Terra Bella NBS Carbon Pool

Investment Strategy

The Terra Bella NBS Carbon Pool creates substantial rural income growth through investing in jurisdictional programs and projects that reduce deforestation and degradation as well as increase tree cover to produce verified emission reductions and/or removals. The investments are structured to provide the upfront capital needed to implement activities, complete verification and secure long-term purchase agreements. The target projects include reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation, improved forest management, afforestation/reforestation, establishing agroforestry systems, climate smart agriculture, and rural energy efficiency (fuel-efficient cookstoves, solar energy, water filters).

By providing local governments and project communities with long-term flexible finance, which they could not otherwise secure, they can transition from concessional to commercial approaches, creating sustainable and scaled businesses. The TB-NBS Carbon Pool invests in new and improved technologies through innovative forest conservation, improved agricultural approaches, non-timber forest products, forest management, and supports commercializing crops and emission reductions, drastically improving yields, crop quality, revenue and long-term sustainability of smallho

Linked Technical Assistance Facility

In order to support the  projects, a Technical Assistance Facility has been established to “bridge the gap” that smallholders face in achieving readiness to access investment capital. The NBS Carbon Pool will leverage Terra’s experienced international and local portfolio management team to identify and deliver the support required to make projects bankable. This technical assistance facility is awarded to eligible projects after close evaluation and determination by the NBS Carbon Pool portfolio management team.

Generating Financial, Social, and Environmental Returns

The Terra Bella NBS Carbon Pool is the only fund that combines investments in smallholder’s production of sustainable agricultural crops and non-timber forest products that also reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reduced deforestation, increased tree cover, and climate smart agriculture.  Investing in projects with multiple revenue streams provides greater diversification of financial returns. The NBS Carbon Pool delivers far-reaching social benefits, developing livelihoods and alternative incomes from sustainable landscape management through providing access to inputs, technical assistance, quality processing, expanded market links, and certifications. Furthermore, formalizing investments to local smallholders strengthens local land tenure rights.

NBS Carbon Pool Manager’s Comparative Advantage

The NBS Carbon Pool manager, Terra Global Investment Management, was founded in 2006. In the past decade Terra has become a world leader in agriculture, forestry, and land-use emissions reductions program development. Terra employs an exceptionally inter-disciplinary, multi-location team to implement market-based solutions to rural development and environmental stewardship.  With experts in finance, forestry, agriculture and offices in Bogota, Washington D.C., and headquarters in San Francisco, Terra is positioned to be a highly effective Fund manager for this smallholder agroforestry-focused climate change mitigation private equity fund.