Impact Investment: A Finance Solution for Biodiversity

BIOFIN Mexico and SVX offered the course of Impact Investment: A Finance Solution for Biodiversity
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BIOFIN Mexico along with SVX (Social Venture Exchange) conducted an introductory course, Impact Investment: A Finance Solution for Biodiversity, which was tailored for Civil Society Organisations that work for biodiversity, conservation and sustainability. Directors and technical staff of CSO’s were invited to participate in the course as well as government counterparts, specifically the Commission of Natural Protected Areas and from the Commission of Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity.

Mariana Bellot, National Coordinator of BIOFIN introducing the course
Mariana Bellot, National Coordinator of BIOFIN Mexico, introducing the course

The overall objective of the course was to widen the perspective of financing biodiversity and look beyond philanthropy as means to obtain financial resources. The introduction of impact investment allowed CSO’s to learn ways of achieving impact goals using diverse forms of capital. Additionally, the course was fundamental for CSO’s to have tools to identify opportunities for alternative finance to achieve their particular organization’s goals.

Some of the topics covered were:

  • Investment basic concepts

  • Traditional Finance Instruments

  • Regenerative capitalism and transformative finances

  • Impact investment ecosystem

  • Private Sector and impact (shared value and payment for ecosystem services)

  • Study cases: Mexican Fund for Nature Conservation, Alternare and Grupo Paisano

  • Capital influx towards projects and intermediation layers

  • Introduction of alternative financing instruments

  • Co-creation of a framework of profitable programmes

  • Blended finances

  • Impact bonds

Course participants
Course participants

The day and a half course opened the opportunity to create synergies between projects and prepare a pilot project in impact investment. BIOFIN Mexico is considering offering a follow-through course with SVX so CSOs can build on what they learnt in this first course, and apply it to their organisations and projects.

BIOFIN and SVX teams
BIOFIN Mexico and SVX teams

SVX is a consulting company that works with investors and entrepreneurs on investment and business strategies that optimise the generation of intentional and measurable social and environmental impact.