Going above and beyond

Nature and people positive

Shifting towards nature- and people-positive financing is critical in the transition to financing that is free from deforestation, conversion, and associated human rights abuses, but also vital to aid the just transition to a low carbon economy.

Shifting towards nature- and people-positive financing is critical in the transition to financing that is free from deforestation, conversion, and associated human rights abuses, but also vital to aid the just transition to a low carbon economy.

Nature-positivity is halting and reversing nature loss. Naturepositive.org highlights three key steps to achieve nature positivity, including zero-net loss of nature from the end of 2020, net nature-positive by 2030, and a full recovery of nature by 2050.

People-positivity is ensuring that efforts to end nature-loss ensure that the rights of all humans, in particular Indigenous peoples and local communities, are respected and protected and that the ecosystem services provided by the natural world remain.

Nature- and people-positive financing is finance that makes progress towards halting and reversing nature loss while respecting and protecting the rights of humans who are dependent on or inhabit the land in question. It is a vital part of the path towards a just transition.

As defined, nature- and people-positive investments do not include offsetting carbon, biodiversity, or forests. Further detail on what no net loss of nature includes, can be found here.

Recommended action 1: Look to increase finance to nature- and people-positive activities

We strongly encourage all financial institutions who can to increase their nature- and people-positive investments and activities. If your financial institution is able to take this step it will help to support the transition away from deforestation, conversion, and associated human rights abuse risks in forest-risk supply chains.

Although currently opportunities to finance nature-positive companies, activities or projects are limited, within the timeframe of this Roadmap these opportunities are expected to increase significantly. Key examples of nature- and people-positive activities can include:

  • Indigenous-led and community-led initiatives for forest and ecosystem protection, land rights protection, and community development
  • Finance directed to agroecological and small scale diverse economies and production, trade systems and steady state or circular economies
  • Technologies and technical initiatives bringing greater transparency and accountability to forest-risk commodity supply chains
  • Technologies and technical initiatives that create sustainable food systems, e.g. alternative proteins or animal feeds
  • Regenerative and climate-positive agriculture projects

In the short term, this can include clients/holdings that can provide evidence that they are working towards being nature- and people-positive.

This can also be done by creating new deforestation, conversion, and associated human rights free Index funds which only provide finance to nature- and people- positive clients/holdings. For financial institutions which cannot withdraw financing, creating these new financing products are a vital component of achieving portfolios that are free from deforestation, conversion, and associated human rights abuses and aiding the just transition.

This should be done before finance is approved and thereafter at least annually, to ensure that they are contributing positively and effectively to climate change, biodiversity, and without restricting or infringing on the land rights of local and indigenous communities.

  • Only finance investments which are also in line with your policy set within Phase 2
  • Only projects and activities which are evidenced to have secured the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and that have a process in place to identify and address conflicts over land rights should receive financing.

The Roadmap

Phase 1 Understanding and mapping risk

Phase 2 Setting an effective policy and managing risk

Phase 3 Monitoring and engagement

Phase 4 Disclosing

Phase 5 Eliminating deforestation

Going above and beyond Nature and people positive