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NATURAL STRATEGIES

Accelerating Sustainable Finance for Ecosystem & Biodiversity Conservation
We help countries, companies, & communities to preserve nature & wildlife, mitigate climate change and contribute to sustainable development

 

OUR SERVICES

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For Non-Profit

Fund your conservation projects.​

We build funding proposals & ​

mobilize sustainable finance ​to help you reach your goals.

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For Companies

Be a leader in a sustainable world.​

We advise your business on natural capital investments to offset your footprint & drive climate action.

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For Investors

Maximize your impact.

We identify and structure​ green investment opportunities ​to help you combine ​profitability with sustainability.

OUR IMPACT

OUR PROJECTS

FUNDING PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT

FUNDING PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT

For UNDP and BIOFIN Cambodia, Natural Strategies develops an action-focused sustainable finance plan for protected area management in Cambodia.

UN DECADE ON ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

UN DECADE ON ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION

Natural Strategies develops the UNEP & FAO full-scale funding proposal for the project ‘Leading the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030’.

FINANCING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

FINANCING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

Natural Strategies identifies capitalization options for Nature-based Solutions in Spain, Greece, Tunisia and Morocco for the MAVA Foundation.

MOBILIZING FINANCE FOR BIODIVERSITY

MOBILIZING FINANCE FOR BIODIVERSITY

In support of BirdLife International, Natural Strategies develops a country-wide sustainable finance plan for protected areas and biodiversity in São Tomé & Príncipe.

CREATING PROTECTED AREAS FINANCE PLAN

CREATING PROTECTED AREAS FINANCE PLAN

Natural Strategies develops a country-wide finance and investment plan for protected areas in Papua New Guinea. In support of UNDP, we identify sources of conventional and innovative finance to generate revenues for the sustainable management of the country's biodiversity.

ACCELERATING PRIVATE IMPACT INVESTMENTS

ACCELERATING PRIVATE IMPACT INVESTMENTS

Natural Strategies supports a leading private sector impact investor in identifying and assessing the sustainability of potential investments globally, to maximize environmental and social impacts.

UNLOCKING FINANCE FOR AGRO-FORESTRY

UNLOCKING FINANCE FOR AGRO-FORESTRY

UNEP will set up a Seed Capital Assistance Facility to unlock private investments for forest and landscape restoration. Natural Strategies develops UNEP's funding proposal to BMU IKI.

EVALUATING INVESTMENT READINESS

EVALUATING INVESTMENT READINESS

Natural Strategies supports Conservation International in phase I of its Forest Finance and Investment Incubator (FFII). The FFII aims to increase investments into forest and land-use projects that contribute to national climate goals in ten countries globally.

ANALYZING BENEFIT SHARING MECHANISMS

ANALYZING BENEFIT SHARING MECHANISMS

Natural Strategies conducts a comparative analysis on benefit sharing under REDD+ globally. In support of the WWF Climate and Forests team, we assess lessons learned and best practices on the design, implementation and scale up of REDD+ benefit sharing.

CONSERVING THE CONGO BASIN

CONSERVING THE CONGO BASIN

In support of the WWF Landscape Finance Lab, Natural Strategies mobilizes sustainable investments to conserve Central Africa’s rainforests.

STRENGTHENING CLIMATE CHANGE  ENGAGEMENT IN DRC

STRENGTHENING CLIMATE CHANGE ENGAGEMENT IN DRC

Natural Strategies supports GIZ in the Democratic Republic of Congo to mainstream climate change into their development portfolio. Through this, we seek to strengthen GIZ's strategic approach to climate change in DRC while identifying concrete climate finance opportunities.

BUILDING PPPs FOR FORESTS

BUILDING PPPs FOR FORESTS

Natural Strategies supports the EU REDD Facility on a public-private partnership strategy to reduce deforestation. The partnerships seek to enable investments in sustainable commodity production in developing countries.

PROTECTING THE WORLD'S TOP WETLANDS

PROTECTING THE WORLD'S TOP WETLANDS

In support of the WWF Landscape Finance Lab, Natural Strategies mobilizes finance for landscapes programmes in Paraguay and Zambia, to preserve some of the world's critical wetlands.

ENABLING GREEN FINANCE

ENABLING GREEN FINANCE

The Paris Agreement calls for action to green the financial system. Natural Strategies, in collaboration with the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre, analyzes the enabling environment for green finance in Spain to contribute to the <2-degree target of the Paris Agreement.

MOBILIZING GCF FUNDS FOR GALAPAGOS

MOBILIZING GCF FUNDS FOR GALAPAGOS

This project, implemented by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) will identify measures to support the Galápagos Islands' adaptation to climate change. Natural Strategies helps turn these measures into two concept notes for the Green Climate Fund.

SUPPORTING THE REDD+ FUND IN DRC

SUPPORTING THE REDD+ FUND IN DRC

Natural Strategies supports the USD 200 million National REDD+ Fund of DRC (FONAREDD). We assess and strengthen REDD+ project proposals on a sectoral and landscape level that seek to reduce deforestation in DRC. The objective is to help FONAREDD make informed decisions on which proposals to fund - thereby advancing on its pathway towards conserving forests and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods.

Helping access the GCF in 18 countries

Helping access the GCF in 18 countries

Natural Strategies' Director Alexander Koch helps 18 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa access the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The objective is to enable countries to mobilize GCF funding for high impact projects in the forest, energy and agriculture sectors.

BUILDING A FUND FOR BIODIVERSITY

BUILDING A FUND FOR BIODIVERSITY

Natural Strategies’ Director Alexander Koch co-leads the establishment of a new international investment fund, Natural Capital, which aims to mobilize private sector finance for sustainable land use in developing countries.

HELPING JORDAN MOBILIZE GCF FUNDS

HELPING JORDAN MOBILIZE GCF FUNDS

Natural Strategies helps Jordan access GCF funding. In providing technical support to UN Environment’s GCF Readiness Programme in Jordan, Natural Strategies develops key elements of the national GCF architecture.

SUPPORTING PRIMATES CONSERVATION

SUPPORTING PRIMATES CONSERVATION

Natural Strategies leads the UK fundraising strategy and campaign for the NGO Fundación Mona. Fundación Mona is a Spanish NGO dedicated to the welfare and conservation of chimpanzees and other primates. It rescues abused primates, raises awareness of wildlife trafficking and other threats to primates and contributes to related research.

ANALYZING DEFORESTATION IN GUYANA

ANALYZING DEFORESTATION IN GUYANA

In a team of international consultants, Natural Strategies' Director Alexander Koch co-developed the draft strategic framework for the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Guyana. Alexander led the section on the forest sector.

ASSESSING GCS PROJECTS

ASSESSING GCS PROJECTS

The Global Conservation Standard (GCS) seeks to make environmental conservation pay for landowners and local populations worldwide, based on measurable ecosystem benefits. Natural Strategies’ Director Alexander Koch served as an alternate member of the technical panel of the GCS.

 

Our Team Has Driven Impact Across the Globe

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Blueberries

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Flour

Ghana

India

Azerbaijan

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Butter

Haiti

Kazakhstan

Lao PDR

Timor Leste

Nepal

Spain

Ecuador

Uruguay

Cuba

Burundi

Dominica

Nigeria

Central African Republic

Guyana

Jordan

Gabon

Cameroon

Paraguay

Zambia

France

Papua New Guinea

Colombia

UK

Brazil

Indonesia

France

South Africa

France

Germany

Portugal

Morocco

Sao Tome and Principe

Kenya

Tunesia

Greece

Our Clients

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OUR MISSION

We are guided by our conviction to mitigate climate change and drastically reduce the degradation of ecosystems & biodiversity.

 

We believe that this can only happen if we take into account the needs & priorities of governments, communities & the private sector. So we aim to find solutions where environmental conservation simultaneously leads to improved human well-being & attractive economic opportunities.

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We develop ecosystem & climate policies for governments & the private sector

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We turn policies into investment strategies funding proposals

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We mobilize sustainable finance to help companies in greening their supply chains

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We provide strategic & technical assistance during project planning & implementation

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We help monitor, report on & evaluate corresponding impacts & results

This way, we engage agents of land use change & conservation, work with them to systematically address the drivers of environmental degradation & contribute to green economic alternatives.

This creates viable pathways for sustainable development that benefit from intact ecosystems.

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Alexander Koch
Founder &
Managing Director

Alexander is the Founder & Managing Director of Natural Strategies. He has supported ecosystem conservation & sustainable land use in more than 49 countries in Africa, Latin America & Asia with the UN & the private sector.

 

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Destin Whitehurst
Director &
Regional Lead, Americas

Destin manages large-scale, transformational engagements for both private and public sector clients, collaborating with stakeholders to deliver results from project strategy through implementation.

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Marianne Sulzer
Global Lead,
Corporate Climate Action

Marianne advises our private sector clients on innovative financial solutions for carbon reduction and offsetting and manages a portfolio of projects for corporate investment.

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Florian Vernaz
Regional Lead,
Southeast Asia

Based in Indonesia, Florian has worked on governance and sustainability issues in SE Asia for 15 years focused on land-use, integrating small-holder farmers into value chains and on business planning for social forestry. 

 

 

OUR TEAM

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Marie-Ange Baudoin
Regional Lead, Africa

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Marie-Ange leads Natural Strategies' project portfolio in Africa. She has 10+ years of experience on climate change with a focus on adaptation in least developed countries (LDCs). 

 

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Sophie Bonnard
Senior Associate Consultant

Sophie has worked for 10+ years on international cooperation on sustainable development and global policy for climate change and nature-based solutions. She spent 7 of those years with the UN Environment Programme.

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Alexander Hunfeld
Associate Consultant

Alexander develops innovative approaches for Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change with a focus on sustainable financing for protected areas and analysis of subsidies' impact on biodiversity.

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Monika Bertzky
Associate Consultant

Monika has worked in international nature conservation for 15 years, with expertise in social & environmental safeguards & standards, and the role of biodiversity & ecosystems in climate change mitigation & adaptation

 

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