Our mission

We seek to bring together the latest science, data, technology, knowledge and experience from Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and market developments to help shape nature markets and increase and accelerate investment in nature in a way that delivers for people and the planet.

The challenge

Nature and biodiversity are currently in crisis. The loss of nature inherently threatens national economies, food and water security, climate goals and the livelihoods of people. Action must be taken at all levels to move towards a nature positive economy - and this fact is beginning to gain momentum at the global level, notably through the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMGBF).

There is an urgent need to align global financial flows to nature positive outcomes and increase financing for nature on a global scale. The KMGBF calls for a substantial increase in the mobilisation of public and private resources to close the nature finance gap. It also calls for all public and private financial actors to work together, using a range of financial instruments, to deliver these goals. 

Developing innovative solutions and markets that unlock investment for nature – including high-integrity biodiversity credits markets – are a crucial piece of the puzzle.

Our work

The independent Panel, co-Chaired by Dame Amelia Fawcett and Sylvie Goulard, is a diverse, expert group of more than 25 senior representatives from finance, business, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples and local communities based in more than a dozen countries. The IAPB is sponsored by, but independent from, governments and supported by a small Secretariat of UK and French officials.

A series of Working Groups have been set up, led by Panel members, to take forward key design challenges: Measurement, Supply, Demand, Stewardship and Governance, as well as a Knowledge Group. As with the Panel, the Working Groups have a balanced membership across geographies and will include Panel members and external stakeholders, including countries, market and sector actors, and Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

The IAPB is committed to promoting the effective participation and inclusion of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in decision-making, with their free, prior and informed consent, and to include, consult and partner with them in the IAPB’s work.

The Panel plans to deliver its first set of outputs at CBD COP16 in Cali, Colombia in October 2024.

Our history

In June 2023, at the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris, the UK and French governments launched the ‘Global Roadmap to Harness Biodiversity Credits for the Benefit of People and Planet' to facilitate the creation and growth of high-integrity biodiversity credit markets, and encourage enabling policy and regulatory mechanisms, in ways that are credible, timely, and coherent on an international level.

The International Advisory Panel on Biodiversity Credits has been established to lead this process as a global, independent and multidisciplinary expert group.

The Panel has engaged internationally at UNFCCC COP28 in UAE, the World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos, and the sixth meeting of the UN Environment Assembly in Kenya.

The Secretariat for the Panel is staffed by government officials on loan from the French and British Environment and Finance Ministries.