First Closing of the Althelia Biodiversity Fund Brazil

October 28, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: October 28th, 2019 London, U.K – Mirova Natural Capital Limited, wholly-owned by responsible investment manager Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, today announces the first close of the Althelia Biodiversity Fund Brazil (“ABF Brazil”), a new investment fund dedicated to making pioneering impact investments in the Legal Amazon.

Through ABF Brazil, Mirova Natural Capital Limited aims to deploy R$400 (US$100) million of blended finance into sustainable activities that protect, restore or otherwise improve biodiversity and community livelihoods in the Legal Amazon of Brazil[i].

The risks and challenges of working in the Amazon have precluded most impact investors from expanding into the hard-to-reach region, and specifically into sustainably managed agroforestry, farming, buffer-zones of protected areas and biodiversity-friendly initiatives, thus far. Meeting these challenges will require significant new private investment at scale. ABF Brazil aims to overcome these inherent challenges by providing venture and growth finance for transformational businesses that have a positive impact on biodiversity and communities in the Amazon. 

ABF Brazil invests in sustainable businesses, cooperatives, NGOs and other entities that have a positive impact on biodiversity and communities in the Amazon, building resilience in forest ecosystems & communities, and harnessing the Amazon forest’s natural capital to generate real assets and create sustainable economic growth and livelihoods.

Returns are expected to be generated from loan repayments, profit sharing arrangements, sale of equity, dividends, carbon or a combination of one or more of these instruments. In addition to seeking to provide investors with market returns from investments in conservation, agriculture, reforestation and innovation in services, finance and technology, the fund’s investments will be required to deliver substantial positive impacts on biodiversity and communities.

ABF Brazil will be officially launched on November 7th in Belém, the capital of the State of Pará, together with the launch of the expansion of the Partnership Platform for the Amazon (PPA) in to the state of Pará, a platform led by the private sector that seeks to build innovative solutions for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity, forests and natural resources of the Amazon, and of which Mirova Natural Capital is a member.

ABF Brazil is the fourth fund launched by the Althelia Funds product line from Mirova, dedicated to scaling natural capital investments.

"We are delighted to announce the first close of the Althelia Biodiversity Fund (ABF) Brazil. Unlocking private finance for new economic models is critical to maintaining the natural resources of Amazon rainforest. There has been a sharp increase in illegal deforestation in 2019 in the Amazon as compared to the previous year. ABF can help to solve this problem by strengthening the autonomy of forest-dependent communities, companies and entrepreneurs, creating opportunities to restore degraded lands and reduce biodiversity threats to standing forest, and replace illegal, unsustainable practices with legal, sustainable alternatives.” said Nick Oakes, ABF Brazil Investment Director.

This fund aims to demonstrate that private capital can be a source of capital for good management of our environment, leveraging on the benefits of intact ecosystems.” said Sylvain Goupille, Director for Althelia Funds at Mirova.

Target impacts include net positive impact on climate change, ecosystem Integrity, species protection, livelihoods & wellbeing, sustainable enterprises, inclusivity and investment returns to local stakeholders.

The fund benefits from a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), who helped co-design the fund, convene partners, and mitigated risk through a portfolio guarantee provided by USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA), and a partnership with the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the fund's cornerstone investor.

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About Mirova Natural Capital Limited

Mirova Natural Capital Limited is an experienced and recognised asset manager with an impact-driven approach to investment, aligning strong financial returns with measurable environmental and social impacts. Further to its acquisition by Mirova the platform has ambition to become the leading global natural capital fund manager. Althelia Funds is a product line of natural capital fund management and advisory services offered by Mirova Natural Capital Limited.

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Note to the editor

The Althelia Biodiversity Fund Brazil is a Brazilian FIP authorized by the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM). Vox Capital Consultoria e Assessoria Ltda is the administrator of the Fund and is duly authorized by the CVM as an investment fund administrator. Mirova Natural Capital Limited is an investment advisor to ABF Brazil.


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[i] This is an official designation comprising all nine states in the Amazon basin: Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins, part of Mato Grosso and most of Maranhão.

[ii] CerulliQuantitative Update: Global Markets 2017 ranked Natixis Investment Managers (formerly Natixis Global Asset Management) as the 15th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2016. 

[iii] Net asset value as of June 30, 2018 is $988.4 billion (€846.5 billion). Assets under management (“AUM”), as reported, may include notional assets, assets serviced, gross assets and other types of non-regulatory AUM. 

[iv] A division of Natixis Advisors, L.P. 

[v] A brand of DNCA Finance. 

[vi] A subsidiary of Ostrum Asset Management. 

[vii] A subsidiary of Ostrum Asset Management. 

[viii] A division of Natixis Advisors, L.P. 

[ix] Operated in the U.S. through Ostrum Asset Management U.S., LLC. 

[x] Operated in the U.S. through Ostrum Asset Management U.S., LLC. 

[xi] Caspian Private Equity is a joint venture between Natixis Investment Managers, L.P. and Caspian Management Holdings, LLC.  

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