Building Bridges Event: What’s Next for Nature Markets?

September 14, 2023

What’s Next for Nature Markets?

Date: 3rd October 2023

Time : 17:00 to 18:30 CET

Location:  Centre International de Conférences Genève – Room C and Online

To Register: click here

About the Event

This event will bring to life the Taskforce on Nature Markets’ 7 ambitious recommendations for shaping a nature economy in the 21st century. Join us for a dynamic debate on how robust politically-backed governance frameworks can evolve alongside markets to prevent greenwashing. These debates – from food markets to biodiversity credits and the role of central banks – will provide a platform for competing international views and solutions from indigenous peoples, financial institutions, policy makers and NGO community.


Nature markets are a subset of the economy where nature is specifically traded and valued. Nature markets make up $9.8 trillion worth of goods and services — equivalent to 10 percent of global GDP, including large markets such as food and emerging markets such as nature credits. To ensure they deliver on nature positive and equitable outcomes, it will be critical to improve market governance and infrastructure herein.

For this event, the Taskforce on Nature Markets will bring together a diverse range of active nature market stakeholders who will highlight and make actionable the governance recommendations launched on the wings of the Amazon Summit in Belém, Brazil.

The event will consist of three short debates, including:
  1. Can emerging biodiversity credit markets provide an opportunity to shape nature markets with integrity?
  2. Can we make food markets – the largest and most opaque nature markets – more accountable?
  3. Can we get central banks to ensure financial actors, markets, and systems align with nature policies and commitments?

All three debates will bring together competing views, experiences and regional perspectives; the idea being to test the validity, scalability and relevance of the Taskforce on Nature Markets recommendations in different contexts and nature markets.

Speakers Include:
  • Alexander Barkawi (CEP, Founder & Director)
  • André Hoffmann (President, MAVA Foundation and Vice Chairman, Roche Holding)
  • José Pugas (JGP Asset & Wealth Management, Partner & Head of ESG)
  • Julie McCarthy (NatureFinance, Managing Director)
  • Joan Manda (UNDP Africa Sustainable Finance, Senior SDG Investment Advisor)
  • Mariana Sarmiento (Terrassos, CEO)
  • Mark Opel (Campaign for Nature, Finance Lead)
  • Matt Inbusch (World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Senior Manager, Nature & Land Use)
  • Stephanie Betts (AON, Global Climate Execution Team – Head of Alliances, Coalitions and Reporting)
  • Steve Lang (Pollination, Managing Director)

Join us in person at Building Bridges in Geneva, or online: Register Now

Speakers Include

Alexander Barkawi
Alexander Barkawi, Founder and director of the Council on Economic Policies (CEP)

Alexander Barkawi is the founder and director of the Council on Economic Policies (CEP) – an international economic policy think tank for sustainability focused on fiscal, monetary and trade policy.

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Joanne Manda
Joanne Manda, Senior SDG Investment Advisor - UNDP, Africa Sustainable Finance Hub

Joanne is the Senior SDG Investment Advisor in UNDP Africa Finance Sector Hub (AFSH) supporting countries to accelerate investments that align with SDG goals.

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José Pugas
José Pugas, Head of Responsible Investments and Engagement, JGP Asset Management

José Pugas is Partner and Head of Responsible Investments and Engagement at JGP Asset Management.

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Judson Berkey
Judson Berkey, Managing Director in the Chief Sustainability Office at UBS based in Zurich

Judson Berkey is a Managing Director in the Chief Sustainability Office at UBS based in Zurich where he has worked since 2003 on global risk, regulatory and compliance topics.

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Julie McCarthy
Julie McCarthy, NatureFinance, Managing Director

Julie McCarthy is the Managing Director at Nature Finance. She has 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropic leadership experience in the areas of economic justice and financial governance.


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Mariana Sarmiento
Mariana Sarmiento, Terrassos, CEO

Mariana is a specialist in environmental policy and strategy.

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Mark Opel
Mark Opel, Conservation Finance Adviser

Mark Opel is an independent conservation finance consultant. 

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Matt Inbusch
Matt Inbusch, WBCSD, Senior Manager, Nature & Land Use

Matt leads WBCSD’s work at the nexus of Nature Positive and the Agri-Food system.

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Stephanie Betts
Stephanie Betts, AON, Global Climate Execution Team - Head of Alliances, Coalitions and Reporting

Stephanie Betts is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and Head of Alliances, Coalitions, and Reporting for Aon’s Climate Team.

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