On June 13th,
the PBAF Annual meeting for PBAF partners and
supporters took place. The meeting included a variety of speakers covering
different parts of the finance and biodiversity field. Starting off with an
overview of PBAF’s achievements in the last year by Wijnand Broer, PBAF
Programme Manager, Nathalie Borgeaud, Lead Financial Markets Engagement at
TNFD, provided an update on the latest activities of TNFD regarding the TNFD Framework
and the financial sector. First results of a joint research project between
Geneva Graduate Institute, WBCSD and PBAF on ‘harnessing internal support for
biodiversity’ were shared by David Kerkhoff. In this research, which included
around 20 interviews with PBAF partners and supporters, key challenges
to facilitating change were identified, as well as key factors
In the second part of the meeting, Justine Bolton, Carbon and Biodiversity specialist at FirstRand Group ltd, presented a case study, looking at dependencies using the WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter. The meeting was concluded by Joeri Zwerts, Researcher of Utrecht University, presenting the research: “Protecting elephants in the hardware store”. The focus of this research is the impact of FSC certification on the protection of mammals in tropical rain forests. By placing camera traps in FSC forests concessions and non-FSC forest concessions, number of mammals captured on camera could be compared.
All in all, a very diverse meeting with inspiring presentations and a lot of discussion. For any questions regarding the meeting, feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).