The World Needs $300 Billion Annually To Meet Conservation Challenges

The World Needs $300 Billion Annually To Meet Conservation Challenges

by Sangeeta Haindl

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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 4:00pm



The outlook for global philanthropy is encouraging. The question is: can we unlock some of the private wealth and engage it to solve world problems that governments have traditionally spent billions of dollars on? The first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a fast-growing market totalling approximately $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013. During this period, private investments accounted for almost $2 billion of this market—an amount that is growing at an average of 26 percent annually, and is expected to reach more than $5.6 billion by 2018. Of the nearly $2 billion already invested by private investors, 80 percent came from only 10 sources. The total market for conservation investment is expected to increase to $37.1 billion over the next five years.

Investing in Conservation:  A landscape assessment of an emerging market, co-authored by EKO Asset Management Partners and The Nature Conservancy’s NatureVest division, is the first data-driven study of the market for conservation-related investments based on direct feedback from investors. Conservation investments, also known as conservation impact investments, are intended to generate profit while driving a positive impact on natural resources and ecosystems.

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Sangeeta Haindl writes on social innovation, social enterprise, and social entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Serendipity PR, in London, U.K., where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer, and Futurist. She enjoys helping others, paying it forward, and being a mum. 

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