Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry

April 2019

by Rachel Bass, Peter Murphy, Hannah Dithrich


Scaling Impact Investment in Forestry assesses asset owners’ motivations and needs when investing in sustainable and impact forestry, a sector which offers both the commercial viability and the scale necessary to stem the effects of climate change. The report also describes the key features, revenue sources, and drivers of risk for asset managers active in the sector.

Findings are based on 24 interviews with asset owners, asset managers, and intermediaries as well as a database of 39 sustainable and impact forestry funds. The report features five in-depth profiles that illustrate investors’ different strategies for generating revenues, such as sales of timber, carbon offsets, and other forest products and leasing and sales of land. Additionally, the report elevates five concrete opportunities to scale and strengthen the sustainable and impact forestry market going forward.


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