We work with the finance sector, government, academia, environmental NGOs and land managers to identify and unlock barriers to this mission, and act as a knowledge hub on private investment in nature to increase shared learning, best practices and investment appetite.
Bank of Ireland Woodland Nature Credits
Bank of Ireland acted as arranger on €2 million of Woodland Nature Credits sold to insurance group AXA. The Credit value is derived from carbon sequestration, biodiversity uptick and amenity provision. The Credits are aligned to the EU taxonomy and the Non-Financial Reporting Directive, as well as the upcoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), and will result in the reforestation and afforestation of 200 hectares across Ireland, identified and managed by The Nature Trust.
Aardpeer Retail Bonds for Sustainable Farming Transition
Aardpeer tackles the challenge of increased land prices by working with farmers to lease agricultural land that will enable them to transition to sustainable and nature-friendly farming. The land is acquired by Ardpeer and leased to farmers at affordable rates over a long-term (up to seven generations). Other support is offered to farmers. The land acquisition is funded through foundations and a retail bond issued by Stichting BD Grondbeheer. Some €10 million has been issued to date.