IES Webinar - County-level natural capital investment

Thursday, 1 December 2022 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Online

Much of the talk at COP27 was around green finance – how to get money working for the benefit of the natural environment and the climate. In this talk, Matt Whitney will outline a model for leveraging green finance at the county-level to deliver against local strategic objectives. Biodiversity Net Gain in the planning system, carbon credits for pathways to net zero, Local Nature Recovery Strategies – all of these can be linked in an evidence-led local framework, with transparency and accountability at its heart, that delivers nature-based solutions, contributes to nature recovery, and results in environmental, social and economic benefits. 


Our speaker

Matt Whitney manages the Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership, having managed the Gloucestershire LNP between 2019-2022. Matt is an experienced Business Development Manager and Partnerships Manager within the sphere of environmental sustainability. With a background in renewable energy, sustainable transport and non-financial corporate reporting, Matt brings a broad perspective to his current work, which seeks the systematic integration of nature-based solutions and nature recovery into decision-making across all the policy spheres. Matt holds an MSc in Environmental Management, during which he focussed on approaches to facilitating collective action amongst farmers and landowners to deliver landscape-scale environmental benefits.