Wall Street is built on trading in stocks and bonds. Now it is turning its attention to the financial value of the natural world and how to fit that value into investment strategies. This has left academics puzzling over weighty questions, such as “what is a bee worth?”

Earlier this year, the Natural Capital Investment Alliance was founded by Lombard Odier, Mirova and a joint venture between HSBC and environmental investing firm Pollination. It aims to raise $10 billion by 2022 and to latch on to new revenue streams from natural habitats, such as forests, oceans and coral reefs, as part of projects designed to protect or restore these environments.

These natural capital initiatives have ranged from simple solutions, like investments in companies preventing plastic pollution, to more esoteric ones such as purchasing and improving undesirable land.

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