The US BCSD has formed a strategic alliance with Restore the Earth Foundation to apply a business-led model to landscape scale restoration. Various parties are working jointly implementing a 4,000-acre coastal restoration project at the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area, southeast of Houma, Louisiana. Results of the project will be quantified and monetized using REF EcoMetrics to provide metrics to Collaborative Fund participants allowing them to account for the environmental, social and economic value created by their investments. This project broke ground on October 27, 2016. Phase I consisting of the first one thousand acres is completed, and Phase II will commence in 2018.
By contributing to the Collaborative Fund, corporate partners will be able to demonstrate and report on the value their investment creates. Restore the Earth’s EcoMetrics™ Model quantifies the full financial value of the restoration’s environmental, social, and economic impacts, aligned with the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)’s Framework. Their model proves that for every $1 invested in restoration, more than $9 in value is created. Corporate partners also benefit from third-party-verified carbon, nitrogen, water, and phosphorus offsets.
The US BCSD's Louisiana Water Synergy Project, described above, will serve as the platform for this joint work.
If you are interested in learning more about the US BCSD/Restore the Earth Collaborative Fund or Restore the Earth’s EcoMetrics Model, accounting for the value of landscape-scale restoration, contact:
Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc. is 501(c)(3) not for profit, its mission is to restore the Earth’s essential forest and wetland ecosystems, delivering outstanding environmental, social and economic returns. Restore the Earth has secured over $35 million from private and public sources and has successfully restored over 45,000 acres along America’s Gulf Coast. Today, these reforested areas have restored habitat, created jobs, and brought back the landscape’s green attributes and benefits that contribute so much to the nation’s communities and culture. To learn more, please visit www.restoretheearth.org.