Session VII

Biodiversity and nature
Examination Schools - East School
Session Time:

Dr Ben Caldecott

Oxford Sustainable Finance Group, University of Oxford
Director, Lombard Odier Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow

Dr Saskia de Vries

De Nederlandsche Bank
Head of the International Financial Architecture

Niki Mardas

Global Canopy
Executive Director

Professor Nathalie Seddon

Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford
Professor of Biodiversity and Director

Zaneta Sedilekova

Climate Law Lab
Director, Climate and Biodiversity

Session Detail:

Halting and reversing the ongoing loss and degradation of nature and its biodiversity are amongst the greatest challenges of our time. The current state of play is deeply worrying. The drivers of habitat destruction and biodiversity loss continue and we are not yet able to deploy capital into nature recovery at the scale or pace required, whether at global, national or subnational levels. Nor are we able to properly measure and manage nature-related risks in economic and financial decision-making. This needs to change incredibly quickly.

This session, organised in partnership with the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery at Oxford, will focus on what we should be testing and scaling to shift capital flows. We will explore what needs to happen to create a global financial architecture able to fund and finance nature recovery, how financial regulation and supervision could drive transformations in financial practice, and innovations in measuring nature-related financial risks.