Why is Althelia Climate Fund investing in sustainable land-use?
Nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions arise from deforestation and forest degradation (and this rises to nearly one-third when agricultural is included). By comparison this is more than what is emitted from the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector.
It is recognised that action on forest destruction is mission-critical if society is to reach the target of limiting future global temperature rises to 2º Celsius. Forest carbon offers a source of high quality assets that combine high economic efficiency with significant social and environmental co-‐benefits, such as poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation.
As part of Althelia’s mission-driven approach to achieve transformational impact investing, all investments in the portfolio will deliver positive outcomes from the standpoint of both local communities and biodiversity, and priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate 3 multiple benefits including those in the areas of poverty alleviation, alternative livelihoods and the conservation of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
” With estimates for required finance to decrease deforestation by half by 2020 and bring it to a halt by 2030 range from USD 20-35 billion per year, the challenge will require cooperation between the public and private sector.”
- Christian del Valle, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer