We unlock investing in tangible ESG assets — hectares of protected rainforest. 

The best way to save forests? Make them too expensive to destroy. Forestbase is doing this by unlocking crowd-investing in protected forests. It’s a conservation strategy and a financial opportunity. We believe the two are inextricable.

01We buy the forest land.
The barriers to buying tropical forest land are significant. If you were to purchase a forest yourself, you’d need to buy a vast swath of land, commit to months of legal and administrative work, and have a physical presence in the region. Forestbase does all of this legwork. We acquire untouched primary forests and conduct a thorough legal, biological, and ownership history review, all of which we then audit by a third party. We work closely with local communities to set up the conservation strategy. Our acquisition model ensures the best strategy for any forest we purchase to be green, legal, and ethical.
02We develop its conservation.
The first thing we do with the land we’ve purchased is to set up its conservation plan and capacity.
The local communities are our first partner, as they benefit both short- and long-term from our conservation model. When protecting the forest becomes a source of recurring revenue for them, everyone benefits for generations to come.
The symbiosis works both ways, as the key to successful conservation is having allies on the ground. Additionally, we work with world-class conservation experts to set up intervention capacity in case outside forces still attempt to log or pollute.
To give the developing carbon and biodiversity markets enough time to catch up to us, we set up a provision for conservation costs of our forests for 10 years ahead.
03We turn it into a tradeable asset.
It is our ambition to make it easy to buy and sell forest hectares. Therefore, we turn the hectares into a tradable security. This means we set up an SPV for this specific forest that has the same amount of shares as there are hectares. The amount of forest hectares can be adjusted to portfolio size, and can be sold later. To comply with trading regulations, we bring these shares to market with our Swiss company. We will apply for the SFDR Art.9 label 'Dark Green Assets'. Unlike most offers in the space of green assets and climate tech, we create a tangible financial asset: a hectare of actual forest.
04Market makes price.
Our market research tells us that the demand to purchase and protect forests is high. However, it’s a complex undertaking, and until now, the asset is inaccessible for most. That is why we believe the price of forests today is being kept artificially low, which makes them vulnerable. Making this asset available, reducing hurdles, we expect the market demand to drive up the price of protected forests and come to a true price point. And when forest owners around the world see what their untouched forest is really worth, they will lose the incentive to transform their forests for other purposes.
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Our plan is much bigger than to save a few forests. Allowing investors to buy just 0.1% of the planet’s forests will raise the price of the other 99.9%.

How does that work?

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What’s in a hectare?
More than just trees.

A hectare — 10 000 square meters, 2.47 acres, or 1.4 soccer fields — contains trees, lots of them. But it’s also an entire ecosystem of soil, water, weather, plants, and millions of critters that make the whole thing work. An average hectare in the Amazon contains:
7 228
species of animal (3 512 endangered)
2 250
species of plant (1 282 endangered)
tons of stored carbon
animal in relation to hectare

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Forestbase presents a rare opportunity to acquire a truly “Dark Green Asset” (we apply for SFDR Art. 9) that meets rigorous legal and compliance standards.
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We see massive value in untouched forests. By 2030, the idea of logging a forest will be as laughable as throwing away a Van Gogh painting and keeping the frame.

Carbon Credits
Carbon credits have been rising in value over the last two years, and we expect the carbon market to continue to rise as companies and funds are increasingly motivated (and mandated) to offset their CO2 output. Read about our expectations for the future carbon market.
Biodiversity Credits
Protecting primary forests generates much more than just carbon. The framework for measuring biodiversity is still being developed, but we expect more maturity after 2025, which is why we set aside a provision for the conservation of our forests for 10 years ahead to make sure we never run short in capacity. Read about our expectations for the future biodiversity market.
Increase in Market Value
It is our belief that forest prices have been artificially low because of administrative lockup. When we unlock the opportunity for millions of people and entities to bid on hectares of protected forest, we expect the price of forests worldwide to rise to their correct market value. Growing demand for a limited resource should cause the price to continue rising. So hang on to that Van Gogh.

Why should you trust us? You shouldn’t.

Anyone selling investment opportunities or saving the planet should be examined carefully. We do both, so we welcome your scrutiny. We have designed an acquisition model, conservation model, and social model that make this asset as clean, ethical, and protected as we deem feasible. The ambition is to bridge the gap between today and a truly sustainable economy which will take a few generations. We are transparent in our practices, and beyond rigorous in our research and oversight.
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