MEDIA ADVISORY - 5th BIOFIN Global Conference on New Opportunities to Finance Conservation

May 8, 2023

Planet Earth needs USD824 billion per year to restore and protect its imperilled ecosystems necessary to our livelihood, according to a 2020 study by the Nature Conservancy, Paulson Institute and Cornell University. However, only USD121 billion is spent on average per year to preserve biodiversity. To bridge this gap, the United Nations Development Programme’s Biodiversity Finance Initiative (UNDP-BIOFIN) will convene over 180 biodiversity finance experts and government members at the 5th BIOFIN Global Conference, 9-11 May 2023. 


Delegates from more than 45 countries will share insights and experiences to inspire more action to preserve life and nature in every corner of the globe, engaging in diverse discussions around opportunities to finance biodiversity such as finance sector engagement, positive incentives, impact investment, repurposing harmful subsidies, community engagement and others.


Media is invited to cover the opening session of the conference on 09 May 2023. Please indicate your interest to Mr. Ntokozo Mahlangu: or 060 533 6760. 


Details of the event are as follows:  


When: 09 to 11 May 2023

Time: 09h00 to 11h00 

Where: Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Platform: In-person


Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, South Africa

Midori Paxton, Global Head for Ecosystems and Biodiversity, UNDP

Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director

Karen Cope, Deputy Subsecretary of Sustainable Production and Policies, Executive Office of the President of Brazil

H.E. Chan Somaly, Under Secretary of State and National BIOFIN Focal Point, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia

Nelson Muffuh, UN Resident Coordinator, South Africa

Ayodele Odusola, UNDP Resident Representative, South Africa, 


For offsite (telephonic/zoom) interview requests throughout the duration of the conference, please kindly indicate for arrangements.