18 episodes

The Earth is in trouble. But the ocean can help.

When it comes to tackling climate change and the biodiversity crisis, the ocean and the world’s coastlines offer many solutions. Yet these solutions don’t receive anywhere near enough money to realize them. And while governments and philanthropists should provide more funding, they can’t meet the challenge alone. Investments from the private sector are equally key to success.

Entrepreneurs across the world need support to integrate restoration and conservation into sustainable businesses. Only then can we create profit, both for people and for planet.

Join Dorothée Herr – manager of the IUCN’s Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility – to discover the reasons to invest in the ocean. In Investing For Ocean Impact we’ll talk to leading experts, global policymakers, and investment movers and shakers. We’ll also dive into real life, working examples of Nature-based Solutions, from seaweed farms to marine protected areas, and show how these are projects that investors can indeed get behind.

The time to invest in our ocean is now. Subscribe, wherever you get your podcasts, so that you never miss an episode.

Investing For Ocean Impact IUCN

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The Earth is in trouble. But the ocean can help.

When it comes to tackling climate change and the biodiversity crisis, the ocean and the world’s coastlines offer many solutions. Yet these solutions don’t receive anywhere near enough money to realize them. And while governments and philanthropists should provide more funding, they can’t meet the challenge alone. Investments from the private sector are equally key to success.

Entrepreneurs across the world need support to integrate restoration and conservation into sustainable businesses. Only then can we create profit, both for people and for planet.

Join Dorothée Herr – manager of the IUCN’s Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility – to discover the reasons to invest in the ocean. In Investing For Ocean Impact we’ll talk to leading experts, global policymakers, and investment movers and shakers. We’ll also dive into real life, working examples of Nature-based Solutions, from seaweed farms to marine protected areas, and show how these are projects that investors can indeed get behind.

The time to invest in our ocean is now. Subscribe, wherever you get your podcasts, so that you never miss an episode.

    Are blue bonds the silver bullet for ocean conservation? Part II

    Are blue bonds the silver bullet for ocean conservation? Part II

    This is part two of our double feature on blue bonds.

    Last time we were introduced to blue bonds through the pioneering example of the Seychelles a few years ago. But today there’s a whole new generation of debt-for-nature swaps that restructure the debt of entire countries.

    In this episode, we speak to two of the people responsible for designing these deals to find out how they work – including the complex insurance clauses tying them together – and how widely they could be replicated.

    Featuring Slav Gatchev, Managing Director of Sustainable Debt at The Nature Conservancy; and Simon Young, Senior Director of the Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson.

    Investing For Ocean Impact is a Fresh Air Production on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is presented by Dorothée Herr and produced by Phil Sansom, with production assistance from Kamau Joseph.

    You can find out more about Slav and Simon's 'inverted avocado' HERE.
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    • 28 min
    4. Are blue bonds the silver bullet for ocean conservation? Part I

    4. Are blue bonds the silver bullet for ocean conservation? Part I

    What are blue bonds? They're some of the biggest deals in ocean finance today - in some cases involving restructuring the debt of entire nations. But how do they actually work?

    This is part one of two episodes about blue bonds, where we’re travelling to the Seychelles to talk about the first blue bond ever created - and asking how they deliver money to Nature-based Solutions.

    Featuring Melissa Walsh, Sustainable Ocean Finance Lead at the Minderoo Foundation; and Marie-May Jeremie, CEO of the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust.

    Investing For Ocean Impact is a Fresh Air Production on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is presented by Dorothée Herr and produced by Phil Sansom, with production assistance from Kamau Joseph.
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    • 31 min
    3. Insights from the Boardroom: Two Investors on Nature-Based Solutions and Tech Investments

    3. Insights from the Boardroom: Two Investors on Nature-Based Solutions and Tech Investments

    On this podcast we talk a lot about Nature-Based Solutions. But the devil is in the detail for actually implementing them in an investible way on the ground. 

    So in this episode, Dorothée Herr is joined by two seasoned investors to help break down the challenges in investing into Nature-Based Solutions, and discuss what other investments - such as tech - can offer in support. 

    Featuring Yabanex Batista, Deputy Head of the UN’s Global Fund for Coral Reefs; and Jonas Skattum Svegaarden, CEO of Katapult Ocean. 

    Investing For Ocean Impact is a Fresh Air Production on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is presented by Dorothée Herr and produced by Phil Sansom, with production assistance from Kamau Joseph. 
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    • 25 min
    2. Blended finance and super typhoons: a reality check from the Philippines

    2. Blended finance and super typhoons: a reality check from the Philippines

    When a deadly super typhoon hit the Philippines last year, it damaged thousands of local livelihoods and wiped out much of their seaweed production. Blended finance - and an investor able to adapt - provided a lifeline.

    In this episode we’re revisiting Coast4C for an update on the real-life challenges of Nature-based Solutions project development, as well as talking to a fund manager who helped close a vital deal with them at an incredibly challenging time.

    Featuring Nick Hill, co-founder and CEO of Coast4C; and Gracie White, Senior Manager of Global Ocean Investments at Conservation International Ventures.

    Investing For Ocean Impact is a Fresh Air Production on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is presented by Dorothée Herr and produced by Phil Sansom, with production assistance from Kamau Joseph.
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    • 27 min
    1. Why private finance for ocean conservation?

    1. Why private finance for ocean conservation?

    Welcome to season 2! In the first episode, we’re going back to basics. Why should the private sector be involved in ocean finance in the first place?

    Private finance actors and their contributions are being increasingly recognised - but not everyone is on board with their new place in ocean conservation and restoration. Are we making a deal with the devil? Is this a waste of taxpayers’ money? Or is it crucial for the future of our ocean?

    Featuring Ivo Mulder, Head of the UN Environment Programme’s Climate Finance Unit; and Melissa Garvey, Global Director of Ocean Protection at The Nature Conservancy.

    Investing For Ocean Impact is a Fresh Air Production on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is presented by Dorothée Herr and produced by Phil Sansom, with production assistance from Kamau Joseph.
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    • 23 min
    BONUS: SDG 14 : Are we swimming or drowning?

    BONUS: SDG 14 : Are we swimming or drowning?

    In this bonus episode ahead of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, we’re looking at Sustainable Development Goal 14: to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources.

    It’s been seven years since the Sustainable Development Goals were internationally adopted. Are we on the right track? And have new forms of private sector finance been involved?

    With special thanks to Nancy Karigithu, Kenya’s Special Envoy for Maritime and Blue Economy; Margaret Kuhlow, Global Finance Practice Leader at WWF; and Claudio de Sanctis, Head of Deutsche Bank’s International Private Bank and CEO Deutsche Bank EMEA.

    Investing For Ocean Impact is a Fresh Air Production on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It was produced by Phil Sansom, with production assistance from Michelle Barnett.

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    • 32 min

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As a professional working in this space and importantly new to this space, I so appreciate this podcast format for learning. It’s an opportunity to really understand the status of these new markets. I love the diversity of perspectives that Dorothee brings onto the podcast and the candid reflections shared. It’s great that Dorothee is bringing this community of practice together for these critical conversations and creating a space where we can learn from one another.

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