Ecology

We engage in conservation-only projects in order to protect ecosystems. This way we can ensure minimal disruption of biodiversity, water cycles, oxygen production, pollination, genetics, flood-, heatwave- and erosion control, and so on. All intrinsically intertwined, vital to sustain life on earth, and mostly irreparable if destroyed.

Of course, carbon is also stored. Halting deforestation of primary rainforests is a crucial, immediate and low-cost solution for climate change mitigation and meeting our net-zero goals.

However, we go way beyond protecting only our own forests. Read about our global impact below.

Social

Getting to grips with the social imperatives around nature conservation is essential for mid to long term success. Though, it needs to be said: achieving actual positive social impact is incredibly difficult. A case-by-case approach with on-the-field presence, preventive involvement and permanent dialogue are an absolute must to begin with.

We can't unilaterally decide what all the social benefits are yet. That is to be co-decided with the people who are actually impacted. For now, only the following commitments can be made.

Local employment
For our conservation efforts we hire locally from surrounding communities. We train people and offer them better and more stable conditions than logging business offers. Annually, when the conservation has proven successful, an additional bonus is to be distributed accordingly.
Stakeholder benefit sharing
Local stakeholder benefit sharing between 15-20% in the form of direct infrastructural support can be applied. Think of roads, bridges, satellite internet for communication and online education, solar-powered transport, medical capacity, and so on.
NGOs
Local negotiations and the management of the conservation companies will come with the involvement and local leadership of reliable NGOs
Land regularisation
If relevant and necessary, we can assist surrounding land owners in securing a higher degree of legal certainty on their land. After all, this is in-house knowledge.
Land valuation increase
Our model is designed to unlock a public and much higher price/ha than today for the primary forests we buy. By result this boosts the valuation of the surrounding land enabling considerable financial empowerment of local land owners and their families. Ownership of valuable assets in turn creates new economic opportunities.


Approximately 50% of the revenue from bringing the ecosystem services to market stays within the rainforest country of origin.

Global

Predicting macro-effects for the future is delicate. From a disruptive economics standpoint, however, succeeding in our mission to create a publicly visible price/ha on the stock exchange should have the potential for profound and systemic change on a global scale.

Protecting nature
By creating a publicly visible price per hectare all owners of primary forests around the globe can use this as a benchmark to upvalue their own price. Eventually, the model of agrobusiness and mining, where forest is bought to gain from its extraction and destruction, would no longer make economic sense. In short, the natural value of nature exceeds its extractive value, making rainforest conservation the most profitable business case.
Systemic financial empowerment
All owners of rainforest can start using our higher and publicly visible price/ha to reassess the value of their land. This way many millions of small owners, indigenous communities, but also the government itself can become financially stronger. And in turn, ownership of valuable assets enables new economic opportunities.
Reducing social costs of clearing
Those countries rich in rainforest today seek to boost employment while making short term gains through deforestation. With this strategy, however, they are guaranteed long term cumulative losses, while large scale agriculture as an emancipation dream no longer works. For the countries of origin the opportunity cost of clearing forests today is immense (e.g. $317Bn/year in Brazil, cfr. World Bank report ).
Reducing damage to global economy
Not only the countries of origin are deeply affected by deforestation. The indirect impact on our global economy is vast. 70% of South America’s entire GDP is produced in regions that receive rain from the Amazon. Its destruction threatens our entire food security. Globally, more than 1.6 billion people are directly dependent on forests for food. More broadly, over half of the world's GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services.

SDGs

We contribute to 9 of the 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out by the United Nations.