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As a central resource for climate change mitigation and the global water cycle, the Amazon rainforest is vital for planetary sustainability. Toward this end, we support research to develop networks and educational resources for investors and allies.
In April, 2020, we published an article on Investing in Amazon Rainforest Conservation (original Mongabay article here), sought nominations of allied impact investors and philanthropies, and began to map key actors in the space.
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In September, 2020, we published our first website at www.amazoninvestor.org
As we deepen our study to help bring more knowledge and risk capital to the region, we will pursue the following Four Part Approach:
1) Investment Opportunity: To help advance forest-friendly economic development, we will publish a study of current investing and strategies to accelerate future investment-ready opportunities.
2) Rule of Law: To help ensure security and a healthy legal environment, we will survey charitable investments in rule-of-law activities to identify gaps and guide future philanthropy.
3) Carbon Market & Ecosystem Service Payment Innovation: To help improve forest conservation, we will explore how new policies, technologies and partnerships can scale monitoring and financing.
4) Investor Education: We will bring our findings and publications to the capital markets through partnerships with leading investor networks and the design of new financial products.
This effort serves as a partnership platform for the UN 75 Global Governance Forum process and informs multiple international programs.
Preliminary Findings about Regional Investors: Most of the 30+ investment funds and intermediaries we reviewed online were created in the 2000s and cited concerns about climate change in their materials. Nearly a quarter were subsidized by government resources while 85% were international or global in scope. Ten originated from North America, thirteen from Europe and the rest from South America. They collectively invest in diverse areas ranging from agriculture and ecotourism to reforestation and carbon market ventures. Noticeably absent were investments in responsible mining, biotech, or other technologies that could especially benefit the region like soil remediation or livestock innovation. No investors seemed to have projects in Bolivia, French Guiana or Venezuela but all other countries of the Amazon biome were represented. While information on fund sizes was limited there were noticeable gaps at the low and medium ranges. The smallest fund with public investment numbers reported a $15 million USD raise with the next tier coming in at $100 million USD. This suggests that small investments and mid-range investments are hard to come by. Finally, we noticed that several of the newer funds seemed to exhibit lengthy delays between setting up shop and making their first investments.
Partial list of Amazon rainforest sustainability investors, philanthropies and intermediaries that were nominated for our survey
(Please note that inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement of the GGPN.)
Nominated Impact Investors and Intermediaries
12 Tree Finance
Alimi Impact Ventures
Althelia Biodiversity Fund Brazil
Amazonia Impact Ventures
CAF Development Bank of Latin America
Climate & Forest Capital
Earth Innovation Institute
Encourage Capital Mangue Strategy
Fondo de las Américas
Forestry and Climate Change Fund
Global Environment Fund
LXG Reforestry Fund
Marfrig Sustainable Beef Bond
Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund
Partnership for Forests
Responsible Commodities Facility
SITAWI Finance for Good
Socio-Climate Benefits Fund
Terra Global Capital
Urapi Sustainable Land Use
Nominated Grantmakers and Intermediaries
Amazon Aid Foundation
Amazon Andes Fund
Amazon Emergency Fund
Avatar Alliance Foundation
Bezos Earth Fund
Blue Oak foundation
Brazil Foundation Amazon Fund
Cassiopeia Foundation / Blue Moon Fund
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Climate and Land Use Alliance
Climate Leadership Initiative
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Dieter Morszeck Stiftung
Edwards Mother Earth Foundation
Environmental Defense Fund
Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial
Fundação Amazonas Sustentável
Fundação Grupo Boticário
German Government Ministry for the Environment
Global Greengrants Fund
Global Philanthropist Circle
Global Wildlife Conservation
Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets
Good Energies Foundation / Porticus
Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas
Horizont 3000/Climate Alliance
Instituto Clima e Sociedade
Instituto Coca-Cola Brasil
Instituto Moreira Salles
International Sustainability Unit
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Leonardo diCaprio Foundation
Linden Trust for Conservation
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Martin Family Foundation
Norwegan Government International Climate and Forest Initiative
Open Society Foundations
Rainforest Journalism Fund
Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust
SOS Amazonia / Fundo Brasil
The Nature Conservancy
USAID Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity
Wild Woods Foundation
World Wildlife Fund
Wyss Campaign for Nature
World Bank Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program