We stabilise the legal-financial format in which rainforest is held while embracing the social realities locally.
Firstly, only the most stable land titles are qualified. Our legal and sourcing team has developed the Land Tenure Stability Index (LTSI), our own proprietary methodology. Only 1% out of pools of hundreds of forestland offers are selected for due diligence. We then fully regularise these land titles and ensure complete documentation before buying. Expropriation risks can be lowered to European levels (or beyond) while threats such as land grabbing drop substantially.
We adopt the preventive model of conservation where neighbouring communities are immediately and closely involved. Positive social impact, of a long term character, is a must. Think of local employment, stakeholder benefit sharing and financial empowerment of local land owners. Find more info on our impact page.
The shares and thus investment is Swiss-based as opposed to a direct emerging market investment. We further spread risk through diversifying the land titles we acquire across several countries. In addition, we build a reserve where for every 100.000ha we put aside 10.000ha for extra stability. And in the unlikely event that the underlying asset does not perform, it can be sold and replaced.