WHAT IS IISF?
As a proud leader in the field of Impact Investing for Sustainable Forestry (IISF), EcoForests actively manages and finances our forestland to combine social and environmentally beneficial practices with profitable growth for our investors.
“There are ecological limits to economic growth and development”
Our Environmental Mandate
We are proud to report that the majority of our managed forestland is overwhelmingly in the growing stage. With over 5,000 hectares under current management, less than 10% is currently harvested. 30% of our plantations are protected forest areas and protected water wells. Environmentally sustainable forestry practices such as carbon sequestration, rejuvenation of soil minerals, and improving Flora and Fauna are all used in all of our operations as a reflection of our deep environmental commitment.
While optimizing the use of natural resources (water, in particular) and reducing the impact of agricultural inputs, we comply with various important environmental certifications such as GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) and local endorsement of environmental ministries, in addition we voluntarily engage with independent auditors to ensure that we achieve our targets.
Through expert management combined with a deep commitment to Impact Investing principles, EcoForests consistently delivers growth to our investors and environmental benefits to our forestlands.
Our Social Mandate
Though fostering employment opportunities in rural communities, to offering training and education to our partner communities, the positive societal impact of our operations continues to grow. EcoForests is proud to give back 5% of our invested assets to the communities in which we operate. This symbiotic relationship has translated into wide-scale infrastructure improvements, assistance in building schools and playgrounds, and donations of computers and other educational items to local schools. Through our employment initiatives, gender equality is paramount and has been an important focus of our operations.
We are proud to announce the launch of our new CSR investment vehicle for large companies seeking strong positive environmental impact from their investments. For companies looking to meet their CSR commitments, or establish new CSR initiatives, these forestry conservation investments are tailored to the specific needs of the business. Our diverse and flexible offerings allow partner companies to choose from various types of timber plantations across Latin America.
Companies can expect approximately 2-3% returns, while making significant contributions to the environment that are needed now more than ever. Through sustainable planting, carbon sequestration, improvement of flora and fauna in the forestland, and economic and educational improvements in host communities, these CSR sustainable forestry investments deliver strong impact.
OUR FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
Through Impact Investing, it has been proven time and time again that environmental and social responsibilities and strong financial performance are not mutually exclusive. As part of our commitment to these responsibilities, we carefully select our projects not only based on economic criteria but also based on their ecological and social potential.
(There are) four pathways to achieve (the Paris Agreement Goal) 1.5C, with different combinations of land use and technological change. Reforestation is essential to all of them.