Lestari Capital is a conservation finance company, based in Southeast Asia, that develops innovative, nature-based products that enable companies to deliver on their sustainability objectives.Learn More
We exist to support communities, protect biodiversity and limit global temperature rises by linking high-impact conservation projects with responsible finance at scale.
We develop and grow sources of demand for conservation projects through partnerships with corporations. Our work ensures that corporate sustainability standards and certifications have verified impact while addressing a critical gap in long-term finance for natural ecosystem conservation and restoration.
We are piloting this approach in Southeast Asia through a unique finance platform that links forest conservation finance directly to raw material procurement for 30 years.
The finance platform has three forms:
– Collectives (for collaborations)
– Solutions (for compliance)
– Climate (for carbon markets)
Our vision is a world where healthy ecosystems go hand-in-hand with good business.
Nature, people and the climate depend on companies delivering on their sustainability commitments, yet most existing models are not fit for purpose. Their sources, duration and ambition are insufficient, resulting in weal incentives to achieve credible impacts at scale.
Lestari Capital is at the forefront of a movement to embed forest conservation finance into the companies’ business models. Through our unique finance model, our corporate partners link ecosystem outcomes directly to their procurement of raw materials over the long term.
We are an advocate and change agent for ecosystems; including the communities that rely on them, and those working to protect them.
We show that equitable market mechanisms can deliver lasting conservation outcomes.
We seek ethical participation of the private sector in conservation.
We seek to foster a holistic understanding of land use from the market to the ground, rooted in transparency.
Our interdisciplinary background in conservation and finance leads us to recognize the importance of verified conservation outcomes.
Our work to promote efficient private sector investment in conservation does not, and never will, support or endorse “cut and pay” systems.
We acknowledge and defend the rights of the local communities that depend on our world’s ecosystems.
A uniquely interdisciplinary team of conservation, market and finance professionals.Learn More
Pedro Moura Costa is an expert and entrepreneur in market mechanisms for dealing with environmental services, particularly in relation to greenhouse gas emission reductions, environmental services, forestry, and circular economy. Pedro is the CEO of Sustainable Investment Management (SIM), a fund management company focused on sustainability, and also the founder and director of BVRio - Rio de Janeiro’s Environmental Exchange, an organisation aimed at promoting market mechanisms to facilitate compliance with environmental laws, including a Responsible Timber Exchange, the Circular Action Hub, and the 3R Initiative. Formerly, Pedro was the founder and President of EcoSecurities Group Plc, the world leader in carbon trading and clean energy investment, listed in the AIM London Stock Exchange. Dr Moura Costa holds a PhD from University of London, is an Honorary Research Associate of the Smith School at Oxford University, and has published over 100 articles and books on greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon trading, including as a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that were recognised with a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Vivian Lines specialises in helping organisations and governments communicate effectively with their stakeholders globally. He currently heads up his own integrated communications consultancy. Prior to this he was Chairman Asia Pacific and Vice Chair Global at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. He divides his time between Hong Kong and Singapore, where he has lived for nearly three decades. In addition to working with companies on their communication strategies, he also undertakes training in aspects of communications, including crisis communications training to officers from the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management. He regularly writes on aspects of corporate governance, ASEAN and ESG. Vivian holds an MBA from Duke University, an MA in Political Science from Georgetown University, an undergraduate degree from the University of Kent, and a Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a Director of Opera Hong Kong, and is a Member of the Advisory Board (Asia), FT Board Director Programme.
A Co-Founder of Lestari Capital, Gary provides strategic guidance and leadership as the Chairman of the Advisory Board, drawing on more than 25 years of experience working on sustainability issues in Indonesia. Gary is a founding partner of Daemeter, a leading consulting firm in Indonesia, which provides smart solutions to policy makers, international institutions, NGOs and private sector clients. Gary holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan and leads Daemeter's program in sustainable palm oil, combining research, outreach and training with diverse stakeholder groups.
Michal leads business development and client outreach with sustainable commodity growers, consumer goods manufacturing and retail sector, drawing on more than 10 years of experience working in the conservation, biodiversity and corporate sustainability space in Southeast Asia. His work in the commodities sector is complemented by his past experience with the Zoological Society of London, Daemeter Consulting in Indonesia and years of field biodiversity conservation experience working with NGOs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Michal sits on numerous technical working groups, including for the RSPO, FSC, and HCSA; a reflection of his strong understanding of the conservation challenges and priorities in Indonesia and the relationships with the commodity sector.
We strive to lead by example through our work, particularly by showcasing how ecosystem services can be equitably financed through market systems.
We also strive to raise the bar for quality conservation and restoration outcome through selection criteria that ensures each project has been developed according to best practices, has been independently audited and is endorsed by participating local communities and government agencies.
All of our products will be reviewed by both internally and by independent third party to ensure transparency, with the results published and incorporated into our ESG policy. Lestari Capital’s Environmental, Social and Governance Policy (ESG) guides our overall engagement framework, both within the company and with our clients, partners and project portfolio members.