Banking Nature

We investigate the commercialization of the natural world. Protecting our planet has become big business with companies promoting new environmental markets. This involves species banking, where investors buy up vast swathes of land, full of endangered species, to enable them to sell ‘nature credits’. Companies whose actions destroy the environment are now obliged to buy these credits and new financial centres have sprung up, specializing in this trade.

Many respected economists believe that the best way to protect nature is to put a price on it. But others fear that this market in nature could lead to companies having a financial interest in a species’ extinction. There are also concerns that – like the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 – the market in nature credits is bound to crash. And there are wider issues at stake. What guarantees do we have that our natural inheritance will be protected? And should our ecological heritage be for sale?


  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 55 & 90 MINS
  • Production: VIA DECOUVERTES
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA, ESP
  • Country of production: France



  • Winner of the Expo Milano 2015 Prize (Prix Italia); Award of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences (Life Sciences Film Festival 2015, Czech Rep); Best Documentary (Grand Prize of the City of Innsbruck, Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2015, Austria); Best Feature Film/Full-Length Documentary (Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2015, Malaysia); Best International Feature Award at Planet in Focus 2015 (Canada); Best Short Documentary (FICMA 2015, Spain); Special Prize "Emys Foundation" (FICMA 2015, Spain); Greenpeace Switzerland Prize at Festival du Film Vert 2016 (Switzerland & France); Planeta. Doc Award (Brazil); Sustainable Business Award at Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival (USA). Ahvaz International Science Film Festival 2015 (Iran); Byron Bay Film Festival 2015 (Australia); NaturVision Film Festival 2015 (Germany); globaLE Leipzig 2015 (Germany), Filmambiente (Brazil); DREFF 2015 (Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival); Environmental Film Festival Melbourne 2015 (Australia); CineEco Seia (Portugal); IDFA Panorama 2015 (Netherlands); EcoCup Environmental Film Festival 2016 (Russia); Zagrebdox 2016 (Croatia); Sofia International Film Festival in association with Cinema Politica 2016 (Bulgaria); Neberolle Natur Film Festival 2016 (Switzerland); FIGRA 2016 (France); Eco Cup St. Petersburg 2016 (Russia); Addis International Film Festival 2016 (Ethiopia); Lo Mejor del EGFF (Ecuador); Salt Spring Film Festival 2016 (Canada); Green Film Festival Seoul 2016 (South Korea); Planeta.Doc Festival (Brazil); Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival (Ireland); Braunschweig International Film Festival (Germany); Singapore Green Eco Film Festival (Singapore) ; Iran International Green Film Festival (Iran)

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