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AXA natural capital strategy raises $483m

Monday, September 26, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

AXA Group's alternative investments business, AXA IM Alts, announced the launch of a new Natural Capital Strategy, expanding its platform of nature-based solutions aimed at addressing climate change and preserving biodiversity.

The launch of the Natural Capital strategy, only currently available for AXA investors who have provided an initial 500m ($483m) commitment, underpins the division's broader plans to extend its efforts to address climate change and biodiversity loss.

The launch forms part of a commitment last year by AXA group to invest 1.5 billion to support sustainable forest management, said a media release from the long-time private markets impact fund manager.

According to the company, the Natural Capital Strategy will focus on financing activity that ensures vulnerable or high-value natural habitats are protected from deforestation, including both financing to address the drivers of deforestation and to improve forest conservation efforts, quantified through the issuance of voluntary carbon credits.

The portfolio will combine strategic equity investments, with stakes in companies supporting the natural capital ecosystem in local markets, the provision of carbon solutions, and direct project financing said the alternative investments manager with over 190 billion of assets under management.

Jean-Baptiste Tricot, Group Chief Investment Officer, AXA Group, said: "Forests represent 80% of the Earth's biod......................

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