We serve investors and managers in natural resources, providing research on 6 sectors: Agriculture, Energy, Forestry, Metals/Mining, Water and Ecosystems/Conservation.
We focus on the developing world for opportunities in real assets, private equity, infrastructure. We publish content from many perspectives with Commentary, Reports and Videos.
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Providing for the world's needs for food, energy, water and basic materials is the greatest challenge - and investment opportunity - of our time.
D. Michael Adams
Founder & Editor
This is why we created Natural Assets: To be a research forum that helps drive private capital and responsible management to resources in the developing world.
As a Research Partner for the PRI Initiative, we curate reports, videos and commentary on resource investing from a wide variety of perspectives. Our investment focus is real assets, infrastructure and private equity.
Our vision is one where investors, industry and local communities have their interests aligned in healthy partnerships. If you share that vision, please get in touch so we can include your stories here.
Nestle shows how to reduce land conflicts in its supply chain
14 October 2014, Geneva
By D. Michael Adams
At UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum in Geneva today, we heard from Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe about the Swiss food multinational’s policies for rural development and responsible sourcing. Nestle’s Rural Development Framework (RDF) was published in December 2012 and has been rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire, China and Vietnam.
Food doesn't grow in Silicon Valleys
By Rufo Quintavalle, Private Investor
We are living through multiple and simultaneous environmental crises of an unprecedented gravity—climate change, resource depletion, overpopulation, water stress, oceanic acidification, deforestation, and biodiversity loss. These crises coalesce in food production...
Why Agriculture Investing is not a Lottery
By Marc Sadler, Leader of Risk Management & Markets Practice, AES, The World Bank
The Next Economy
By Tompkins Conservation
See how one private investor takes good business thinking and clear vision into South American land conservation on a large scale.
Agriculture: Investing in Agribusiness
By Geoff Tyler & Grahame Dixie, AES, The World Bank
A retrospective view of a development bank's investments in agribusiness in Africa, Southeast Asia & the Pacific.
Energy: Morocco's Transition to Renewable Energy
By Govinda R. Timilsina,et al. The World Bank
This Morocco study shows that meeting the renewable target (42% of electricity through renewables) would achieve up to 15 percent reduction of national greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 compared with a situation in the absence of the target, or the baseline.
Forestry: REDD Challenges & Opportunities
By Imogen Badgery-Parker, CIFOR
Actions must be taken to clarify land tenure in forest-rich developing countries, and to improve the economic viability of REDD+ or risk jeopardizing efforts to reduce deforestation and mitigate climate change, a new study based on 23 forest carbon initiatives suggests.
Metals/Mining: Minerals & Sustainable Development
Presenting the principal conclusions of the IIED/WBCSD project, this is the most ambitious study yet undertaken on the role of minerals in sustainable development.
Water: Water Valuation
These detailed case studies complement the Business Guide to Water publication. They document how and why different companies have carried out water-related valuation studies from EDP, EDF, Hitachi, Veolia Water.
Ecosystems: Conservation Finance
By Credit Suisse & WWF
A complete analysis with recommendations on how to move beyond donor finance to investor-driven approach.