Improving Ocean Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation

AVPN Faculty · January 5, 2024

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This was a Case Study Learning session held on 4 October 2023.

About this module:

Climate change and human activity continue to threaten the health of the world’s oceans. For many island and coastal nations, this means that their lives and livelihoods are at risk. An intervention that can support these communities and their economies, and strengthen ocean conservation efforts, is more crucial than ever. Analyze an outcomes-based financing approach to this problem and think of new solutions by joining Improving Ocean Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation. This is the third of three Case Study Learning sessions supported by UBS Optimus Foundation where you can deepen your understanding of complex social and environmental problems to come up with innovative social finance solutions alongside peers, and under the guidance of experts and practitioners.

About the Experts:

Thomas Brzostowski is the Interim Singapore Country Director, where he oversees one of The Nature Conservancy’s newest country program offices and teams, working to help support Singapore in achieving its climate and sustainability aspirations. Tom is a trained scientist, philanthropy and conservation professional and non-profit executive leader with more than 13 years of experience working for international environmental organizations in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. His passion lies in developing transformational partnerships with philanthropists, foundations, companies, governments and impact investors to achieve mutual goals and aspirations to address the global biodiversity and climate crises and build a future where both people and nature thrive.

Vikalp Sabhlok leads deal identification and structuring for NatureVest in Asia Pacific. Over the past decade, he has worked in various capacities in climate change-related sectors to support the origination, project development, and appraisal of climate-smart investment opportunities. Most recently, he was the green investment team lead at Global Green Growth Institute, an intergovernmental organization, in Indonesia where he helped conceptualize and develop blended finance instruments, and innovative projects in renewable energy, sustainable forestry, and sustainable agriculture. Over the last 5 years, he has also closely worked with national and sub-national governments on policy and capacity-building initiatives to enable the mobilization of climate finance from the Green Climate Fund. Vikalp holds an MS in Management Sciences from MIT Sloan School of Management and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

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