Investing in Nature: Navigating the Landscape with Handprint’s Nature Tech Ecosystem Map V.4


Where’s Nature in Your Business Strategy?

The urgency of investing in nature has reached a critical juncture. According to a recent publication by the UNEP, a staggering 8.1 trillion dollars are required to be invested in Nature by 2050, a goal we’re currently falling far short of. Most existing investments are driven by compliance or goodwill, lacking the necessary momentum for impactful change.

However, amidst this challenge, a global community is emerging, comprising businesses, individuals, and institutions actively engaged in protecting and restoring nature. According to McKinsey’s Nature in the Balance report “specific corporate actions, many with a positive return on investment, could help reverse the trend of the depletion of natural capital”. This is exactly what we’re seeing in the the latest version of the Nature Tech Ecosystem Map, a testament to the collective actions taken worldwide, all in the name of restoring Nature. 

What is Nature Tech?

Nature Tech transcends traditional carbon-centric ideologies, adopting a more holistic approach to address overlooked threats to the planet. This evolution shifts the focus from financial capital to Natural Capital, aiming to leverage the world’s ecosystem services more sustainably.

The current landscape presents an opportunity for collaboration, paving the way for the transformation of our extractive economy into a regenerative force aligned with Nature’s needs. 


What’s New in this Version of Handprint’s Nature Tech Ecosystem Map?

Our recent collaborative effort on LinkedIn allowed contributors from diverse backgrounds to shape the latest version of Handprint’s Nature Tech Ecosystem.

Responding to community feedback, we’ve expanded the map with three new categories:

  1. Paradigm Shifters
  2. Regulatory and Compliance
  3. Payment for Ecosystem Services

Adding depth to the ecosystem, 62 new organizations have been included, each playing a pivotal role in Nature investment. Notable additions include Earth Analytic specializing in predictive analytics for nature-based solutions and climate risk management, and Wild Habitat Council, a conservation champion for three decades, leading the charge for biodiversity and sustainability within the private sector.

This collaborative effort marks a significant stride towards a future where businesses, individuals, and institutions collectively champion nature, ensuring a balanced and sustainable coexistence with our planet.

Download the map in PDF to explore the new categories and organizations. 


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