Debt instruments support ecosystem services

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Credit Suisse and the Climate Bonds Initiative have released a joint paper describing how debt instrument are optimised tools for raising finance into ecosystem services. It describes how ‘saving ecosystems is not only affordable, but profitable’ and outlines how ‘debt that compensate investors with market-rate returns can provide companies with the ability to finance activities that conserve, restore, or rehabilitate ecosystem services (as opposed to philanthropic grants or debt with below- market rate returns).’ This echoes the sentiment of and rationale for both Africa's (African Wildlife Capital) and Europe’s (Rewilding Europe Capital) first conservation enterprise investment vehicles conceived and managed by CC, both of which make extensive use of debt instruments to leverage enterprise-driven conservation outcomes.