The Scottish Nature Finance Pioneers, or the ‘Pioneers’, is about exploring, discussing and contributing to the supporting infrastructure required for high integrity nature finance markets. This includes project pipeline, metrics thinking, influencing policy alignment, and learning from what works elsewhere.

Our history

Established in July 2020, and formerly known as the Scottish Conservation Finance Pioneers, the Scottish Nature Finance Pioneers group emerged out of an earlier Scottish Forum sub-group, the Innovative Finance Working Group, which played an important role in driving the “Route Map to £1 Billion” conservation finance project, which launched in May 2020, and was led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and SEPA. The Scottish Nature Finance Pioneers group aims to build on the interest generated in conservation finance by the Route Map, and is open to anyone to join, from anywhere in the world.

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Hosted by the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, the Scottish Nature Finance Pioneers was founded by the Scottish Wildlife TrustSEPANatureScotScottish Forestry and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), with direct funding support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and strategic partnership arrangements with the Green Finance Institute and Ecosystems Knowledge Network.


The Nature Finance Pioneers hub sits within a suite of networks of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital. Find out more