IWC always strives to be at the forefront of market developments and stay attuned to new investment opportunities in timberland and agriculture around the world. We believe this is best achieved through an active presence at relevant conferences and speaking events, sharing knowledge and learning about new opportunities in the alternative assets market. In this section, you will find a list of the latest conferences and speaking events that IWC’s employees have attended as well as interesting insights from our four investment teams regarding some of the latest market developments.

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Creating new forests plays a vital role in the global transition to a greener economy

Timberland as an asset class provides a rare opportunity to generate risk-adjusted market rate of returns and address some of the major challenges of our time. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from October 2018 emphasizes the urgent need for change to keep global warming below 1.5°C.

Creating new forests is an effective way to both sequester COalready emitted to the atmosphere (negative emissions), as well as reduce emissions going forward, by providing green and renewable alternatives to existing high emission materials and fuels. Unlike most other material, wood is not at risk of becoming depleted. Like generations before us, we can continue utilizing wood from responsibly managed sources without compromising opportunities for future generations.

By investing into sustainably managed forests, we have the potential to maintain or restore the productive and protective capacity of landscapes. It often causes a chain reaction of other positive impacts on biodiversity, water protection, job creation, rural development and poverty reduction – all in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our Planet, a collaboration between WWF, Netflix, and Silverback Films, has made a short video documentary called “How to Restore Our Forests”, which IWC found interesting and worth sharing. Hope you enjoy it too!

Conference attendance

May 16, 2019 – Geneva, Switzerland

ESAFON – 4th Annual Global Impact Investing Conference: Global Impact Investment Strategy

Otto Reventlow, Chief Executive Director

Anders Pagh, Director of Impact Timberland Investments

Shauna Matkovich, Senior Sustainability Manager

March 20-23, 2019 – Amelia Island, FL

2019 Timberland Investment Conference at UGA

Lars Holm Simonsen, Director of Timberland Manager Advisory

Josh Yearout, Investment Forester

Speaking Events

MARCH 14, 2019 – Helsinki, Finland

FinnFund Forestry Roundtable

Anders Pagh, Director of Impact Timberland Investments, presented “Greenfield Forestry Impacts”

DECEMBER 2, 2018 – Bonn, Germany

Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Bonn – Financing Forest Landscape Restoration: How the Public and Private Sector can pull together

Shauna Matkovich, Senior Sustainability Manager, participated in Discussion Forum 15 entitled “Financing Forest Landscape Restoration”


Who Will Own the Forest? 14

Céline Claudon, Director of Client Relations, moderated a panel regarding “Institutional Investor Concerns”

MAY 30, 2018 – WASHINGTON D.C.

GLOBAL LANDSCAPES FORUM – Building the Investment Case for Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration

Shauna Matkovich, Sustainability Manager, presented at Dragon’s Den “IWC Treenewable Climate Fund 1”

MAY 3-4, 2018 – NEW YORK, NY

The Duke Nicholas School of the Environment Executive Education Course “Timberland Investments for Professionals”

Céline Claudon, Director of Client Relations, participated on a panel discussion entitled “Key Trends in Timber and Natural-Resources Investing”