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Biodiversity Incubator

A land management system that rewards soil quality and biodiversity restoration by regularly producing valuable harvest

June 2023

Biodiversity Incubator

A land management system that rewards soil quality and biodiversity restoration by regularly producing valuable harvest

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date June 2, 2023
From Switzerland
Maturity stage TRL 7 - Prototype testing in the real world

The Biodiversity Incubator combines the renaturing of degraded land and restoration of biodiversity with the removal of greenhouse gases while allowing considerate reaping of plant harvest. It upholds the triple bottom line creating positive impact on people, planet, and profit. Degraded land regenerates over time while providing work and revenue to the local population. After repayment of initial investment, annual revenues from harvest sustain care and maintenance and act as a safeguarding value chain remunerating continuous restoration efforts. It does not compete for fertile (food) land and is established on previously non-farmed land (additionality). Artificial irrigation is not needed. Enhanced drought protection of the perennial plants makes it better prepared for climate adaption. The solution endorses transparency, traceability, and accountability of all stakeholders. It supports directly or indirectly almost all UN sustainability goals (SDGs).

The Environmental Benefits

  • Compared to traditional plantations freshwater use is reduced by 95% thanks to improved natural water holding capacity.
  • Use of bio-oil as fuel in vehicles or airplanes leads to 80% reduction of CO2 emissions compared with fossil fuels
  • Removes greenhouse gases by retaining 80% of the air captured CO2 from the atmosphere with a performance of net 5 tCO2e/year and hectare or higher
  • Restores soil and fosters biodiversity by increasing organic soil content
  • Growing of the primary plant seeds on soils with high initial concentration of heavy metals (e.g. mining areas) reduces through phytoremediation the level of contamination over short time periods by 30-70%.

The Financial Benefits

  • Positive revenues after buildup from year 3 of operation reaching full yield capacity in year 5.
  • Builds prosperity in local communities by providing 0.5 permanent, well-paid jobs per hectare of operation, an operation of 2500 hectares thus directly supports 1250 agricultural workers

Activity Region

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile

Real Naturation Ltd.

Profitably renaturing Earth's wasteland for the benefit of humanity.

Headquarters Augustinergasse 15, 8001 Zürich
Type Company
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Waterpreneurs

Waterpreneurs is a global “for-impact organisation”, supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of WASH enterprises operating in developing countries, and respecting human rights. Waterpreneurs brings extensive knowledge of the water and sanitation entrepreneurial sector, impact investing and facilitation of marketplaces.

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