Trillion Trees Guide to Investing in Forest Restoration

The world is at a decision point; the planet is heating up, the vital biodiversity that protects and connects life on the planet is crashing, and the risk for economic instability for millions of people is increasing. These challenges are interconnected, and forests can provide a vital nature-based solution to help address this triple challenge. Forests are not the only solution, but we can’t succeed without them.

This tool is intended to provide practical guidance for private, corporate, and institutional organisations to better understand the key indicators of good forest restoration – and a good investment – that delivers positive social, biodiversity and climate impacts.

We are grateful to the support of many others across the forest sector who have supported this work, especially Nature4Climate who are developing a complementary tool and online platform that takes this further to help project investors and developers design high-impact restoration and tree growing programmes.

Andrew Kirkby

You scored out of 27

Decision to invest should be based on matching investor and initiative objectives, and on verification of the methods for validating delivery. Likely that initiatives in this range will focus on a single benefit and have limited capacity to deliver against the triple challenge.

Investment may deliver some co-benefits, though limited in scope. The initiative has demonstrated commitment to indicators that are relevant to forests that work for people, nature and/or the climate, by providing evidence of impact and accountability.

Investment likely to deliver benefits that offer measurable progress on a substantial number of indicators addressing the triple challenge. The initiative has demonstrated commitment to the majority of key indicators in evidence, data, sustained impact and accountability.

Investment highly likely to deliver benefits that deliver significant progress on substantial number of indicators addressing the triple challenge. The initiative has demonstrated a high degree of commitment to most indicators in evidence, data, sustained impact and accountability.

Investment highly likely to deliver substantially against the triple challenge. The initiative has demonstrated sector-leading commitment to key indicators in evidence, data, sustained impact and accountability to support forests that work for people, nature and the climate.

Good for people

Good for biodiversity

Good for the climate