6th Policy Forum on Natural Capital Data for Better Decision Making: Financing for Nature

The sixth Policy Forum on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) for Better Policy will take place on 2-3 November 2022.  It will convene virtually for two half-days. The Policy Forum is co-organized by the World Bank,’s Global Program on Sustainability (GPS) and United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD),

The 2022 Forum will focus on financing for nature with discussion on the role natural capital and ecosystem services data and analytics plays in investment and policy decisions. Emphasis will be on connecting users—primarily the investment community and policy makers—with the data and analytics, and the data producers, to share knowledge and experiences on incorporating natural capital accounting and approaches in decision making.

Day one of the Forum (November 2) will focus on integrating natural capital into investment decisions, and day two (November 3) will focus on natural capital data for informing policy frameworks for finance.


The Forum will be held on November 2nd and 3rd. It will convene virtually over two half days. 

Day 1: Integrating Natural Capital into Investment Decisions (all times in EDT)

7:30-8:00 am                              

Opening Session: Fireside Chat with High Level Officials of World Bank, UNSD, and Ministers


  • Jean Pesme, Global Director, World Bank
  • Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Lee White, Minister of Water, Forests, the Sea, and Environment, Gabon
  • Alessandra Alfieri, Chief of Environmental-Economic Accounts Section, UNSD
  • Raffaello Cervigni, Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank
8:00-9:30 am Session 1: Latest developments in incorporating nature in financial decision

Moderator: Fiona Stewart, Lead Financial Specialist, World Bank


  • Markus Müller, Chief Investment Officer ESG and Global Head Chief Investment Office Private Bank, Deutsche Bank
  • Emily McKenzie, Technical Director, TNFD
  • Lucia Lopez, Vice President, Moody's Investors Service
  • Patricio Sepulveda, Head of Debt Office, Ministry of Finance, Chile
  • Salima Lamdouar, Senior Research Analyst, 2050 Strategy, AB Arya Partners

Discussant: Charlotte Gardes-Landolfini, Climate Change, Energy & Financial Stability Expert, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, IMF

9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-11:15 am


Session 2: Scaling up nature-based impact investments

Moderator: Avril Benchimol Dominguez, Blended Finance Lead, GEF


  • Stephen Liberatore, CFA Head of ESG/Impact Investing, Nuveen/TIAA 
  • Thierry Watrin, Green Economy and Climate Change Advisor, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda
  • Alain Vidal, Scientific Advisor OP2B, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Charlotte Kaiser, Head of Impact Finance, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group
  • Madeleine Ronquest, Head of Environmental and Social Risk, Climate Change, FirstRand 

Discussant: Jingdong Hua, Vice Chair ISSB 


Day 2: Natural Capital Informing Policy Decisions 

7:30-9:00 am

Session 1: Shaping policy and institutional enabling environment for natural capital investing

Moderator: Alessandra Alfieri, Chief of Environmental-Economic Accounts Section, UNSD


  • Rutger Hoekstra, Expert, Metrics for the Future
  • Onno van den Heuvel, Global Manager, UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) 
  • Zachary Mwangi Chege, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Finance of Kenya 
  • Elizabeth Lien, Senior Advisor, U.S. Treasury Climate Hub
  • Ian Carruthers, Chair, IPSASB

Discussant: Martin Lok, Executive Director, Capitals Coalition

9:00-9:15 am Break
9:15-10:45 am

Session 2: The Role of Ministries of Finance in enabling natural capital financing

Moderator: Svetlana Klimenko, Adviser, World Bank


  • Pekka Moren, Special Representative of Finance Minister, Climate Action at Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, Ministry of Finance, Finland
  • Sam Mugume Koojo, Ag. Assistant Commissioner (Statistics), Macroeconomic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
  • Masyita Crystallin, Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia
  • Irene Alvarado-Quesada, Coordinator, Environmental Statistics Unit, Information Management Division Central Bank Costa Rica
  • Serina Ng, Deputy Director, Head of Vaccines, Global Health and Climate, HM Treasury, HMT UK

Discussant: Diji Chandrasekharan Behr, Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank

10:45-11:15 am 


The Way Forward


  • Valerie Hickey, Global Director, World Bank
  • Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistical Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Event Date

Wednesday, 02 November 2022 - 7:30am to Thursday, 03 November 2022 - 11:15am