Planting Empowerment

Conserving tropical forest while creating investment opportunities in sustainable forestry
2009 SEED Award Winner Biodiversity Panama

Planting Empowerment has worked with rainforest communities since 2007 to create investment opportunities in sustainable forestry. The business model leverages financial markets, for both small-scale and large institutional investors, to reforest degraded land and promote the conservation of primary forest. Through leasing land and profit sharing, Planting Empowerment provides a reliable source of income to local communities. Timber securities have historically outperformed broad market returns, and the investment products are expected to generate a return on investment between 7.3% and 9.3%. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Planting Empowerment increases tropical forest conservation and promotes sustainable local governance of natural resources while contributing to climate change mitigation. 
  • Contributing to the local income generation by leasing land from local partners and engaging in profit sharing.
  • Providing scholarships for a small number of local school children.
  • Exploring opportunities for development projects with the local communities.
  • Leveraging financial markets to reforest degraded land and to promote the conservation of primary forest. The 20 hectares of already planted mixed species trees have sequestered 180 tons of CO2 to date.


  • Providing a reliable source of income for local communities.
  • Outperforming the historic broad market returns with timber securities, and the investment products are expected to generate a return on investment between 7.3% and 9.3%.


This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Planting Empowerment, a Panama-based business, uses financial markets to make the investment work for conservation and community development.

ASOADICO, a community-based organisation, promotes agroforestry and fosters sustainable community development in Arimaé through forest conservation.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), an international organisation, has supported the project from the inception and emulates lessons learned throughout the region.

SEED Library

In the SEED Library you can read case studies and briefs and explore recent news and blog posts related to the enterprise.
Read more

Collaborate with Planting Empowerment

Use this form to contact the enterprise directly. The submission of this form notifies SEED of your contact request.
I consent to having SEED collect my details and protect my submitted data in line with privacy policy
Andrew Parrucci

Meet more enterprises in the sector

Trees for Global Benefit

2013 SEED Low Carbon Award Winner
Biodiversity Kampala, Uganda

Bridging the Gap

2007 SEED Award Winner
Biodiversity Viet Nam

Wuchi Wami

2021 Winner
Biodiversity Mwinilunga, Zambia

Tayab Eco-Orchards

2011 SEED Award Winner
Biodiversity Douala, Cameroon

NatureSmart Expeditions

Biodiversity Kampala, Uganda

ReSpek Nature

2021 SEED Low Carbon Award Winner
Biodiversity Graaff-Reinet, South Africa