Day 2: Integrating Nature-Positivity

Marina Bay Sands

Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 5


Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)
07:00 – 09:00
120 mins
08:00 – 09:00
Breakfast Networking
60 mins
09:00 – 09:10
Keynote Address
10 mins
HE Razan Al Mubarak speaker frame
HE Razan Al Mubarak

President, International Union for Conservation of Nature, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28

09:10 – 09:25
The Scientific Case for Nature-positivity: From Evidence to Action
15 mins

There is no net-zero future without nature-positivity; one estimate quotes a 30% overlap between climate-friendly and nature-friendly – ecosystem conservation, restoration or both – action. This discussion serves as a stocktake of where the world is today in adopting nature-positivity and nature-based solutions, and discuss how technology can enable better measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for the world to advance towards these goals.

Speaker and Moderator
Sir Partha Dasgupta speaker frame
Sir Partha Dasgupta

Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge

Kavita Prakash-Mani speaker frame
Kavita Prakash-Mani

Founder, Dragonfly Advisory

09:25 – 10:05
The Business Case for Nature-positivity: People, Profit, Planet
40 mins

Prioritising nature can be a win-win-win situation for businesses, communities, and the planet. It is estimated that nature positive policies could generate more than $10 trillion in new annual business value and create 395 million jobs by 2030. Nature-positivity is hence not just about protecting our natural environment, but it can also present opportunities that can drive business growth for the next decade and beyond along with positive impact on livelihood and biodiversity.

Speakers and Moderator
Jules Kortenhorst speaker frame
Jules Kortenhorst

CEO, C-Quest Capital

Jennifer Morris speaker frame
Jennifer Morris

CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Frederick Teo speaker frame
Frederick Teo

CEO, GenZero

Prof Martin Stuchtey speaker frame
Prof Martin Stuchtey

Founder & Co-CEO, The Landbanking Group​

10:05 – 10:10
Solutions Showcase
5 mins

Rivulis is a role model for nature-positive solutions (regenerative agriculture) that also contributes to climate goals. Pachama's showcase illustrates how AI/Tech catalyses MRV (as a continuation of the Scientific Case panel).

Richard Klapholz speaker frame
Richard Klapholz

CEO, Rivulis

Diego Saez-Gil speaker frame
Diego Saez-Gil

Co-Founder & CEO, Pachama

10:10 – 10:45
Wild Frontiers, Green Rewards:​ Nature-based Solutions and the Role of Carbon Markets
35 mins

Nature-based solutions (NBS) are a powerful tool, with the potential to build community resilience against natural disasters, foster adaptation to climate change, reverse nature loss, and even contribute up to 30% of the emissions reductions needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030. However, a shortage of high-quality NBS projects remains a challenge, hindering their wider adoption. Increased scrutiny on voluntary carbon markets (VCMs) can correspond to greater legitimacy of climate-impact financing that is crucial for scaling up NBS. In this discussion, panellists will provide insights into the pivotal role of NBS and carbon markets as key levers for mobilising carbon finance to nature.

Speakers and Moderator
Jamie Houston speaker frame
Jamie Houston

CEO, Aurora Sustainable Lands

Robin Rix speaker frame
Robin Rix

Chief Legal, Policy and Markets Officer, Verra

Bill Townsend speaker frame
Bill Townsend

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Anew

Hoon Ling Min speaker frame
Hoon Ling Min

Investment Director, GenZero

10:45 – 11:10
Tea Break
25 mins
11:10 – 11:55
Businesses and Nature as One: The Road to Nature-Positivity
45 mins

Climate change and nature loss represent interconnected, systemic risks for investors and corporates. Urgent actions are needed to address these twin crises and support a sustainable future. Asia-Pacific is at the heart of the nature crisis, with 63% of its GDP at risk from nature loss. This session will explore the importance of nature-related disclosure, the applicability of the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures framework in Asia-Pacific and how investors and corporates can get started on their nature reporting journey.

Speakers and Moderator
Peter Bakker speaker frame
Peter Bakker

President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Emily McKenzie speaker frame
Emily McKenzie

Technical Director, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)

Sunny George Verghese speaker frame
Sunny George Verghese

Co-founder & Group CEO, Olam Group

Fang Eu-Lin speaker frame
Fang Eu-Lin

Partner and Sustainability & Climate Change Leader, PwC Singapore

11:55 – 12:15
Closing Remarks
20 mins
Robert Swan speaker frame
Robert Swan

Polar Explorer, Founder, 2041 Foundation

Barney Swan speaker frame
Barney Swan

CEO, ClimateForce

12:30 – 14:00
90 mins

Partner Events

12:30 – 14:00
Executive Exchange Lunch
90 mins

Scaling corporate decarbonisation and implementing a transformative business agenda to meet the rising demand for corporate accountability is not easy and we are off track in the journey to decarbonise the global economy. One of the key barriers is the mixed signals that come from the financial markets, which create headwinds and disincentives for business to go further, faster.

We need an unlock.

WBCSD, SAP and ENGIE Impact are co-hosting an invite-only Executive Exchange, titled “Beyond Compliance: Aligning Corporate Vision with Decarbonisation Realities” at Ecosperity Week 2024. The lunch event aims to convene industry leaders to discuss how a holistic approach can effectively align the organisation’s ambition while simultaneously meeting the rising demand for corporate accountability.

For more information on Climate Related Corporate Performance and Accountability Systems, please visit

14:00 – 18:00
Philanthropy Asia Summit
240 mins

The Philanthropy Asia Summit (PAS) is the Philanthropy Asia Alliance’s flagship collaborative platform catalysing philanthropic-public-private partnerships to address pressing environmental and societal challenges.

For more information, please visit or email

14:00 – 18:15
GenZero Climate Summit: The Next Steps
255 mins

The world is not on track to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 °C in 2030. As we fall short of our climate goals, the next steps on the road to net zero seem fraught with uncertainty.

Carbon markets, as it currently stands, are in flux. Price, policies, and politics remain critical roadblocks in the decarbonisation agenda. Amidst the debates, it is critical that we do not allow imperfection to impede progress and lose sight of our north star – global decarbonisation for a net zero future. It is imperative that we do not become paralysed into a state of stagnation because inaction today, will have profound consequences tomorrow.

Themed ‘The Next Steps’, the second edition of the GenZero Climate Summit will focus on the pivotal and concrete course of actions required to overcome challenges and accelerate decarbonisation globally.

The only right path for us to combat climate change is the path forward.

For more information, please email

16:00 – 18:00
SMBC Roundtable: From Niche to Norm - Identifying strategies to unlock capital to scale Nature-based Solutions in Southeast Asia
120 mins

Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots - yet deforestation, biodiversity loss, and climate change threaten the very fabric of our region’s natural heritage.

Nature underpins much of the region’s economic engine. Recent estimates by Temasek, World Economic Forum and AlphaBeta stated nature-positive business opportunities in the region add up to USD 4.3 trillion in annual business value by 2030, underlining its indispensable role in enabling our collective growth. Alarmingly, there are clear warnings that biodiversity and nature loss imperil up to 63% of Asia Pacific’s GDP.

Given the threat to our natural world, the imperative to embrace nature-based solutions to mitigate these challenges has never been more urgent. Join SMBC in a dynamic roundtable discussion to explore innovative, economically strident strategies to promote the expansion of nature-based solutions, focusing on the rich landscape of Southeast Asia's biodiversity hotspots.

This event is by invite only. To indicate interest, please email

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