ETHOS WILDER

Current Project Status:

1. Incubation

What it’s about

The diversity and quantity of nature in the UK is still declining so we need to do something about it – at scale for the long term, based on best practices and significant investment.

bird on branch
owl

Our aims

To improve the biodiversity and biomass in the UK we need to make a step change in the scale of our nature recovery programmes. We need lots of large sites (> 500 acres) with long term commitment (> 25 years) from landowners, investors, partners etc where each site can regenerate over many years. This will require over £50m of direct or indirect capital and an innovative approach to generating sustainable revenue streams over many years.

We need a new level of ambition and access to funding from the public and private sectors, philanthropists and NGO’s. Over the next 8 -10 years we plan to acquire, lease or have joint ventures on at least 20 sites in the UK ideally as part of larger landscape level recovery projects. We will work very closely with funding and delivery partners to ensure each site is funded in a way which puts nature first and site regeneration is delivered at a pace driven by nature.

Our aims

To improve the biodiversity and biomass in the UK we need to make a step change in the scale of our nature recovery programmes. We need lots of large sites (> 500 acres) with long term commitment (> 25 years) from landowners, investors, partners etc where each site can regenerate over many years. This will require over £50m of direct or indirect capital and an innovative approach to generating sustainable revenue streams over many years.

owl

We need a new level of ambition and access to funding from the public and private sectors, philanthropists and NGO’s. Over the next 8 -10 years we plan to acquire, lease or have joint ventures on at least 20 sites in the UK ideally as part of larger landscape level recovery projects. We will work very closely with funding and delivery partners to ensure each site is funded in a way which puts nature first and site regeneration is delivered at a pace driven by nature.

The story so far

We have engaged with a number of key stakeholders such as wildlife charities, economists, ecologists, carbon credit and ecosystem services experts, land managers, investors, government and have submitted funding requests from key sources. The next couple of months will be very very interesting!! The key will be to develop an investment model which is attractive to all stakeholders.

My Ethos story

I worked with Rob Pye and Tony Clarke at EY a long time ago and have stayed in touch ever since so have seen the evolution of C-People which became Ethos. Working with Ethos was inevitable at some point given the alignment on values and approach. The massive issues around nature recovery was a very relevant topic to develop within Ethos – and the Ethos Young Leaders are just brilliant!!

Geoff Carss

Geoff Carss
Ethos Partner and Founder of Ethos Wilder
LinkedIn icon

Get involved

We are creating an ambitious approach to funding nature recovery so we need a diverse set of skills, motivations and experiences including:

  • Contribute skills and experience – such as Land Agents, Ecologists, Researchers, Natural Capital finance etc.
  • Partners – organisations who want to find a way of delivering a step change in funding AND/OR delivery
  • Donors – while we are building the new approach funding will be important
  • Investors – If you are considering investing in nature recovery projects and assets please do contact us – and share your needs and ideas.

Collectively we need to raise our game to deliver massive scale improvements – so let’s work together!

Please contact Geoff Carss at wilder@ethosvo.org

puffin