Article | 29 Oct, 2021

Brand new podcast builds the business case for investing in our ocean

IUCN’s Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility has released a new podcast, Investing for Ocean Impact, which explores a new future for ocean financing.

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Investing for Ocean Impact


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When it comes to tackling climate change and the biodiversity crisis, the ocean and the world’s coastlines offer many solutions. Yet these solutions don’t receive anywhere near enough money to realize them. And while governments and philanthropists should provide more funding, they can’t meet the challenge alone. Investments from the private sector are equally key to success. 

Entrepreneurs across the world need support to integrate restoration and conservation into sustainable businesses. And private investors need evidence and confidence that Nature-based Solutions can be profitable, not just for planet and people.

So how do we get there? Throughout ten episodes, IUCN’s Dorothée Herr – Manager of the Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility – will highlight the reasons to invest in the ocean and showcase how conservation projects are making the leap to become sustainable businesses. She’ll talk to leading experts, global policymakers, and investment movers and shakers, and will also dive into real life, working examples of Nature-based Solutions, from seaweed farms to marine protected areas, and show how these are projects that investors can indeed get behind.

Here, Healthy mangroves can provide a basis for carbon credits. Coral reefs are built into new insurance products. Restored ecosystems increase yields from sustainable fishing, while protecting against coastal erosion. 

In the first episode, released today, Dorothée explores the current state of our ocean and discusses how we can move beyond the limitations of traditional conservation finance alongside guests: Ambassador Peter Thomson, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean; Torsten Thiele from the Global Ocean Trust; and Melissa Walsh from the Asian Development Bank.

The time to invest in our ocean is now.

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