Investing in nature's intrinsic value

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In short:

  • "Natural asset companies" propose valuing ecosystems for their preservation, potentially transforming them into profitable investments.
  • The concept, though facing opposition, aims to integrate nature's value into the market, beyond traditional philanthropy and government efforts.
  • This innovative approach has garnered interest from environmentalists, investors, and philanthropists, despite regulatory and ideological challenges.

Key quote:

"All of these things, if you think about it, are social agreements to a degree. And the beauty of a financial system is between a willing buyer and seller, the underlying becomes true."

— Douglas Eger, founder of Intrinsic Exchange Group

Why this matters:

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