Delivering environmental and financial returns through restoration.
Restoring degraded land provides environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and improved water and air quality. Restoration is crucial to mitigate climate change and is also a key strategy to improve food security and support livelihoods.
While restoration has been primarily funded through public finance from governments in the past, this source of money is insufficient in the long run. It’s important for the private sector to be involved in restoration, and this requires that restoration deliver a financial return. That’s where The New Restoration Economy—part of the Global Restoration Initiative at WRI—comes in.
We’re working to make restoration profitable and capable of attracting private investment. By making the economic case for restoration, we seek to catalyze an industry with the potential to deliver significant financial, environmental, and social returns.
The New Restoration Economy (NRE) is anchored around three pillars:
Business: NRE is identifying the business models that can enable restoration enterprises—both large and small—to scale. We are focused on innovative models that are profitable and impactful.
Finance: NRE is working to increase private investment in restoration by fostering a pipeline of investable projects, expanding the investor base, and researching financial mechanisms that can support restoration.
Economics & Policy: NRE is quantifying the employment and economic output generated by restoration. These analyses are important to mobilize support from governments.