Markets for Nature: A Global Index for Biodiversity
14:00 – 15:30
Centre International de Conférences Genève - Room C
Nature is a complex system. As markets for nature are being established, the market mechanisms must address the complexity of natural ecosystems and their biodiversity. This event will present a new joint project by ETH and EPFL that aims to measure biodiversity in its complexity and thus finance biodiversity restoration through nature-based solutions.
Thomas ElliotDirector, Crowther Lab
Thomas CrowtherProfessor, ETH Zurich
Ruediger FahlenbrachProfessor, EPFL
Daisy DentLead Scientist, Crowther Lab
Pernille HoltedahlResearch Fellow, Imperial College Business School
Simon ZadekExecutive Director - NatureFinance
Simon Zadek is Executive Director of Nature Finance, Senior Advisor to the Task Force on Nature Related Financial Disclosure, Co-lead of the Taskforce on Nature Markets and Convenor of The Sustainability-linked Sovereign Debt Hub. He was Head, Secretariat, UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals, Senior Advisor on Finance in the office of the UN Secretary General, and Co-Director of UNEP’s Finance Inquiry. He co-Chaired China’s Green Finance Task Force, and led the Green Finance Study Group secretariat under the Chinese, German and Argentinian G20 Presidencies. Prior to this, Dr. Zadek was Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Global Green Growth Institute, founder and CEO of the international think tank, AccountAbility and Development Director of the New Economics Foundation. He was Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University and the Copenhagen Business School, and has been a senior fellow at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Southern Africa. Dr. Zadek has worked with many corporations, governments and multi stakeholder initiatives on their sustainability and broader strategies, been a member of the International Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and has published extensively, including the award-winning book, The Civil Corporation.
Gloria FontanaWater and Biodiversity Specialist, Holcim
Gloria Fontana joined Holcim Sustainability team in September 2020 as the Nature Specialist. She supports the development and deployment of Holcim Nature Strategy globally, encompassing water and biodiversity. She holds a master degree in Environmental Engineering from ETH Zürich with specialization in Resource Management.