The future of responsible forestry investing depends on how successfully the asset class can feature in the mainstream debates that are likely to shape the responsible investment universe in the coming years. Important questions to consider include:
- Do certification requirements need to evolve, such as in relation to carbon footprints or generating positive impact?
- Can an appropriate price be placed on carbon or the concept of natural capital so that different types of forestry investment for conservation appeal more to institutional investors?
- Can forestry managers respond to emission trading schemes by developing products that are attractive to investors and meet scientific standards that demonstrate their carbon impact?
- What is the right balance to strike between seeking more land for afforestation and reforestation purposes, and the need to meet broader social and economic development goals (such as agricultural land use to meet food supply requirements, or general business activities)?
- How can forestry investors measure and report on the impact of their investments in relation to the SDGs, thereby becoming an integral part of the mainstream impact investing conversation?
Addressing these issues will require input from a range of stakeholders, particularly forestry investors and managers themselves, governments and policy makers, and potentially groups such as non-governmental organisations and other forestry industry players. This could include:
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