Sustainable finance, forests and biodiversity – Upcoming ThinkForest webinar

We are living in an era where biodiversity is under significant threat, both in Europe and globally. Urgent actions are required to stop further loss and foster restoration, especially within our forest ecosystems. This is not only an environmental responsibility, but is increasingly seen as an essential part of our future economic stability and growth. Public funding has always been playing a crucial role, but the importance of privately financed activities is also growing rapidly.

The European Union addresses the above-mentioned challenges in its Green Deal which aims to reverse biodiversity loss coupled with bioeconomy development, and by having economic growth decoupled from resource use. Accordingly, sustainable finance should aim to channel more investments towards this transition. The EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities is set to redefine investment landscapes, creating a uniform classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities. Yet, specific criteria for forest-related biodiversity are still under development.

We invite you to join the upcoming ThinkForest webinar “Sustainable Finance, Forests and Biodiversity”, where we will dig into these crucial issues. We will discuss:

  • How can we define criteria and indicators for biodiversity maintenance as well as improvement for forest ecosystems?
  • How can we make sure and monitor that these biodiversity-related criteria and indicators are met (e.g. in forest restoration)?
  • How can private finance support biodiversity protection and enhancement and make it their business case?

Speakers and panellists include:

This webinar is scheduled at April 29, 2024, from 14:00 to 15:30 CET, online via Zoom.

NERC Impact Award for SUPERB’s Sophus zu Ermgassen

The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) celebrated the finalists of the 2023 NERC Impact Awards with an event at the Natural History Museum, London on Wednesday 29th November, with SUPERB researcher Dr Sophus Zu Ermgassen being the winner of the Early Career Impact category.

The NERC Impact Awards highlight the UK science that is ‘at the heart of the responsible management of our planet’ and recognises individuals or teams whose work has had a big impact on the economy or society in either the UK or Internationally. Sophus research has been instrumental in raising the public awareness of England’s new biodiversity net gain policy, the jury said. Sophus emphasized the importance of his work for SUPERB and how this collaboration contributed to his successful work.

As well as the recognition this award brings, Sophus was awarded £12,000 to help further the impacts of his research.