WHY IS ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTING IMPORTANT?
As the population rises, there is an increased pressure on the world’s environmental resources. Unsustainable harvesting of the world’s forest has led to the exploitation of plant and animal species. Carbon emissions are created at an alarming rate, with disregard for the necessity of reforestation to offset these emissions, resulting in ecological concerns for future generations.
It is estimated that only 21% of the world’s native forests remain intact with almost 50% completely lost. Today, less than 5% of the world’s forests are plantations.
Despite the significant loss of native forestland, the demand for timber and other wood products continues to rise, increasing the need for sustainable, ethical plantations that are managed with long-term outlooks.
Agricultural Commodity Growth and Loss of Forest Area (1990 – 2010)
INVESTING WITH IMPACT
Impact Investments are continuing to be a growing portion of savvy investor portfolios that seek to make a positive difference in the world, while generating positive financial returns. Environmental initiatives that were previously used as corporate social responsibility activities and reputational marketing now offer the potential for profits.
Increased pressure for governments to protect their indigenous plant and animal life and preserve their native forests will lead to sustainable forest management becoming an increasing portion of the industry. Community development and biodiversity appeal to the investor that is concerned with more than just returns and unlimited growth.
EcoForests looks to empower investors with an opportunity to invest in something worthwhile, impactful and profitable.