COVID-19 is a stark reminder that our assault on the natural world has consequences
The coronavirus wasn't man-made - but humanity is responsible for the conditions that have facilitated its spread. It's time to take nature risk seriously.
Andrew has spent the last sixteen years working with leaders on policy, supply chain risks, and innovative finance systems linked to sustainability. He is an international thought leader and communicator on natural capital, climate change and tropical forests.
For over a decade, Andrew has been a pioneer in developing innovative credit lines for banks and landscape bonds for capital markets, primarily in Latin America and SE Asia. He works with governments, companies and the financial sector to develop the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security, locally and globally.
He has forty years experience in conservation. He is the Emeritus Rufford Fellow in Environmental Understanding at Oxford University and for seven years was a Research Fellow in its Zoology Department. In 2015 he received India's Ashoka Trust Award for services to forest canopy science and for his successful efforts to include forests in the UN Climate regime.
Since founding the think tank Global Canopy Programme (now Global Canopy) at Oxford in 2001, he has focussed on the inclusion of forests in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, reducing the impact of global supply chains on natural capital and on designing innovative public-private finance instruments, such as green bonds, for climate smart agriculture.
Since 2012 his focus has been on catalysing a transformation within the financial sector towards greater understanding of its impacts and dependencies on natural capital and realising opportunities for green growth.