forestLAB is our Group’s research and innovation hub, which aims to identify new ways to unlock social, environmental and financial value for our development programmes. Through forestLAB we hope to foster new solutions, techniques and financing structures to advance conservation-led development and integrated land rights.

The unique value proposition of ForestLAB is its ability to convene best in class specialist expertise across diverse disciplines to answer complex developmental questions in a holistic way that can be applied in the real world. We have forged an initial collaboration with The University of Stirling and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics to conduct scientific research related to our ten principal areas of focus:  

  • Natural capital measurement and valuation
  • Environmental finance and economics
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Natural resource management
  • Conservation-based tourism
  • Socio-economic development
  • Sustainable development planning
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

We believe the discoveries that flow from forestLAB will catalyse new sustainable ventures and help reallocate capital towards operating models that help build global resilience. We hope that our longitudinal partnership with leading academic institutions will help build traction with policymakers and business leaders to ensure the practical application of forestLAB’s findings.