Invest in Nature: A Conversation

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A virtual fireside chat about nature-based solutions, conservation finance, and biodiversity protection.

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Canada has made significant commitments to meet climate and biodiversity targets. Will current investments get us there? Join us for a virtual fireside chat about nature-based solutions, conservation finance, and biodiversity protection.

Presented by: Smart Prosperity Institute

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Location: Virtual – link will be provided a few days before the event

At this conversation-focussed event, our panel of experts will welcome questions from the audience and discuss topics such as:

    • Canada’s ambitious targets for biodiversity protection and the policy and financing priorities for achieving these goals.
    • Biodiversity offsets and carbon offsets – how do they work and where do they apply?
    • Nature-based solutions - considering the different needs of conserved and protected areas, urban nature, agriculture, and forestry.
    • What is the difference between nature-based solutions and nature-based climate solutions?
    • Value – how do we ensure that conservation finance is not about commodifying nature but rather about directing the right resources to reach climate and biodiversity goals?

If you would like to submit questions to the panel ahead of the event, please email

This event will explore the report, Invest in Nature: Scaling Conservation Finance in Canada for a Nature-Smart Economy, published by Smart Prosperity Institute in May 2021.


Stewart Elgie - Law Professor at the University of Ottawa, Chair of Smart Prosperity Institute

Paige Olmsted - Senior Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute

Scott McFatridge - Senior Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute


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Smart Prosperity Institute (formerly Sustainable Prosperity) is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.

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