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.
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)