Sustainable farmland, healthy forests, clean water and abundant habitat stand to become more valuable as the global population climbs to 9 billion by 2050. Already, pioneering investors have put together financial solutions that combine real assets, like tropical forests, with cash flows from operations in fields such as sustainable timber, agriculture and ecotourism. Conservation finance, as this field is called, represents an undeveloped, but emerging private sector investment opportunity of major proportion.
This report, co-authored by UNEP FI member Credit Suisse, proposes a toolkit with a number of scalable, repeatable and investable ideas for substantially growing investment into the conservation sector.
Conservation Finance From Niche to Mainstream: The Building of an Institutional Asset Class (PDF: 2.5 MB)