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Financing Nature Interview with Federated Hermes and...
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Financing Nature Interview with Federated Hermes and S&P Global

 
In this insightful discussion, delivered by Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) and Asset TV, Gemma Corrigan, Federated Hermes, and Chris Perceval, S&P Global Sustainable1, join host Rory Palmer to share their perspectives on the critical actions needed to support a transition to Net Zero and foster a positive impact on nature. The conversation delves into the intersection of climate and biodiversity, offering a comprehensive overview of the current landscape, key insights, and the evolving role of financial institutions in shaping a sustainable future.
 
Speakers:
 

Gemma Corrigan

Federated Hermes

Chris Perceval

S&P Global Sustainable1

Invasive Alien Species: Bridging Knowledge and Action for...
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Invasive Alien Species: Bridging Knowledge and Action for Global Biodiversity Conservation

 
Convened by the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net), the dialogue emphasizes the importance of the science-policy-practice interface, focusing on the comprehensive resources of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The session illustrates IPBES’s latest contribution towards tackling one of the main direct drivers of biodiversity loss, invasive alien species (IAS), presenting the key findings of the recently launched IAS assessment and its relevance for national actions in Türkiye.
 
 

Phemo Kgomotso

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Francine Pickup

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Anne Larigauderie

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Helen Roy

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Ilgın Akpınar

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Türkiye

Restoring Hope: Integrated Spatial Planning for Achieving the Global...
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Restoring Hope: Integrated Spatial Planning for Achieving the Global Biodiversity Framework

 
Nature forms the foundation of sustainable development and the global economy. Over 50% of the world's GDP relies on natural resources. We find ourselves at a crucial juncture in history: either continue down the path of business as usual, depleting our natural resources and jeopardizing our own future, or embrace a regenerative approach that revitalizes both nature and the economy. The Restoring Hope project is dedicated to steering us toward the latter path. It seeks to assist countries in identifying areas that have been degraded and pinpointing priority zones for restoration.
 
Speakers:
 

Enrique Paniagua

United National Development Programme (UNDP)

Jamal Annagylyjova

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Sandra Vilardy

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development – Colombia

Debt-for-Nature Swap and the GBF Target 19
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Debt-for-Nature Swap and the GBF Target 19

 
The role of Debt-for-Nature Swap as an instrument towards achieving GBF Target 19 and addressing the development challenges.
 
Speakers:
 

Midori Paxton

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Kanni Wignaraja

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Gregory Watson

Inter-American Development Bank

Bipin Pokharel

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Building a Nature-Positive Energy Transformation
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Building a Nature-Positive Energy Transformation

 
WWF and the Boston Consulting Group have completed an analysis to improve our understanding of the risks and impacts associated with the rapid transition to renewable energy and proposes a framework for policymakers to achieve an energy transition that avoids and minimizes impacts on communities and nature and facilitates a nature-positive future. The WWF team sat down to discuss the findings of the report, which shows that rapidly scaling up renewable infrastructure is significantly better for people and the planet compared to business-as-usual.national datasets, and use dynamic indicators.
 
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Stephanie Roe

World Wide Fund for Nature

Jeff Opperman

World Wide Fund for Nature

Ryan Bartlett

World Wildlife Fund for Nature

Financing Nature Interview with Federated Hermes and...
Financing Nature Interview with Federated Hermes and...
Invasive Alien Species: Bridging Knowledge and Action for...
Invasive Alien Species: Bridging Knowledge and Action for...
Restoring Hope: Integrated Spatial Planning for Achieving the Global...
Restoring Hope: Integrated Spatial Planning for Achieving the Global...
Debt-for-Nature Swap and the GBF Target 19
Debt-for-Nature Swap and the GBF Target 19
Building a Nature-Positive Energy Transformation
Building a Nature-Positive Energy Transformation
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ALL DIALOGUES

Gemma Corrigan

Head of Policy and ESG Integration

Federated Hermes

 

Gemma leads the policy, advocacy, and integration work within the Responsibility Platform. She is responsible for developing and leading the implementation of the firm’s advocacy and integration programme. Drawing on her public sector experience, Gemma engages with external stakeholders to advocate for industry progress on sustainability issues including climate change, biodiversity, human capital management, and corporate governance. Previously, Gemma worked with the World Economic Forum, the United Nations and the United States Department of State.

 

Chris Perceval

Senior Market Engagement Director

S&P Global Sustainable

 

Chris is works with colleagues to shape and accelerate the Net Zero, Nature Positive, Impact Economy agendas. He is Chair of the Nature & Biodiversity workstream of the Future of Sustainability Data Alliance, a member of the Value Commission, and a board member of Scope 3 Climate Capital CIC. Previously he was Head of Business Development for Europe & Developing Markets at S&P Global Sustainable1. Prior to S&P Global, Chris was in senior positions at the World Resources Institute, IUCN, and South Pole.

 

Phemo Kgomotso

Integrated Landscape Management Lead, Principal Technical Advisor, BES-Net Manager

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

Phemo Kgomotso serves as the Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) Lead and Principal Technical Advisor for Ecosystems and Biodiversity at UNDP's Nature Hub. She's the manager of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net). Overseeing UNDP’s ILM and restoration initiatives, she's the focal point for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Phemo ensures top-tier oversight for the ecosystem and biodiversity portfolio in Africa and Arab States and coordinates Vertical Fund (VF) programming for these regions.

 

Francine Pickup

Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

Francine Pickup is the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director at UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS). Previously, she held significant roles as Resident Representative in Serbia and India and Deputy Country Director in Indonesia. Beginning her UN journey in 2002, Francine contributed to various UN departments, including OCHA and FAO.

 

Francine Pickup

Executive Secretary

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

 

Anne Larigauderie is a distinguished French ecologist serving as the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Dr Larigauderie has held esteemed roles such as the Executive Director of DIVERSITAS, an internationally recognised biodiversity science program under the International Council for Science (ICSU) and UNESCO. In 2010, she was made "Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur" by the French Government (Ministre de l’Education et de la Recherche).

 

Helen Roy

Co-Chair, IPBES thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

 

Based at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Prof. Helen Roy is an esteemed ecologist with a focus on invasive alien species and their influence on biodiversity. In her role as co-chair of the IPBES Thematic Assessment on Invasive Alien Species, she delved deep into the ecological dynamics of these species and their ecosystem effects.

 

Ilgın Akpınar

Biologist, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Türkiye

 

Dr. Ilgın Akpinar, a biologist with expertise in applied ecology and conservation, holds an MSc from the University of Liverpool and a PhD from İstanbul University. Specializing in ecological restoration and biodiversity negotiations, she is notably involved in projects addressing invasive alien species in key marine biodiversity areas in Türkiye. Dr. Akpinar has played a pivotal role in shaping both national and international policies, including BBNJ and Türkiye's invasive species regulations. Her collaborations span researchers, international bodies, NGOs, and the private sector.

 

Enrique Paniagua

Senior Policy Expert

United National Development Programme

 

Enrique boasts 12 years of expertise in biodiversity and climate resilience policy and projects, with a rich portfolio spanning 25+ countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Presently, he serves as an advisor to UNDP's Global Programme Nature for Development, shaping nature-related policy initiatives. His past achievements include co-leading the development of Costa Rica's National Climate Adaptation Plan (NAP) and National Determinate Contributions (NDCs). Enrique's academic foundation includes a Master's in International Development from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland).

 

Jamal Annagylyjova

Forest Biodiversity Officer

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

 

Jamal leads the work on forest biodiversity and ecosystem restoration at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In the past, Jamal served for 10 years as the Regional Coordinator for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the Secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification. She coordinated the production of the Ecosystem Restoration Outlook for Central and Eastern Europe. Jamal started as a researcher at the National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna of Turkmenistan. Jamal holds a Ph.D. in Physical Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany.

 

Sandra Vilardy

Ex-Viceminister of Environmental Policy

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Colombia

 

Sandra is a professor at the Universidad de los Andes and former Viceminister of Environmental Policies of Colombia. During her time as Viceminister, she led the restoration agenda and helped in building the bridge between scientific knowledge and public policy decisions. In the past, she has served as Dean of the Faculty of Basic Science at the Universidad del Magdalena, Director of the foundation Parques Cómo Vamos, and Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute Alexander Von Humboldt. Sandra holds a Ph.D. on Ecology and Environment from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

 

Midori Paxton

Director of Nature Hub

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

As the Director of UNDP's Nature Hub Midori leads UNDP Nature Pledge for 2030. She is also responsible for the largest portfolio of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management in the UN system, including support for strengthening protected area systems, biodiversity mainstreaming in landscape/seascape and development and sectoral planning, and promoting nature-based solutions. She has grown innovative global programmes including the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) and UNDP’s support for the Task for Nature-Related Financial Disclosure among others.

 

Kanni Wignaraja

UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

Ms. Kanni Wignaraja began her role as UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in 2019. Before, Ms. Wignaraja served as the Acting Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Management Services and as Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator, roles that she performed throughout 2019 after working as the Director of the UN Development Operations Coordination Office from 2014 to 2018. Ms. Wignaraja has over twenty-five years of experience of the UN’s mission and UNDP’s role in the sustainable development agenda.

 

Gregory Watson

Principal Specialist, Biodiversity and Natural Capital

Inter-American Development Bank

 

Greg leads the IDB’s Natural Capital Lab program. The Lab works with the IDB Group and partners to drive innovation in natural capital finance and promote biodiversity mainstreaming. ​It incubates, accelerates, and scales new solutions to pressing environmental problems by looking at nature as an asset. Previously, he led the IDB’s first equity investment in oceans, an equity investment in a Macauba silvopastoral system, developed the first Habitat Bank in LAC, supported an asset class for natural capital trading, and structured a $20M Green Climate Fund investment project for forests.

 

Bipin Pokharel

Regional Advisor on Nature for Asia-Pacific Region

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

Bipin is a nature and climate professional with over 14 years of experience in providing technical, policy, and programming advisory services to developing countries, especially on issues related to nature conservation and nature-based solutions. He focuses on working with government partners in designing and implementing programs, projects, and initiatives that support the national governments with their commitments towards the Rio Conventions. He has experience working with government partners in Asia, the Pacific Islands, North Africa, and the Middle East.

 

Stephanie Roe

Global Climate and Energy Lead Scientist

World Wide Fund for Nature

 

Dr. Stephanie Roe works with the WWF network and external collaborators to advance the science, leadership and progress on climate mitigation, climate resilience, and nature-based solutions across sectors and disciplines. Prior to WWF, Stephanie was at Climate Focus where she led research on climate and land science and developed and implemented related strategies and initiatives with various governments and NGOs across 20+ countries. Stephanie’s research has been published in leading journals and she is an IPCC Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.

 

Jeff Opperman

Global Freshwater Lead Scientist

World Wide Fund for Nature

 

Jeff works across the WWF network and with external partners to direct research that can strengthen conservation strategies and to integrate science into freshwater programs and projects. Jeff came to WWF from The Nature Conservancy where he served as the director and lead scientist of the Great Rivers Partnership. His research has been published in journals such as Science, BioScience and Ecological Applications and he is the lead author of the book Floodplains: processes and management for ecosystem services. He holds a Ph.D. in ecosystem science from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Ryan Bartlett

Director of Climate Resilience and Risk Management

World Wildlife Fund for Nature

 

Ryan directs WWF’s program managing and building resilience to a world of ever-increasing climate risks. He coordinates with our global network of offices and a broad array of stakeholders and partners, from local communities to governments and the private sector, translating climate science to support policy development, planning, and local action in conservation landscapes around the world. Prior to joining WWF, Ryan worked in international water policy and economics for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.