Applying an investor lens to biodiversity measurement: Design principles for framework developers

Biodiversity loss is ranked as one of the top five biggest global risks to humanity, but less than 16% of the required funding for conservation and restoration is currently available. Increasing both awareness and funding of biodiversity-related issues depends on rigorous, credible, and consistent measurement – practices that, in today’s landscape, contain gaps that hinder the ability to assess programs and support the areas of greatest need.

Dalberg came together with FSD-Africa Investments and African Leadership University School of Wildlife Conservation to assess current frameworks and create a launchpad for future framework development. Looking across the spectrum of current measurement options, they found that most existing tools are bespoke and highly technical, and often don’t capture the complexity of biodiversity and ecosystems. To help solve for these challenges, Dalberg developed a set of design principles that can help framework developers build tools with an investor lens.

The design principles are aimed at providing a starting point for quality frameworks and measurement tools. With this lens applied, investors will be equipped with the tools to measure and value outcomes, supporting the informed decision-making needed to reduce the biodiversity funding gap.

The eight design principles are available here. To learn more about this work, please contact Devang Vussonji.

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