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.
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.