In this edition of the African Business podcast we speak to Elizabeth Maruma Mrema about her role as co-chair at the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures. Maruma Mrema is also the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and the Executive Deputy Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. She is one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People for 2023 – having been a key figure at the Nature COP 15 in Montreal spearheading a groundbreaking agreement on biodiversity protection.

In this episode she tells us how the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) was established to develop a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations, aiming to shift global financial flows towards nature-positive outcomes.

As climate change and nature are interconnected, an integrated approach has become necessary to effectively address these challenges. Maruma Mrema tells us about the significance of integrating nature-related disclosures within climate-related reporting and the role of corporate disclosures in promoting transparency and accountability.

The TNFD also complements the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). By integrating nature-related information into financial decision-making processes, businesses can mitigate risks, identify sustainable opportunities, and contribute to nature conservation. The TNFD has closely aligned its recommendations with the TCFD to promote consistency and facilitate the adoption of an integrated climate-nature disclosure framework.

We also look ahead to the launch of the TNFD’s final recommendations in September at New York Climate Week, and discuss what to expect at Cop28 in December in the UAE.

Read an excerpt from the interview in IC Intelligence Insights 09: Nature and Climate Redux 

Credits

Host and executive producer: Dr Desné Masie

Co-producer: Peter Doerrie

Digital Editor: Charles Dietz

Design: Jason Venkatasamy

Music: Corporate Uplifting Chill by MusicLFiles

Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/