GNF - Investments for Forest and Biodiversity Conservation

Investments for Forest and Biodiversity Conservation

Our current publications:


WaldInvest FactSheet - Investments in forest and biodiversity conservation (2022, 2 Pages, english)


Project Goals

The aim of the project is to provide a current overview and assessment of investments in forest and biodiversity conservation in order to inform financial market actors. Retail investors, (development) banks, companies, insurance companies and other market players should be supported in their efforts to change their actions. In the long term, this should lead to forest investments becoming more socially and ecologically sustainable and making a positive contribution to biodiversity conservation. The project makes it easier for retail investors to distinguish which offers are actually effective and sustainable. Within the project, providers discuss their challenges, also with regard to the new EU taxonomy. Recommendations regarding environmental and social sustainability will be developed. The recommendations are provided to policy makers in the field of sustainable finance.


Project Measures

First, GNF and OroVerde conduct a market analysis on current investment offers for forest and biodiversity conservation. The offers are examined based on criteria regarding their positive social and ecological effects as well as their risks. Individual investments are analyzed with the help of external expertise. The current market with the identified challenges will be discussed in the form of a round table with providers, political representatives and other financial market actors. In addition, recommendations for politics and providers will be developed. GNF and OroVerde will create a guide for financial market actors and disseminate it through webinars, an article, participation at events and further public relations.


Private and public capital flows have a significant impact on ecosystems and the climate. That these are brought in line with planetary boundaries in the future, especially the 2 degree target, is not only demanded by environmental organizations, but also by political initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the recently presented EU Green Deal aims to make the economic development of the EU more sustainable.


For several years, investments in green securities have gained in popularity. Part of the green stock market are forest funds and other financial investment products with a forest focus. However, these investment products often contribute little to forest and biodiversity conservation or even harm these goals. New environmental regulatory frameworks such as the EU taxonomy can provide transparency, but many financial market actors need support in dealing with the regulatory framework.


In 2014, GNF and OroVerde already prepared a study with a similar object of investigation. Until today, private persons and journalists are contacting us with questions. Due to the dynamic market situation, these questions can no longer be answered in a well-founded manner. An updated market research and an evaluation of the latest developments of the market shall offer orientation to financial market actors.

Contact Person

Steffen Kemper
Global Nature Fund – Office Bonn
Phone: +49 228 184 86 94 16

Project Partner:


 German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
 German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The project should make a concrete contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

 Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
 Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
 Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
 Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
 Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Project Period:


Project Partner:



April 2021 - March 2023


OroVerde - Tropical Forest Foundation


German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)