NatureFinance and the Crowther Lab – ETH Zurich today announced the SEED Partnership.
Nature is increasingly being valued in global markets, as a dependency risk, through a new generation of credit markets, as a driver of productivity and resilience, and as a basis for pricing ecosystem services and nature assets.
For this to be a positive development for nature and its stewards, a basis for scientifically robust measurement of nature, and especially biodiversity, is a critical gap.
The SEED partnership is advancing the development of the biodiversity index, engaging with key initiatives advancing the valuation of nature in investment decisions and global markets, and presenting the value of the index to policy makers and market shapers. It will design, develop and execute a robust, sustainable, financially viable and impactful basis for bringing the SEED biodiversity index into use in global markets.
“The real value of nature lies in its complexity, we cannot continue to single out individual ‘useful’ elements of biodiversity over the integrity of the whole system. This index will be able to quantify the full extent of genetic, species, and ecosystem biocomplexity across scales. This is game changing for policy and financial mechanisms to incentivize nature positive outcomes”.Alexa Firmenich, Co-Director of SEED Biocomplexity Index.
“NatureFinance is honoured and excited to partner with ETH’s Crowther Lab in bringing the world’s most sophisticated bio-complexity health data into widespread use across the global economy”Simon Zadek, Executive Director of NatureFinance