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The Forest for the Trees: How science can help the forestry industry combat climate change and biodiversity loss

Andrew Tingley July 13, 2022

As investors increasingly seek tangible climate and environmental contributions in addition to financial returns, natural climate solutions are emerging as a crucial tool to help combat the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. Improving the management of timberland in particular opens a huge opportunity to maximize the positive impact of a widely held financial asset class.

Timberland is a fundamental component of our economy – producing essential lumber and paper products – that can inherently support benefits like carbon sequestration, habitat protection, and water quality. By applying new, science-driven approaches to protecting, restoring and sustainably managing these forests, the entire industry can be reshaped toward climate and biodiversity action at scale and illuminate similar opportunities for other asset classes.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Accelerate Climate Action


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Purpose: explore different but aligned perspectives on large-scale projects that can serve as a model for the forestry industry and a signal to investors of the opportunities to achieve both impact and financial returns. Outcomes: create inspiration for new ways in which science can be applied to traditional investments and accelerate change.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameDr. Cat Burns
  • TitleManaging Director, Impact Management, NatureVest
  • OrganizationThe Nature Conservancy
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMark Wishnie
  • TitleHead of Landscape Capital and Chief Sustainability Officer
  • OrganizationBTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group
  • StatusConfirmed
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