Simone currently leads the development of the Investment Fund for Land Degradation Neutrality for the UNCCD in collaboration with Mirova, the responsible investment subsidiary of Natixis. He is a board member of the Ecosystem Services Partnership, affiliated member of the University of Zurich Research Priority Programme on Global Change and Biodiversity, and a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His expertise is on blended finance for sustainable development. Previously, Simone coordinated the Private Sector Engagement, Policy/Investment Analysis and Innovative Finance Programs at the UN Global Mechanism.

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Mining companies drive economic growth and progress, but can contribute significantly to environmental degradation if their operations are not carefully managed.6–8 The industry itself cannot operate without disturbing land, so it has direct impact on land quality. While there are several ways of assessing carbon, water, or ecological …

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