Established in 2017, Lestari Capital PTE LTD (LC) is a Singapore-based company founded to drive market-linked finance into tropical forest conservation and restoration initiatives. The Lestari Capital team has spent the last 2 years working in consultation with the global agro-commodity, financial and non-governmental sectors to develop a new finance vehicle, known as the Sustainable Commodities Conservation Mechanism (SCCM), which links a portfolio of high-quality projects to blended finance sources. Lestari Capital specializes in identifying, vetting and financing internationally certified projects that deliver verified conservation and restoration impact, starting in Southeast Asia.
At Lestari Capital, we aim to adapt market systems to include finance mechanisms to conserve and restore our worlds ecosystems. The Indonesian word “Lestari” means sustainable, or everlasting, signifying our commitment to developing long-term sources of finance for high quality conservation and restoration initiatives.
As the global commodity, transportation and energy sectors begin to respond to evolving market requirements, Lestari Capital works in parallel with the same forces driving supply-chain transformation to generate financing for conservation. Lestari Capital supports multi-stakeholder sustainability standards by providing credible, transparent and efficient ways for the private sector to meet and surpass sustainability commitments, certifications and import requirements. We are piloting this approach in Southeast Asia, to demonstrate proof of concept for how the cost of environmental impact can be built into the cost of commodity production.
Our company specializes in selecting, vetting and financing certified conservation, restoration and community-forest projects that protect forests, peatlands and biodiversity. In our pilot phase, Lestari Capital works with members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and those with “Zero Deforestation” pledges in the palm oil sector. Efforts are also underway to expand to additional commodity sectors, as our company supports emerging sustainability trends through a credible and transparent conservation finance platform.
Lestari Capital is built upon the experience and expertise of leaders from the conservation, climate finance and banking sectors. Founding companies include Forest Carbon, a technical forest conservation company with more than 10 years of project development expertise in Southeast Asia and Daemeter, which brings more than 15 years of smart sustainability solutions for global policy makers, commodity companies and conservation projects.