Investing in Peatlands

Adopting a landscape approach to investing in peatlands


This paper details the importance of strategically investing in the conservation and restoration of peatlands, illuminating the wide-ranging positive impacts of such investments for climate, nature, local communities and investors.

Private sector involvement in peatland investment is in its early stages, necessitating efforts to quantify returns and establish the necessary investment infrastructure to attract institutional investors. The report highlights the importance of adopting a landscape approach, which provide the potential to leverage blended finance, attract private sector investment and through these mechanisms, enable scalability and the potential for multiple co-benefits. By aligning investments with global environmental objectives, exploring emerging markets, and collaborating with stakeholders, investors can contribute significantly to the transformative impact of peatland restoration and protection.


Who is this report for?


Developed collaboratively by experts from 15 organisations including Landscape Finance LabClimate Catalyst and WaterLANDS, this publication is an essential read for anyone interested in the strategic investment opportunity presented by peatlands, especially investors seeking a combination of environmental, social and/or financial returns. In addition, the publication offers useful insights to landscape developers designing their projects with private investment in mind.

Rannoch Moor, Scotland (C) Derek Fergusson


Key messages

  • Peatlands are crucial natural climate solutions, serving as significant carbon stores and sinks, making their protection and regeneration essential for environmental balance.
  • Both public and private sectors need to coordinate efforts to halt peatland degradation and destruction, with untapped investment opportunities available in peatland protection and restoration.
  • Investment in peatlands is urgently needed to address the nature and climate emergency, as highlighted by the Global Peatlands Initiative Coordinator, offering multiple returns for climate, people, and the planet.


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Publisher: Landscape Finance Lab

Language: English

Year: 2023

Ecosystem(s): Wetlands and Peatlands

Location(s): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America

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