New agriculture fund to protect forests, too

Norway has pledged $100 million to a $400 million fund to protect five million hectares of forest and peatlands by 2020. The new fund, to be managed by the Dutch manager IDH, will invest in forest-rich countries to boost the productivity of farmers while protecting forests and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Unilever is the first corporate

Last large wild places on earth continue to shrink

And the size of the remaining intact forests globally has fallen by 7 percent since 2000, mostly due to the encroachment of agriculture and timber operations. Large swathes called “intact forest landscapes” contribute more to conservation by capturing carbon and supporting ecosystem diversity than smaller forest segments. Brazil recently pledged to restore 22 million hectares

Conservation investment reaches $8.2 billion

Climate Finance A couple years ago, environmentalists were excited that $5.1 billion had been invested in conservation efforts since 2004. The latest number: $8.2 billion, a 62 percent jump. A new report from Forest Trends also found that $3.1 billion committed for sustainable food and agriculture, habitat protection, clean water initiatives and other conservation projects

We’re riding on the Marrakech Express

Here’s a quick lesson in the climate jargon you’re going to be hearing for the next two weeks. “Marrakech,” as in Morocco, is shorthand for “COP22,” which is one more than COP21, the climactic conference in Paris last December that hammered out a global climate deal. That makes Marrakech the first “meeting of the parties” to

#Dealflow 6.8.16: Financing Farmers, Banking on Conservation, Investing in Education, and $123,456,789 for World-Positive Companies

We’re catching up on a busy few weeks in impact investing. Many of the funds and investors ImpactAlpha has been tracking are accelerating their dealmaking. Enjoy a full helping of Dealflow — and remember to send your own deals to info@impactalpha.com. Smallholder farmer finance in Indonesia. Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund completed its second investment in the

Corporate ‘Toilet Coalition’ Takes Care of Business of Sanitation

As the classic children’s book says, “Everyone poops.” That makes the global sanitation crisis an opportunity for top global corporations to deepen their relationship with an emerging class of global consumers and their own employees. The UN estimates that more than a third of the world’s population, or 2.5 billion people, lack basic sanitation services