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Biodiversity Working Party

Biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate (a mass extinction). The economic or financial impact of this loss is unknown. There is an increasing amount of work focusses on how business and government decision making can account for biodiversity through concepts such as natural capital valuation. This is an important topic on which there has been little actuarial discussion to date. The Biodiversity & Natural Capital Risk Working Party will include (contested) concepts such as natural capital and valuation of ecosystem services. This is a key focus for the draft Environment Bill in the UK Government and so a significant increase in policy and regulation is expected to follow on from this Bill.

The Biodiversity working party has formed four subgroups to consider an range of Biodiversity issues including: Zoonotic disease / Covid-19, natural capital, valuation metrics and justice.

Planned outputs:

  • An education of actuarial volunteers on natural capital valuation approaches and biodiversity
  • An informed input into DEFRA and/or UN consultation on the role of, or impact to, business from biodiversity changes


Blog: Biodiversity Risk, Natural Capital and actuarial practice

SDG Podcast: Biodiversity with Aled Jones


Chair Aled Jones
Membership 7
Established 2020


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  • Spaces available

    A panel discussion with investment representatives discussing the impact of investment on climate change and vice versa.

    This event is part of The Road to Glasgow: IFoA’s Sustainability Thought Leadership Series which will provide a platform for prominent contributors so that our members and others can understand the perspectives of a wide range of parties interested in the climate debate.

  • Spaces available

    Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Addressing it will require multi-faceted solutions. Through this panel session, we will explore the different levers that can be used to meet net-zero targets including climate science and data, government engagement, and mobilising green finance.

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    How governments and societies collectively respond to the climate crisis is increasingly being analysed through the lens of intergenerational fairness. Our expert panel will assess and explore the extent to which inter-generous fairness is being considered in climate policies, the lessons from those countries who are leading the way on fairness and justice in climate interventions, and more.

  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.