ECOLOGICAL AND NATURAL CAPITAL ENHANCEMENTS

Our Ecological and Natural Capital Enhancements work helps existing fund managers, property owners and investors in the UK to take positive action on existing ‘natural assets’ to increase natural capital with both ESG and financial-return objectives.

The United Kingdom is in the midst of an historic shortage of woodlands. Intensive agriculture, development in the green belt, and a focus on purely commercial forestry have left the countryside empty of its natural woodland. Those native woodlands that are left provide a home for a huge range of wildlife as well as storing carbon, improving air quality, and providing opportunities for recreation.

In recognition of their importance, the UK Government has committed to increasing woodland cover from 10% to 12% by 2060, but it’s not clear who is going pay. At the same time, there is growing interest from the public and from private companies in ‘green investments’ – where funds are invested in opportunities that support or provide environmentally friendly products and practices.

Given these issues, the Lifescape Project is working with experts from Clifford Chance and AECOM to design investment opportunities to restore and protect native woodlands and natural ecosystems. This includes working with existing investors, landowners and fund managers to advise on positive action which can be taken to enhance the ecology of sites, with the objective of measurably increasing the natural capital of those sites. This can support both ESG objectives and increased financial returns. Our objective is to assist others in raising entire investment funds, with capital raised to be invested into profitable rewilding projects.

The project is led by Adam Eagle, the Lifescape Project’s Chief Executive Officer. If you want to learn more about this exciting project you can get in touch with Adam at adam.eagle@lifescapeproject.org

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