Investing For Ocean Impact


The Earth is in trouble. But the ocean can help.

When it comes to tackling climate change and the biodiversity crisis, the ocean and the world’s coastlines offer many solutions. Yet these solutions don’t receive anywhere near enough money to realize them. And while governments and philanthropists should provide more funding, they can’t meet the challenge alone. Investments from the private sector are equally key to success.

Entrepreneurs across the world need support to integrate restoration and conservation into sustainable businesses. Only then can we create profit, both for people and for planet.

Join Dorothée Herr – manager of the IUCN’s Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility – to discover the reasons to invest in the ocean. In Investing For Ocean Impact we’ll talk to leading experts, global policymakers, and investment movers and shakers. We’ll also dive into real life, working examples of Nature-based Solutions, from seaweed farms to marine protected areas, and show how these are projects that investors can indeed get behind.

The time to invest in our ocean is now. Subscribe, wherever you get your podcasts, so that you never miss an episode.


26 Episodes


A wave of action against deep sea mining is growing.  In July 2024, the International Seabed Authority will meet for its 29th Session in Kingston, Jamaica. Pacific island states or... more

Why have some multinational companies pledged not to use minerals sourced from deep sea mining?   Today several major companies such as Volvo, BMW, and Samsung have joined over twenty-five... more

06/19/2024 | 29 MINS

1. What is Deep Sea Mining?

What is deep sea mining? And what should the world do about it? Welcome to a brand new miniseries exploring the facts and evidence around deep sea mining, and covering... more

This past year has been eventful for the ocean.  Sustainable blue economy was a central theme for global conferences: the UN High Seas Treaty negotiation success, the UN Ocean Conference... more

Environmental economic accounting is a new process that promises to transform the way we look at biodiversity and ecosystems. It’s based on traditional accounting - using data to track economic... more

Half of the world’s population is female. But on the financing side, men still tend to dominate the boardrooms. But for conservation projects on the ground, local women are increasingly... more

Green-grey infrastructure is a fascinating new concept. It describes Nature-based Solutions like mangroves or coral reefs that can work as or alongside grey infrastructure projects – like ports, seawalls, or... more

Welcome to the High Seas. More than two hundred nautical miles beyond any coastline, these wild waters make up two thirds of the entire ocean and perform crucial functions like... more

This is part two of our double feature on blue bonds. Last time we were introduced to blue bonds through the pioneering example of the Seychelles a few years ago.... more

What are blue bonds? They're some of the biggest deals in ocean finance today - in some cases involving restructuring the debt of entire nations. But how do they actually... more

On this podcast we talk a lot about Nature-Based Solutions. But the devil is in the detail for actually implementing them in an investible way on the ground.  So in... more

When a deadly super typhoon hit the Philippines last year, it damaged thousands of local livelihoods and wiped out much of their seaweed production. Blended finance - and an investor... more

Welcome to season 2! In the first episode, we’re going back to basics. Why should the private sector be involved in ocean finance in the first place? Private finance actors... more

In this bonus episode ahead of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, we’re looking at Sustainable Development Goal 14: to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources. It’s... more

Right now, the global thinking around financing ocean conservation is massively changing. Are we on the right path? And what does the future look like? In the season finale, we’re... more

From global trust funds to brand new decentralised approaches, what are the pros and cons of these approaches for building an investible pipeline for Nature-based Solutions within developing countries? In... more

Banks and insurance companies command vast amounts of money. When it comes to financing marine and coastal conservation and restoration, how can they get involved? In this episode, BNCFF manager... more

Creating lasting change for coastal communities and engaging across stakeholder groups - including local governments – are both top of everyone’s priorities. But they’re often easier said than done. In... more

When developing a coastal or marine Nature-based Solution, it’s not enough to just assume you’re having a positive impact. You also need to measure it, and to prove it. In... more

Big problems require big solutions. We need to start integrating the conservation and restoration of nature into even the largest of development and infrastructure projects. Creating the right market conditions... more

In rural Indonesia, a stunning Nature-based Solution is being tested: helping local shrimp farmers to replant mangroves around their ponds, increasing their yield while restoring the ecosystem. In this bonus... more

What do investors look for when they buy into Nature-based Solutions? In our previous episode we discussed the process of becoming bankable from the project developers’ points of view; now,... more

The path from charity to company can seem daunting. But for ocean conservationists who want more than relying on sporadic grants and donations, there is a way forward. In fact... more

Nature-based Solutions are neither wind farms nor sustainable engineering. And they are more than your usual conservation efforts. Instead, they’re projects based on managing real ecosystems - with wide societal... more

The oceans today face extraordinary threats. But the funding to conserve and restore them is currently extremely limited. We need to make a fundamental shift in how we think about... more

The Earth is in trouble. But the ocean can help. When it comes to tackling climate change and the biodiversity crisis, the ocean and the world’s coastlines offer many solutions.... more

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