Pursuing the recognition of nature's intrinsic value

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

01We acquire threatened 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 array of land, commit to extensive legal and administrative work, and have a physical presence in the region. Forestbase does all of this legwork. We acquire intact primary forests and conduct a thorough legal, biological, and ownership history review, all of which we then have audited 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 market its ecosystem services.
On the acquired forests, we'll develop carbon avoidance and removal projects and bring carbon credits to market. And we have exposure to not just carbon, but to all ecosystem services. Biodiversity is now being established while others, such as water, soil integrity and pollination are to follow. If applicable, due diligence on the eligibility of carbon and other ecosystem services is to be conducted before choosing to acquire the forest.
03We turn it into a tradable asset.
In a later phase it is our ambition to make it easy to buy and sell forest hectares held for investment purposes. Therefore, we turn the forest hectares into a tradable security: an investor share of our Swiss Natural Infrastructure Company that represents the economic value of a single hectare of forest on the ground. The Swiss Natural Infrastructure Company will have the same amount of investor shares as there are marketable hectares of forest in its underlying assets, creating a tangible financial asset.

At this time, these investor shares in our Swiss Natural Infrastructure Company are brought to market by Forestbase via private placement, and are exclusively available to qualified investors. The shares will qualify as 'Dark Green Assets' (SFDR Art.9). You are able to tailor your forest investment to your portfolio size, and will able to sell your investor shares upon the successful listing of the Swiss Natural Infrastructure Company on a stock exchange.
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, our expectation is that 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. We expect that by allowing investors to conserve just 0.1% of the planet's forests, the price of the other 99.9% will rise.

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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
Water cleaning
Water purification & distribution
animal in relation to hectare
Backed by Investors
"Forestbase is one of those remarkable startups that has the potential to bring about real change in the way we value and protect nature. Their scalable business model, combined with an incredible team, is set to make a significant impact at the intersection of finance and nature conservation."

Alex Gibb | Partner at Katalista Ventures
"It's crucial to understand the heart of a problem before building any solutions. Forestbase has thoroughly figured out why deforestation occurs and how to avoid conservation pitfalls. I stand behind the disruptive solution they are building. Incremental climate solutions simply won't cut it anymore."

Loic Amado | Co-Founder at Ambo Ventures

We see massive intrinsic value in untouched forests. The idea of logging a forest will be as laughable as throwing away a Van Gogh painting and keeping the frame.

Carbon & biodiversity credits
In the medium to long-term we expect the carbon credit market to continue to rise as corporates and funds are increasingly motivated (and mandated) to decrease their CO2 output.

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.

Learn more about our credits.
Or read about our expectations for the future carbon & biodiversity market.
Increase in market value
It is our belief that forest prices have been artificially low because of administrative lockup. When we finally unlock the opportunity for both the public and organisations worldwide to invest in hectares of protected forest, we expect the price of forests worldwide to rise to their correct market value. So hang on to that Van Gogh.
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Why should you trust us blindly?
You shouldn’t.

Anyone offering investment opportunities or claiming to contribute to saving planetary life 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 our assets 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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