The Scottish Forum is to be a partner with Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) who are organising a satellite event at Ross Priory, Loch Lomond during COP 26. The event, entitled ‘Finance for Nature in Nature’, will run from from Monday 1st November to Friday 5th November 2021.

The Scottish Forum has been invited to be a core partner in the event, alongside the Scottish Government, UN Development Programme, Global Canopy and Nature4Climate. As a Coalition partner, we will contribute a number of nature-focused events over two days for COP26 VIP delegates and Coalition partner delegates. These will be networking events that will blend attendance in person with virtual and online discussion.

One of our working groups, the Conservation Finance Pioneers, (specifically the Leadership Group within, consisting of Scottish Wildlife Trust, SEPA, SRUC, NatureScot, and Scottish Forestry) are working to develop and deliver a programme itinerary in consultation with our wider Basecamp network.

In terms of facilitating discussion, we aim to share learning and collaboration across the four nations of the UK and beyond, bringing in international finance perspectives. In broad terms we will seek to better understand the barriers to investment, and identify solutions that will allow investment to take place, at scale.

The events will include a series of ‘investment hack’ workshops, that relate to specific “pillars” from the ‘Route Map to £1 Billion’, including Riverwoods, Vacant & Derelict Land, and Landscape Enterprise Networks (LENs)

Our events will also feature a number of outputs we are busy putting in place, including a podcast, and a number of videos highlighting the work of our group, and also our network members. In terms of the video content, we are delighted to offer an opportunity for any of our Basecamp members who are interested to make a three minute video to pitch to investors at COP. For more details about how to contribute, please see contact details below.

The other video will feature animation, and tell the story of the Conservation Finance Pioneers’ Group, from our inception after the £1 Billion Route Map, the subsequent development of the pillars, and growth of our network.

November promises to be here very soon (!) and we look forward to keeping our members up to date with our activities as they develop. We hope that you will be able to join us online as attendees at our events, or perhaps showcase your own organisations work to an international audience.

• Save the date! Register here for our suite of online COP events on November 4th and 5th.

• To contribute a 3 min video, submissions to Hannah.Rudman@sruc.ac.uk by deadline of 1 October.

• Membership of the Conservation Finance Pioneers’ is open to anyone with an interest in conservation finance in Scotland. Join here


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