This innovative public-private partnership has the potential to accelerate much needed forest restoration work on public and private lands across the United States.
The FRB presents an unparalleled opportunity for investors seeking stable returns and environmental impact and for the US Forest Service, state governments, and large utilities to sustainably fund restoration today to avoid catastrophe and costs tomorrow.
Aging and stressed, America’s water infrastructure is facing a $1 trillion investment gap over the next 25 years. The World Resources Institute and partners recently released a timely report detailing solutions to fill this gap. But all potential solutions demonstrate the need for like-minded coalitions to take an integrated, systems-level approach to address incentive gaps and develop financing solutions.
Supported by a 2016 Conservation Innovation Grant from the National Resources Conservation Service, the American Forest Foundation, Blue Forest Conservation, and the World Resources Institute, have partnered to develop a new public-private partnership and financial instrument, called the Forest Resilience Bond, that aligns market incentives to restore key watersheds before the next fire strikes.