Despite their large potential to help people mitigate and adapt to climate change, nature-based solutions comprise just 2% of climate-related investment. More pathways for private sector investment in forest conservation, wetlands restoration, coastal management, and other nature-based solutions are sorely needed to reach the estimated $300 billion per year the world needs to adapt to climate impacts. Understanding climate risks and opportunities from a private sector perspective is critical to making nature-based solutions business as usual. A global dataset from CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) gives us a window into this perspective. Conservation International (CI) seeks a data-savvy intern to assist us with analysis of climate and water risks reported by 2,000 major global companies to their investors. The research seeks to (1) understand the extent to which companies are currently using nature-based solutions to manage climate impacts and reduce emissions and (2) identify opportunities to advance nature-based solutions in key sectors and geographies.
The research will inform several potential research outputs, including submissions to peer-reviewed publications, business-facing information sheets, and webinars/presentations to industry and investor groups. It will also guide CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business as it continues engaging with major global companies (Starbucks, Walmart, BHP Billiton, and others) on climate change.
- Analyze a global dataset on private sector climate and water risks, as reported to investors (under the direction of an associate researcher)
- Assist with preparation of figures and text for research papers to be submitted for peer review
- (Potentially) assist with qualitative research outside of the dataset, possibly including phone interviews, developing examples based on company sustainability reporting, etc.
- Identify potential venues (publications, conferences, influencer groups) to further disseminate research findings
- Engage across multiple divisions of CI working on nature-based solutions to climate change
- Other tasks as they arise
- This position is located in Arlington, VA
- Advanced knowledge of Excel
- Experience and comfort working with large datasets
- Knowledge of/ interest in climate change risks, especially those faced by companies Strong writing skills
- Attention to detail
- Curiosity – ability to formulate and interrogate new research questions based on findings
- Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) is a plus
- Design skills (especially in figure/graphic creation) are a plus