Timber Grown Among Crops Shows Promise for Timberland Investors

Corn, coffee, cattle, and other crops can be raised on land that also supports cultivated timber. This symbiotic approach, known as agroforestry, has clear ecological benefits – and it could become a new asset class for timberland investors.

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Want To Tackle Global Challenges? Think -- And Invest -- Differently

Impact investing is reshaping financial markets. Among the thoughtful leaders shaping this movement is Laura Ortiz Montemayor, the vibrant founder and CEO of SVX, an impact investment consulting firm in Mexico. In the interview below she offers her vision for our financial system, provides examples of innovation for shared prosperity, and challenges us to think differently to address global challenges.

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Regeneration for Environmental funds in Latin America

Our environmental and deeply linked social crisis cannot wait for us to understand how crucially urgent it is to unite our resources for regeneration. We are used to having one pocket of money to make more money no matter how much it destroys the world (usually 95% of our total portfolio) and another tiny pocket (usually 5%) to “save” the world. What is the probability of us EVER making a REAL contribution of value to the world with this separation paradigm?

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Fertile soil: The growing world of forest conservation finance

At its core, the vision is about maintaining the natural infrastructure that provides us with the critical goods and services we need in our communities. These include clean air and water, outdoor recreation, wood products and local food. Fortunately, we can choose to protect these assets and use Smart Growth principles to grow our economic base without sacrificing our farms and forests.

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Natural capital and the fourth Industrial Revolution

The concept of natural capital is more relevant than ever in 2017, when we are devising the means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We also find ourselves in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, which is characterized by the digital world, genetics, robotics, 5G networks – and a new understanding of humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

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On the Farm, Investors Get Their Hands Dirty

Jesse Fink was a co-founder and chief operating officer of the internet travel site Priceline when it went public in 1999. The offering made him instantly wealthy, and he retired almost immediately.He and his wife, Betsy, who had met in forestry school, took their bonanza and began investing not in other high-flying tech companies but in the earth: first a vineyard on Long Island, then a peach orchard in Colorado and eventually land in Wilton, Conn., that became Millstone Farm.

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Shifting from quantitative to qualitative economic growth

We have known for a long time that judging an economy’s progress and success in quantitative (financial) terms leads to dangerous distortions and misplaced priorities. In 1972, Limits to Growth warned of the potentially devastating environmental effects of unbridled growth and resource depletion on a finite planet.

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Look out, banks: Sustainability funding gets creative

Nothing beats seeing a great idea turned into a business reality — especially when that dream realizes benefits for communities and the environment. But innovation requires risks that can signal red flags for mainstream banks.

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Scaling-Up investment into Land Restoration: Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck

Land degradation has long been recognized as a major problem which threatens ecological health, social stability and economic prosperity. For several decades, a series of solutions have been devised and attempted with varying degrees of success. However, efforts to combat land degradation have been hampered by a lack of resources and the sheer scale of the problem.

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Landscape Green Bonds: An emerging new asset class?

Today, ‘Landscape Green Bonds’ are rare and make up just 3% of green bonds issued. In the next decade, this market could expand, offering exposure to a US$200bn a year business opportunity in climate-smart tropical agriculture, which is essential for meeting targets on emission reductions; two thirds of tropical deforestation is driven by the production of agricultural commodities.

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