The Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace and a set of diverse partners including the Moore Foundation recently released the 2016 edition of the State of Private Investment in Conservation Report that assesses and analyzes this growing trend of investments in the environment that lead to both financial and environmental returns.
This 2016 report builds on the first Investing in Conservation report which was issued in 2014. This year's report finds the conservation investment market continues to grow, and investigators targeting this space are seeking more investment opportunities than they can find.
The Moore Foundation’s Dan Winterson served on the advisory committee for the reports and also recently co-authored an article for GreenBiz that highlights information from the 2016 report. Read the GreenBiz story (excerpt below) here: "The state of private investment in conservation."
“Economists and businesses traditionally have viewed most natural resources as raw material inputs. To have ultimate value, these resources generally need to be processed, developed or otherwise modified. Recent years have seen investors asserting that the conservation of these resources has demonstrable financial value as well.”
See additional coverage on the report from Fast Company and Forbes:
Investors are Pouring Money Into Conservation Efforts (It's Actually a Great Investment)
Good and Bad News for Conservation Startups and Investors