Austria

Session V. 26 April 2002, 09.30-13.00, Mainstreaming Environment in Corporate Governance, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions

 

1. ENABLING CONDITIONS TO HARNESS PRIVATE FINANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT


Speaker: Mr. Bart Jan Krouwel, Head of Sustainable Development, Rabobank


Key issues and background papers:

  • Policies in OECD and non-OECD countries that hinder or enable commercial financing of environmental investments;
  • Integrating investment and environment policies (drawing on OECD Conferences on FDI and Environment);
  • Promoting environmental corporate responsibility in the non-financial sectors, (e.g. OECD Guidelines on MNES, World Bank/IFC);
  • Initiatives of the financial sector (e.g. UNEP Financial Institutions Initiative);
  • Environmental reporting of investment and pension funds and micro-credit initiatives;
  • Expectations of the investors, financial institutions and fund managers concerning enabling framework conditions, conducive regulatory frameworks and "right" incentive structure for private financing of public environmental goods.

- keynote speech
- panel presentations

- background documents
- other related documents

- rapporteurs' report



2. MARKET BASED APPROACHES FOR FINANCING BIODIVERSITY


Speaker: Dr. Maritta Koch-Weser, President, Earth 3000


Key issues and background papers

  • Creating markets for biodiversity products and services;
  • Countries' experience illustrating the role of government in harnessing private finance for biodiversity and nature conservation;
  • Information Instruments for Market Development;
  • Sectoral experience in market development: Organic Agriculture, Ecotourism, Forest Resources;
  • Financial Markets;
  • Community Based Market Involvement.

- keynote speech and presentation
- panel presentations
- background documents
- rapporteurs' report