Impact investments aimed at achieving the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #15: Life on Land have the potential to deliver critical social and environmental results at scale. SDG #15 calls to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managed forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” The estimated USD 5-7 trillion funding gap to achieve the SDGs is enormous, but addressing the targets that underly this SDG is imperative not only to the conservation and continued sustainability of ecosystems, but also to the survival of the planet.
The GIIN hosted two successive product structure workshops in 2019, bringing together asset owners with fund managers in the midst of structuring investment products. These workshops aimed to expose asset owners to a range of funds targeting SDG #15 and improve the alignment between investor needs and investable products. This issue brief is a synthesis of the conversations between 13 participating investors and 6 fund managers during the two workshops—one hosted in May 2019, by GIIN Investors’ Council Member, Nuveen; and a second, hosted in October 2019, as part of the GIIN Investor Forum.