Collaborating for Scaled Investment in Forests and Nature: Forest Investor Club

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This session will highlight innovative investment strategies for forests and nature. Speakers from the U.S. Department of State and members of the Forest Investor Club will discuss ways to unlock investment opportunities and develop solutions to overcome barriers, including examples of investment strategies across a range of asset classes and risk profiles.

Nature-based solutions (NbS) have the potential to achieve one-third of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to stabilize our climate. Despite the potential, there is chronic underinvestment in the protection, restoration, and sustainable management of natural ecosystems, degraded lands, and working lands. A rapid scale up of private sector investments in NbS is needed to achieve their full climate, nature, and social potential, but in less developed markets the investment landscape  can be fragmented, difficult to navigate, and limited by the number of deals that meet the risk-return profile of some investors.

The Forest Investor Club (FIC), established by the U.S. Department of State and led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), is a network of public and private financial institutions, investors, and companies committed to accelerating investments in NbS. FIC facilitates partnerships to unlock investment opportunities, improve access to pipeline, and develop solutions to overcome investment barriers.

Learn about the latest efforts to scale up both new and existing solutions through collaboration between governments, the private sector, civil society and community leaders. FIC members will share examples of innovative investment strategies and partnerships in increasing the scale and scope of forest and nature investments and a new report with insights on current barriers to investment in emerging and frontier markets, a landscape assessment of initiatives actively working on solutions, and a set of case studies from FIC members demonstrating different innovative investment strategies across a range of asset classes and risk profiles.

If you are an asset owner, asset manager, investment advisor, development finance institution, catalytic capital provider, project developer, company, or anyone else looking to learn more about investing in NbS and innovative examples of work underway in this nascent but growing sector in emerging and frontier markets, this session is for you.

  • Moderator:  Diane Holdorf, Executive Vice President, WBCSD
  • Opening Keynote: Rick Duke, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate, U.S Department of State
  • Speakers:
    o    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei, Director Climate Change Directorate, Forestry Commission of Ghana
    o    James Cashman, Director, Investments, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Panel:
    o    Ruben Lubowski, Chief Carbon and Environmental Markets Strategist, Lombard Odier Investment Managers
    o    Mark Wishnie, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head, Impact Investment Management, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group
    o    Chris Busch, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Apple
    o    Sam Lampert, Investment Director, Mirova

The Zoom Link for this session is

18th, September 2023 from 11:15 to 12:45
Park Hub
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY
United States