Is it possible to recover lands through impact investment? Improving nature-based solutions for climate, soil, water, and food security

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Maria Otávia Crepaldi, Eric Mifune, Aldo Labaki, Marcio Sztutman, Gustavo Luz, Juliana Vilhena, Simony Stachera, Bia Marchiori, Tiago de Oliveira Godinho, Patricia Daros

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Most part of the investments made in the recovery of native vegetation follows a logic of command and control or grants, with continued need for financing. A new paradigm of investment in agroforestry business models, with focus on positive socioenvironmental impact, has emerged as the missing element for change the scenario. In 2020, Palladium Brazil supported Fundo Vale to search business models based on the intentional creation of value of recovered areas, designed on a commercially viable and financially sustainable market opportunity. We developed a methodology for pipeline generation, considering the socio-environmental impact and the economic return of each initiative. We assessed almost 60 initiatives that could recover areas with different productive and institutional arrangements, to create a business plan for the recovery of 100,000 ha of degraded areas (beyond Vale’s operational borders in Brazil) through positive socio-environmental impact businesses. We selected 15 with potential to recover over 300 thousand hectares by 2030, distributed in silvopastoral systems (~ 100 thousand ha), agroforestry (~ 100 thousand ha), silvicultural (~ 30 thousand ha) and 65 thousand ha of these three categories. As a proof of concept, more than a thousand hectares of different arrangements were implemented. With this investment of US$ 1.07 billion, were estimated a potential removal of 1.2 t CO2e per year, the planting of more than 50 native species and the generation of more than 40 thousand annual direct job positions, demonstrating it is possible to recover areas with positive economic and social impacts.

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