Unsustainable agriculture and land use across Asia are leading causes of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions. USAID Green Invest Asia helps agriculture and forestry businesses in Southeast Asia improve their sustainable commodity production and manage environmental risks. Green Invest Asia matches companies with a network of financial institutions and investors looking for environmentally and socially friendly, profitable land-use businesses.
This final podcast of 2022 features Lestari Capital’s CEO Michal Zrust on market-based demand for conservation, and how corporates are collectively meeting climate goals through the conservation outcome purchasing mechanism Rimba Collective.
Palm oil buyers and processors collectively support long-term, sustainable forest conservation and restoration through this mechanism, which aims to collect US$1 billion to protect or restore 500,000 hectares of forest, supporting 32,000 individuals in forest communities in Southeast Asia, over 30 years, starting in Indonesia. Lestari Capital overseas these investments, which are channeled to conservation projects; contributions are correlated directly with procurement volumes.
Learn more about the Lestari Capital x USAID Green Invest Asia podcast, a monthly podcast that brings you the inside story on sustainable land use investments in Southeast Asia—what’s working, what’s not, and the green areas in between.