A national scientific research institute seeks BWD’s technical and strategic sustainability expertise ahead of making investment decisions on new areas of inquiry. In 2022, for example, we were commissioned to draft a white paper to assess how the emergence of nature positive business models, policies, and investments could grow the market for scientific data to better protect and value nature.

The white paper provided practical recommendations on how the institute could play a leading role in the broader transition to a nature-positive approach to business, with a focus on the opportunities inherent in natural capital accounting to help value, preserve and restore coastal ecosystems and marine parks.

These detailed insights provided the basis for internal review of the financial opportunities associated with R&D in this space, and in turn, helped the institute make the case for additional resources and government funding to protect marine ecosystems.