May 22, 2015 Admin

Immersive lab at Milan Expo channeling $1bn into land restoration

Agri Investor reported on the Lab event we have planned in Milan to start discussions around a $1 billion grassland restoration fund.  The wider aim of the project Future Ready Now is to be working on the restoration of 1 billion hectares of degraded grasslands globally by 2025. This incubation stage of a project will attract high-profile celebrities to a launch gala event on Sep 19 (date changed) followed by three days of meetings of the so-called Investors Co-design Lab.

A linear investment model based on securities trading alone cannot foster a circular economy!
Tim McDonald, The Capital Institute

This “immersive” lab is expected to be a meeting of between 30 to 40 people including large landowners, long-term capital such as pension funds and insurers, family offices, conservation organisations including the Nature Conservancy and the Savory institute, wool trade organisations and clothing brands interested in sourcing sustainable wool and materials for their products.

The lab will focus on how to invest into the restoration of grasslands as a means to sequester carbon, improve water retention, increase resilience to climate change and improve food production “From organising this event, we have discovered that there are some very large fund managers that are already working on pooling capital together for this purpose,” said Aleks Blumentals, partner at Aurora. “There is one group looking at restoring 12 million hectares a year which would translate into investments in the $1.5 billion to $2 billion range.” This is the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund which will be presented at the Global Landscapes Forum in London in June.

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