset the environmental impact of operations,
- financial institutions looking to support conservation or nature-based climate projects,
- fund managers considering raising capital for conservation or biodiversity projects in Europe,
- cities or municipalities inspired to become greener, more biodiversity-friendly and resilient to climate change.
Part 1: Introduction to financing investments in natural capital
The first part of the guide provides an introduction on the financing of investments in natural capital. It elaborates on:
- understanding the main challenges in setting up a natural capital investment from a financier’s perspective;
- defining the investment project;
- developing a business idea and business model;
- defining the investment need.
Download Part 1 of the guide
Watch the video recording
Part 2: Business models for conservation and nature-based solutions projects
This part of the guide focuses on the various business models for conservation projects. You will find more information on:
- business models for conservation projects;
- ways to design a business model that also contributes to conservation and/or uses nature-based solutions for climate adaptation;
- key elements of working with the EIB or other banks to present a project.
Download Part 2 of the guide, focusing on a practical case study from Rewilding Europe Capital
Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF)
Do you have a project that contributes to promoting the EU’s biodiversity or uses a nature-based solution to adapt to climate change? Are you looking for financing?
The Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF) is a dedicated financial instrument set up by the EIB and the European Commission that supports projects delivering on biodiversity and climate adaptation in Europe.