Conservation finance: Costa Rica costs its success

Conservation finance: Costa Rica costs its success

October 10, 2019
By ROB DWYER

The Latin American nation has gone all-out to rebuild its natural environment over the last three decades, with great results – now it needs the rest of the world to pay attention.

Conservation finance: Seychelles' troubled waters

Conservation finance: Seychelles' troubled waters

October 10, 2019
By KANIKA SAIGAL

The Seychelles was the first country to issue a debt-for-nature swap to protect its marine environment; it was also the first to issue a blue bond, raising capital to finance sustainable marine and ocean-related projects.

Chile conservation: Project finance for permanence

Chile conservation: Project finance for permanence

October 10, 2019
By HELEN AVERY

Using a model of up-front financing for large one-off projects, project finance for permanence may be the mechanism that can help reach the goal of 50% of the planet’s natural areas being protected in perpetuity.

Conservation finance: Can banks embrace natural capital?

Conservation finance: Can banks embrace natural capital?

October 08, 2019
By HELEN AVERY

Climate is no longer the only risk in town: thanks to a loud call from the scientific community, nature has finally been given a seat at the table with finance ministers, regulators and central bank governors.

Finance for a farming revolution

Finance for a farming revolution

October 08, 2019
By HELEN AVERY

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean up water supplies, prevent the loss of biodiversity, mitigate fire and flood risk and meet the nutritional requirements of a growing population the world must improve its regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices – new tools and support from the financial services industry are needed to fund that transition.

Conservation finance: It's time to revisit carbon markets

Conservation finance: It's time to revisit carbon markets

October 08, 2019
By HELEN AVERY

Carbon markets, particularly offsets, are shaking off their past and becoming a vital instrument for reaching CO2 reduction goals, protecting and conserving biodiversity at scale, as well as meeting many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Indonesia: Clever collaboration lifts fintech

Indonesia: Clever collaboration lifts fintech

October 01, 2019
By ELLIOT WILSON

Fintechs, banks and government are working together to build clever new digital services and boost financial inclusion in a country where millions are unbanked.

Responsible finance: The pledge that never was

Responsible finance: The pledge that never was

September 13, 2019
By HELEN AVERY

The US Business Roundtable has changed its statement of purpose to indicate that shareholders’ ambitions for profits have to be balanced with society’s goals, but what is it that these chief executives plan to do?

Solar drives Fifth Third to add investment bankers

Solar drives Fifth Third to add investment bankers

August 22, 2019
By MARK BAKER

Fifth Third is the latest US regional bank to grasp an opportunity to build out its investment bank, by bolting new expertise on to an area in which it already has a strong presence.

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SME financing: special focus

SME financing: special focus

March 25, 2019

The vexed battle to finance small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continues amid risk aversion, economic weakness, new regulations and banks’ balance-sheet repair.