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INFOGRAPHIC: Four Ways to Make Money in Land Restoration

This  WRI infographic shows the major revenue streams from restored land:

  1. Wood: Larger trees are often used for timber in construction, while smaller trees are used for pulp and paper. Parts of trees such as branches are consumed as fuelwood to produce energy
  2. Non-wood forest products: This is a growing category that includes all forest products that are not wood, such as fruits, cacao, nuts, feed for animals, essential oils, etc.
  3. Crops and livestock: Restoring degraded agricultural land improves its productivity, enhancing crop yields and sustaining livestock
  4. Tourism: A beautiful landscape creates lucrative opportunities for nature and wildlife tourism and has a multiplier effect on the local economy

These four markets are shown in the infographic. Also, new markets are developing rapidly for the many services that restored landscapes provide, such as carbon storage and improved water quality.

About: The New Restoration Economy is working to make restoration commercially viable and capable of attracting investment. We seek to foster an industry that can deliver compelling environmental and financial value. This will shift more private resources into restoration, enabling activities to scale more rapidly.

NRE’s work is anchored around three pillars:

  • Business: NRE is identifying the business models that can enable entrepreneurs and businesses in the restoration space to scale. We are focused on innovation and impact.
  • Finance: NRE is working to increase private investment in restoration through multiple fronts. Capital needs will rise as the industry grows.
  • Policy: To foster an enabling environment for restoration, NRE will develop policies that can unlock barriers to scale and incentivize private investments in restoration.