Sustainability-focused investment manager Mirova, announced the launch of Mirova Sustainable Land Fund 2 (MSLF2), a new fund aimed at supporting the transition and decarbonization of agricultural and forestry value chains.

The company said that it aims to raise €350 million from public bodies and institutional investors for the new fund. The launch of MSLF2 marks Mirova’s second strategy dedicated to sustainable land management, following the final deployment of the $208 million Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) fund.

Anne-Laurence Roucher, Deputy CEO and Head of Private Equity and Natural Capital at Mirova, said:

“Building on the success of the LDN fund, which is reaching the end of its roll-out, we are proud to announce plans to launch our second-generation fund dedicated to sustainable land management. MSLF2 will be offered to public bodies and institutional investors keen to combine long-term financial performance with the transition of agricultural and forestry value chains.”

With a focus on supporting sustainable forestry, agroforestry and regenerative agriculture projects in developing countries, MSLF2 will aim to generate financial gains and positive impact in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity preservation and social inclusion.

The fund will be structured as a blended finance vehicle, combining public and private capital, and will operate mainly through debt financing.

Gautier Quéru, Head of Natural Capital at the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund said:

“In an international regulatory framework that is encouraging companies and investors to take greater account of their impact on the climate and nature, this new fund dedicated to the restoration and protection of terrestrial ecosystems should enable investors to embrace the strong trend aimed at transforming the value chains most dependent on nature while targeting a financial return by drawing on Mirova’s proven experience in this area.”