High Integrity Forest Investment Initiative

High Integrity Forest (HIFOR) units are a new tradable asset that recognizes and rewards the essential climate services and biodiversity conservation that intact tropical forests provide, including ongoing net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.

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The HIFOR asset would complement existing financing instruments to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (e.g., REDD+) by incentivizing the protection of high integrity tropical forests — i.e. those that are largely undegraded. In addition to their role in climate regulation, these tropical forests are generally recognized as the highest biodiversity ecosystems on Earth.

Each HIFOR unit represents:

Learn more about this new initiative below.

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