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Dependencies on Ecosystem Services in the Biodiversity Footprint Financial Institutions

  • Calendar July 12th, 2021
  • Time 09:00

Dependencies on ecosystem services in the Biodiversity Footprint Financial Institutions

A growing number of financial institutions is exploring ways to assess the biodiversity related risks of loans and investments, focusing not only on impacts on biodiversity, but also on the dependencies on ecosystem services. In 2020, the ‘Indebted to Nature’ study by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) showed that the dependency on ecosystem services poses a significant risk to the Dutch financial sector.


The ENCORE tool (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure), developed by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance and UNEP-WCMC, offers (among others) an overview of the ecosystem services sectors and production processes depend on. In the last few months PRé Sustainability, UNEP-WCMC and CREM have explored ways to combine these dependency data in the Biodiversity Footprint Financial Institutions (BFFI). In this way, an impact assessment using the BFFI can be complemented with a dependency assessment. The project was made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.


The results of this project, including an assessment of dependency risks for AEX companies, will be shared during a one-hour webinar ‘Dependencies in the BFFI’ on 12 July, 11-12 am CEST.

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