This article was published on The Nature Conservancy.


“The world can always use good ideas.  But today, the world urgently needs innovative, game-changing work that leverages investment capital for our most pressing issues. From climate resiliency to sustainable food sources, The Nature Conservancy believes that investment in conservation and other natural solutions can help realize a future where people and nature not only survive but thrive together.

That’s why NatureVest, the conservation investing unit of The Nature Conservancy, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have teamed up to launch the Conservation Investment Accelerator (the Accelerator), a new grant program aimed at finding and supporting the best talent and most meaningful work in the field of conservation investment.

Recent research shows that investor commitments to conservation are growing rapidly – a 62% increase between 2013 and 2015 – yet investors continue to face fundamental challenges finding deals that meet their guidelines, including size, track record, and risk/return parameters. We thus face both an opportunity and an imperative to accelerate the development of great ideas that can meet investor demand.

NatureVest itself works to source and structure investments, across the spectrum of risk/return profiles, that support The Nature Conservancy’s mission and conservation strategies. But the importance of conservation requires a network of like-minded participants – the Accelerator is our way of helping others with similar goals, by providing grant funding for a variety of uses that can help speed projects to market and foster conservation at scale…”

Read on at: The Nature Conservancy.