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Conservation Finance Product Development
Description/achievement of initiative

Credit Suisse believes that market-based financing mechanisms from the private sector have great potential for nature conservation. In 2014, we launched our first investment product in this field, called the Nature Conservation Notes. This new product consists of investments in sustainable agroforestry and ecosystem conservation, and in a portfolio of sustainable bonds.

Implementation methodologies

The Nature Conservation Notes support conservation activities in around 20 countries, as well as the economic development of local communities through the revenues generated by the Althelia Climate Fund. Financial returns for investors are generated through the sale of sustainably certified commodities as well as from payments for ecosystem services.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


* Credit Suisse AG * Althelia Ecosphere * United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Progress reports
Goal 13
Goal 15
Goal 17
June 2020
The notes are also expected to target the protection of over 3 million hectares of high conservation value ecosystems
June 2020
The notes will target a total of 12-15 investments in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. In total, they are expected to promote forest conservation and sustainable land use that will avoid deforestation and associated emissions of approximately 33 million tons of carbon dioxide
Financing (in USD)
18,500,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Project team within Credit Suisse of 10 people

Basic information
Time-frame: January 2014 - June 2020
* Credit Suisse AG * Althelia Ecosphere * United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Contact information
Fabian Huwyler, Vice President, Sustainability Affairs, sustainability.affairs@credit-suisse.com
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