Conserving tropical forest while creating investment opportunities in sustainable forestry
Planting Empowerment has worked with rainforest communities since 2007 to create investment opportunities in sustainable forestry. The business model leverages financial markets, for both small-scale and large institutional investors, to reforest degraded land and promote the conservation of primary forest. Through leasing land and profit sharing, Planting Empowerment provides a reliable source of income to local communities. Timber securities have historically outperformed broad market returns, and the investment products are expected to generate a return on investment between 7.3% and 9.3%.
Planting Empowerment, a Panama-based business, uses financial markets to make the investment work for conservation and community development.
ASOADICO, a community-based organisation, promotes agroforestry and fosters sustainable community development in Arimaé through forest conservation.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), an international organisation, has supported the project from the inception and emulates lessons learned throughout the region.