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The Bottom Line: Taking Stock of the Role of Offsets in Corporate Carbon Strategies

In 2013, CDP-reporting companies purchased 50.3 million offsets. This is equivalent to not burning 117 million barrels of oil, or shutting down 13 coal-fired power plants for one year. But it still represents less than 1% of reporting companies’ 2013 emissions not reduced by other means. This report explores offsetting from a business perspective, exploring how companies incorporate offsetting into comprehensive carbon management strategies – and how they drive investment in these emissions reductions activities.


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Author(s): Allie Goldstein (Ecosystem Marketplace)
Sunday, Mar 15 2015
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Building Inclusive Green Economies in Africa

This report summarizes the key findings of a series of assessment reports recently carried out by the Green Economy in Africa project supported by the European Union and led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in close collaboration with national partners. While each country is forging its own pathway, the report presents an array of examples that show how countries at the forefront of this transition recognize the potential of shifting to a green, low carbon and inclusive economy. Building on a strong endowment of natural resources, skills and cultures, Africa is well-poised to benefit from a global shift to more sustainable models of economic growth.


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Author(s): United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Thursday, Mar 5 2015
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Investing in Conservation: A landscape assessment of an emerging market

A new first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a market of approximately $23 billion across just the last five years, and finds that investments in this space are expected to more than triple over the next five years (2014-2018). However, the report also finds that a substantial amount of potential private capital has not been deployed, demonstrating a need for a significant increase in the number of risk-adjusted investment opportunities.


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Author(s): EKO Asset Management Partners and The Nature Conservancy's NatureVest
Monday, Nov 10 2014
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The BIOFIN Workbook: A Tool to Mobilize Financial Resources for Biodiversity and Development

The goal of the BIOFIN (The Biodiversity Finance Initiative) Workbook is to enable partner countries to transform the trajectory of biodiversity, finance and development, and to chart a pathway to a sustainable future.


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Author(s): BIOFIN (UNDP)
Tuesday, Oct 14 2014
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Integrated Governance: A New Model of Governance for Sustainability

The focus of this report is to identify corporate governance practices that could promote a durable culture of sustainability within corporations. As companies increasingly recognize the need to develop a sustainable strategy, where sustainability issues are integrated into the core of the business model, a respective need is created for a governance model that is able to supervise the formulation and execution of such a strategy.


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Author(s): UNEP FI
Sunday, Jun 15 2014
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Conservation Finance Moving beyond donor funding toward an investor-driven approach

This report shows existing unexploited private sector investment opportunities to increase conservation finance and deliver maximum conservation impacts while, at the same time, generating returns for investors. In order to develop appropriate financing structures and ensure that private sector conservation finance results in measurable conservation outcomes, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations must experiment and define their respective roles and approaches.


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Author(s): Credit Suisse AG, World Wildlife Fund, Inc. & McKinsey & Company
Wednesday, Jan 15 2014
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Social Impact Bonds: Using Impact Investment to Expand Effective Social Programs

This article focuses on how impact investors in SIBs can help drive improved performance in the U.S. social sector while providing growth capital to effective nonprofit or social enterprises.

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Author(s): Luther Ragin, Jr. e Tracy Palandjian
Tuesday, Apr 16 2013
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Reshaping contracts for quality natural resource investments

Investment contracts are agreements between an investor and a host state that set the terms of an investment project. Together with applicable national and international law, these contracts define the way risks, costs and benefits are distributed.


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Author(s): IIED
Saturday, Mar 09 2013
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The Conservation Investment Landscape

This presentation represent work done for two large US-based foundations seeking to invest in sustainable natural resource investment opportunities aligned with their programmatic objectives. The presentation focuses on representative land and freshwater conservation opportunities.


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Author(s): Imprint Capital Advisors
Friday, Mar 1st 2013
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To No Net Loss and Beyond: An Overview of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme

This document aims to help those wishing to consider and develop best practices related to the mitigation hierarchy.

Author(s): Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme
Saturday, Jan 26 2013
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A New Angle on Sovereign Credit Risk

This report addresses how and why natural resource and environmental risks are becoming financially material for sovereign credit risk, not just in the medium term, but even in the short run. The E-RISC methodology focuses on the development of metrics and methods for quantifying natural resource and environmental risks so they can be incorporated into sovereign credit risk assessments.

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Author(s): UNEP Finance Initiative & Global Footprint Network
Monday, Dec 3 2012
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Accion’s Frontier Investments Group: Drive Efficiency Through Centralization

This paper delivers a new impact measurement program that seeks to increase centralization and take a data-driven approach to portfolio management in order to expand financial inclusion.

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Author(s): Global Impact Investing Network
Thursday, Oct 25 2012
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Expanding Financing for Biodiversity Conservation: Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean

This publication signals that conservation can build on the success of experienced institutions and programs to seek the public-private partnerships necessary to mobilize more funding and citizen action for biodiversity conservation. The experiences reviewed recognize the role of civil society and private sector.


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Author(s): The World Bank
Friday, Oct 19 2012
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The Little Forest Finance Book: 14 catalysts to scale up forest-friendly finance

The Little Forest Finance Book’s overarching aim is to catalyse an increase in the finance flowing towards forest-friendly development. It is a reference for decision makers and project stakeholders within governments, NGOs, the private sector, and forest communities who want to understand where forest finance can be raised, how it can best be managed, and the types of activities that it enables.

Author(s): Nick Oakes, Matt Leggett, Matthew Cranford and Harry Vickers
Thursday, Oct 18 2012
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Catalysing Ocean Finance

This publication argues that, far from being an intractable problem, sustainable ocean management could become a successful legacy of today’s generation of decision-makers. It shows how the challenges facing the ocean stem from widely understood market and policy failures.


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Author(s): UNDP and GEF
Sunday, Sep 09 2012
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To date:

Estimating Mobilized Private Climate Finance: Methodological Approaches, Options and Trade-offs
by Aman Srivastava (WRI), Raphaël Jachnik (OECD) and Randy Caruso (OECD)

The Bottom Line: Taking Stock of the Role of Offsets in Corporate Carbon Strategies
by Allie Goldstein (Ecosystem Marketplace)

Building Inclusive Green Economies in Africa
by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


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