In addition to long-standing partners, Pymwymic was pleased this year to welcome the impressive work of Frankfurt-based Finance in Motion as an Impact Days partner for 2016.
Finance in Motion demonstrates the viable business cases of its funds addressing the Sustainable Development Goals such as climate, water, natural resources (13, 14,15). As our global population grows to 9 Billion, and natural resources are under severe strain, the panel ‘Preserving the Planet with Capital,’ drew an engaged audience, where Finance in Motion introduced its new sustainable forestry fund Arbaro, backed by EIB as an anchor investor. Arbaro will invest in 8-10 large scale sustainable timber plantations across Latin American and East African niche markets, sequestering carbon, providing local jobs, and setting an industry standard which discourages illegal logging. Arbaro is in the process of raising USD 200 MM in a 15 year equity fund. AquaSpark, a Dutch fund that both Pymwymic and Finance in Motion are invested in, spoke to improving the farming of fish, both through direct fish farm investments, food chain investments, and in equipment for better running of aquaculture. The third example of ‘Preserving the Planet with Capital’ was the EcoBusiness Fund in Latin America, which targets biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, primarily focused on label-carrying agriculture businesses across Latin America. In addition to labels, EBF also uses a white-list approach and case-by-case clearing of larger projects for their support toward biodiversity. EBF is an example of new models of collaboration arising in the conservation finance space, with Finance in Motion, KfW and Conservation International as lead partners.
Increasingly, investors and the financial world are recognizing the term ‘natural capital,’ the asset that is the earth’s supply of fresh water, healthy oceans, clean air, topsoil, and species diversity. The rise of a new asset class called ‘Conservation Finance’ is being championed not only by impact investors, but by large financial institutions who recognize the opportunity in a sector where, by some estimates, more than $400 billion per year will be needed to preserve our natural ecosystems.
Finance in Motion was created in 2009 and has become one of the largest specialized impact or development fund managers, with EUR 1.6 BN assets under management and 145 employees in 14 offices. Geographically the company covers Southeast Europe, the MENA region, the Caucasus and Latin America. If you are interested to learn more about any of these topics, please feel free to contact Florian Meister at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website www.finance-in-motion.com.