ENCORE (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure) is an online tool that enables users to visualise how the economy depends on nature and how environmental change creates risks for businesses. Starting from a business sector, ecosystem service, or natural capital asset, ENCORE can be used to start exploring natural capital risks. These risks can be explored further to understand location-specific risks with maps of natural capital assets and drivers of environmental change. By focusing on the goods and services that nature provides to enable economic production, it guides users in understanding how businesses across all sectors of the economy depend on nature, and how these dependencies might represent a business risk if environmental degradation disrupts them.
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The development of this tool was undertaken as part of the Advancing Environmental Risk Management project. The aim of the project is to help financial institutions to better understand, assess and integrate natural capital risks in their activities. In addition to the development of the information behind ENCORE, this project looked at how financial institutions can apply this information to screen their portfolios for natural capital risk and integrate the insights into their existing risk management processes. Initially, these pilot studies have been carried out with banks in Colombia, Peru, and South Africa and the Natural Capital Finance Alliance is working on broadening this work to other geographies and types of financial institutions.
The NCFA is a finance sector led initiative, providing expertise, information, and tools on material aspects of natural capital for financial institutions. It works to support these institutions in integrating natural capital considerations into their risk management processes and products as well as helping them to discover new opportunities. The NCFA Secretariat is run jointly by the UN Environment Finance Initiative and Global Canopy Programme.