Investor interest in nature is growing. On Wednesday, asset management business Schroders outlined its approach to natural capital in a presentation entitled Plan for Nature. Among other things, the firm signaled upcoming product launches in the space. The firm referenced a 2023 strategy launch “focused on biodiversity”, but does not say whether it is a private or public markets strategy. It also referenced upcoming funds from its impact unit BlueOrchard “aimed at the intersection of climate, nature and social impact”.
One of the firm’s priorities is to “explore and deliver further models for investing directly into natural capital solutions and broader nature-based solutions internationally,” it wrote.
Earlier this year, Schroders announced the launch of a natural capital impact investment firm in Southeast Asia called Akaria Natural Capital in collaboration with non-profit Conservation International. Akaria plans to establish a series of funds and to deploy capital into between 15 and 20 “high quality natural capital solutions projects across Southeast Asia over the first five years”, the firm said at the time.