AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Nature and Climate: Measuring Natural Capital in Australia

By ClimateWorks Centre





Date & time


12 September 2023


12 September 2023

About this event

Globally, the race is on to reduce emissions and protect ecosystems, as limiting warming to 1.5C is impossible without doing both.

Markets have not traditionally accounted for the benefits of nature, but our economies are entirely dependent on the natural world. Measuring and valuing natural assets and the services they provide as ‘natural capital’ can encourage investment in nature. But there has been no agreed way to measure natural capital – until now.

After four years working with industry, government, stakeholders and experts, Climateworks has released version 1.0 of the Natural Capital Measurement Catalogue. This digital resource includes an agreed, evidence-based set of metrics for natural capital and information on how to use them.

Climateworks CEO Anna Skarbek hosts this webinar exploring the catalogue, its uses and the emerging international disclosure frameworks it’s aligned with.

Food, Land and Ocean System Lead Liam Walsh will outline the development of the catalogue – what we did, who we worked with and how it can help Australia meet its climate goals.

Program Lead Eithne Cahill will showcase the catalogue and some of the ways it can be used for natural capital assessment and accounting.

The event will feature an interview between Anna Skarbek and Carolin Leeshaa, Natural Capital & Biodiversity Lead with KPMG and member of the international Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, who sits on the Advisory Council for the Climateworks initiative behind the catalogue.

Anna Skarbek
Climateworks Centre

Anna Skarbek is CEO of Climateworks Centre. A former banker and green policy adviser, Anna has led Climateworks since its creation in 2009, analysing emissions reduction opportunities, setting the ambition and unblocking barriers to implementation.

Anna worked in London’s carbon markets as Vice President of Advisory with Climate Change Capital, in Australia Anna was senior policy advisor to the Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Water, Environment and Climate Change, investment banker in Macquarie Bank’s energy and utilities team, and solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Carolin Leeshaa
Taskforce Member,
Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures

Carolin is the National Lead Natural Capital & Biodiversity at KPMG Australia, where she advises government, financial services, and corporate clients to integrate nature in policy, strategy, investment and risk management, reporting, decarbonisation transition planning and the design of innovative ‘Finance for Nature’ funding solutions across the full spectrum of the capital continuum.

Carolin has significant experience in capital markets, sustainable finance and risk management at major financial institutions and architected multi-sector systems-change initiatives linking regenerative economic development with social equity and climate resilience in regional Australia. She is a leading ESG voice and market

Liam Walsh
System Lead, Food Land & Ocean,
Climateworks Centre

Liam leads Climateworks’ efforts to reduce emissions within the Food Land & Ocean system across Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Liam has varied experience working with different actors across our global food system to drive change, including major companies and government actors in Australia, Vietnam, Kenya, Liberia and the UK.

Eithne Cahill
Program Impact Manager – Natural Capital,
Climateworks Centre

Eithne leads the Natural Capital Investment Initiative, which seeks to better integrate and make visible the value of nature in corporate and government decision-making. With a passion to drive food system transformation, Eithne brings an extensive and diverse skill set to her role, having led food, nutrition and health programs for leading local and international food corporations, primary industries, start-ups and not-for-profits.

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