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Forestry, Biomass and Sustainability 2012 – new investment opportunities in timberland and ecosystem services

Start Date:03 May 12 End Date:04 May 12

Forestry investments are attracting growing interest as the traditional attractions of timberland as an asset class are boosted by new revenue sources. These include soaring biomass demand and emerging markets for carbon credits and ecosystem services. In response, many new forest funds are emerging, global public-private partnerships are increasing, and power companies are increasingly competing with the pulp and paper sector.

Attend the 3rd Annual Forestry, Biomass and Sustainability conference for a full update on these developments and more, and to identify new investment opportunities and risks in these expanding markets.

Attend to:

• Hear from an impressive line-up of expert speakers including
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sandy LaBaugh, senior director and portfolio manager, natural resources and infrastructure investments, TIAA-CREF
David Brand, managing director, New Forests Asset Management
Ellysar Baroudy, BioCarbon Fund manager, World Bank
Simon Fox, principal, Mercer
Owen Thorne, investment officer, Merseyside Pension Fund
Kristin Lang, senior loan officer, climate change and environment, European Investment Bank
Caroline Season, senior policy adviser – bioenergy, renewable energy development, Department of Energy & Climate Change
Georges Beukering, senior investment officer, FMO
Hugh Humfrey, managing partner, Timberland Investment Resources Europe
Chris Armitage, head of UK, FourWinds Capital Management (manager of the Phaunos Timber Fund)

• Benefit from the packed and highly relevant agenda – highlights for the all-new 2012 programme include:
Institutional investor insights on forestry investing
Fund manager panel: income streams, risk management and sustainability strategies
Gaining added value through ecosystem services
Ready for REDD+? Financing, policy update and practical case studies
Innovative financing mechanisms for forest conservation, including forest bonds
Supply-demand dynamics in the biomass market
Biomass for power generation: end-user case study

• Optimise your business opportunities – gain a deep understanding of the current market situation facing forestry and biomass, including carbon finance, so you have all the information you need to maximise investment opportunities as they arise

• Network with the key players in forestry and biomass – meet and do business with investors, fund managers, government and multilateral representatives, project developers, forestry owners, end-users and other key players in forestry and biomass

• Debate the key issues with the experts – take advantage of the many panel sessions to put your pressing questions to the panellists and discuss your particular business concerns with them

• Take advantage of special discounts:
- Early bird discount – save over £150 / €175 / US$245 when you register by 5 April
- Team discount – register 2 delegates and a 3rd attends free
- 50% discount for academics/not-for-profits/organisations in developing countries

For more information and to register, please send us an enquiry.

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