Our recent conversations with Professor Gonzalez, ahead of his attendance at the COP15 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity this week, highlighted for us the growing importance of biodiversity, not just to the environment, but also to the economies that are dependent upon it. In 2020, both The World Economic Forum and Swiss Re estimated that over 50% of global GDP is exposed to the risks associated with biodiversity loss. With the Food and Land Use Coalition’s Growing Better report forecasting a biodiversity and nature-first corporate business market to be worth over $1 trillion by 2030, it is no surprise that biodiversity related investment opportunities are already catching the eye of more progressive investors. We see that technology is set to play a leading role in helping businesses and their investors realise some of that commercial opportunity. This report highlights some of the critical early indicators and value enhancing opportunities available to private equity investors, from both a fund and portfolio company perspective.
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