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 the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, based out of the London School of Economics (LSE) to conduct scientific research related to our key areas of focus:
- Conservation-based tourism
- Natural capital Development capital markets and environmental finance
- Sustainable agriculture
- Sustainable forestry
- Infrastructure development
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.