Investment in Forest Restoration Utilizing Planted Forests
The FAO projects that consumption of primary wood products will increase 37% by 2050. Today, planted forests represent approximately 7% of global forest area, provide nearly half the world’s supply of industrial roundwood, and are poised to expand along with growing global demand. What are the risks and opportunities for new investment in planted forests to also support forest restoration, landscape function, and resilience? How might growing investor interest in climate-positive investment also drive positive outcomes for nature and communities?
Mark Wishnie - Chief Sustainability Officer, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group
Mark heads BTG’s Landscape Capital and provides overall leadership on sustainability policy and performance for the BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group (TIG). Mark previously led the Global Forestry program at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and before joining TNC, led Portfolio Management, Portfolio Analytics, and Research at TIG. Mark was a Founder and Managing Director of Equator, LLC and its Brazilian subsidiary, TTG Brasil Investimentos Florestais Ltda, which was acquired by BTG Pactual in 2012. Prior to his work with Equator, Mark led reforestation research for the Smithsonian Institution and served as Program Director for the Yale Tropical Resources Institute. Mark currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Forests Dialogue at Yale University and as an external adviser to the Climate-smart Forest Economy Program of the Good Energies Foundation and to the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House. Mark’s research has been published in scientific journals such as Forest Ecology and Management, Conservation Biology and The Annual Review of Anthropology. Mark received his B.S. in Forestry from the University of Washington and his Master of Forest Science from Yale University.