Sustainable forestry investments
Arbaro Advisors GmbH is an investment advisory company with a combination of expertise in impact investing and forestry management, which enables them to select and develop sustainable forestry investments that maximize environmental, social, and economic benefits for all stakeholders.
RSCF is supporting Arbaro Advisors to develop the pipeline of projects of the Arbaro Fund, a private equity fund that invests in sustainable forestry in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. By establishing a renewable resource through sustainably managed, FSC-certified forest plantations, Arbaro provides significant climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits in its target countries.
Over its lifetime, Arbaro aims to contribute to sequestering up to 20 million tons of CO2, creating up to 5,000 new jobs and contributing to knowledge and skill development in the rural areas in which it operates. This combination of environmental and social benefits makes an Arbaro Fund investment a generator of positive impact on both a local and a global level while earning solid financial returns.
Agroforestry joint ventures with cooperatives
Ecotierra is a project developer and investment adviser to the Urapi Sustainable Land Use Fund. Ecotierra has over 20 years of experience implementing innovative land-use models that improve farmers’ revenues and livelihoods while restoring and protecting the ecosystems in which they produce.
The Urapi Fund aims to triple the household incomes of producers forming part of the cooperatives the Fund partners with. It is further anticipated that 200 jobs will be created and 25,000 hectares will be reforested through the Fund’s investments. Overall, the impact of the funded projects will lead to over 7 million tons in captured and reduced CO2 emissions.
RSCF is supporting Ecotierra to broaden the Urapi Fund’s investment scope of geographies and project types and accelerate the process of identification and development of investment opportunities with positive contributions to forest restoration.
Nature based investments
New Forests is a global investment manager of nature-based real assets and natural capital strategies with USD 6.85 billion of assets under management. New Forests manages a diversified portfolio of sustainable timber plantations and conservation areas, carbon and conservation finance projects, agriculture, timber processing and infrastructure.
RSCF is supporting New Forests to develop the pipeline of investments under the Tropical Asia Forestry Fund 2 (TAFF 2), which focuses on sustainable forest management in Southeast Asia. Through a dedicated impact tranche, the fund will further invest in activities that will enhance its positive climate, biodiversity and livelihood impacts.
Large scale nature based solutions
Shared Wood Company (SWC) is a French investment management company that sources, designs, and operates large-scale nature-based solutions projects in Africa, Latin America and Europe to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and rural poverty.
RSCF is supporting SWC in their development of investments focusing on forest & biodiversity conservation, sustainable restoration of degraded lands and sustainable forestry and agroforestry value chains. Through their operations, SWC aims to sequester or avoid carbon emissions equivalent to at least 40 million tons of CO2 equivalent, restore at least 40,000 ha land, protect 500,000 ha of endangered ecosystems and improve the livelihoods of an estimated 30,000 farmers.
Native species plantations and agroforestry
Campo Capital is a first-time impact fund manager, with extensive experience in structuring, developing and managing projects in the agricultural, forestry, alternative energy and rural development sectors. The agricultural and forestry projects currently under Campo Capital’s management have achieved the highest environmental production standards. The development of a new fund will allow Campo Capital to scale up its operations across agroforestry and forest conservation activities.
RSCF will support Campo Capital to develop the new 10-year Campo Capital Impact Fund, which has a fundraising target of USD 70 million to deploy in agroforestry and ecosystem conservation projects in Latin America across a 5-year investment period.
The Campo Capital Impact Fund aims to sequester more than 10 million tons of CO2 equivalent through its investments in native forestry species plantations that are expected to produce 1.5 M tons of timber and more 150 K tons of sustainable agricultural products. The fund intends to protect and conserve the diverse ecosystems in which it operates as well as providing employment opportunities for local communities.
Conserving and restoring biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon
Impact Earth is an impact fund manager dedicated to co-building the impact economy in the Amazon by investing in the future leaders of the market. Impact Earth focuses on catalysts for innovation to drive environmental and social impact at scale.
RSCF will support Impact Earth to develop the investment pipeline of ABF, which has a fund target size of USD 50 million to deploy to biodiversity-positive businesses across the Legal Amazon.
ABF invests in a diverse portfolio of reforestation, agroforestry and smallholder value chain businesses. RSCF’s support will enable Impact Earth to expand the pipeline of ABF’s investments and channel more funding to promising and impactful initiatives that promote new approaches to conserving biodiversity, addressing deforestation and climate risks and creating positive socio-economic and well-being outcomes for local communities in the Legal Amazon.