Global nature-based investment needs to increase to $8.1t by 2050, Colliers

Beef Central, 26/03/2024

A REPORT released by global real estate and professional services company, Colliers, has highlighted developing investment into “nature based solutions” as an opportunity for agriculture in the coming decades.

Colliers’ Agribusiness Transaction Services, based in Brisbane, has been involved in some major carbon and environment-related agribusiness transactions in recent years. This month it has released its ‘Demystifying Nature-Based solutions in Agribusiness’ report.

Led by Colliers head of agribusiness, Rawdon Briggs, and sustainability analyst, Grace Leung, they want to bridge the gap between maintaining farming productivity and revenues while enabling measurable and realistic ecological and carbon-based solutions.

Mr Briggs said: “this white paper and webinar shine a spotlight on Agribusiness with transaction and campaign insights, as well as key predictions, including the necessary shift to adapt to Natural Capital, Carbon, and ESG requirements—along with key strategies that can pave the way for this transformed market.”

Ms Leung said: “as an ecologist, it’s very encouraging to see companies like Colliers recognising the science and the economic reality that nature and business are interdependent.”

According to the white paper, current global investments in nature-based solutions sit at approximately US$133 billion but it is estimated that this needs to increase to $8.1 trillion by 2050 to tackle climate change and nature loss.

Highlighted in the report, Nature-based solutions are an umbrella term for environmental and sustainable practices which incorporate natural processes to solve problems in society. Applying them cleverly to the agribusiness sector establishes an economic, environmental and social virtuous circle.

A recent case study, Holroyd Station, shows that farmers can reduce their carbon emissions through indigenous fire management practices. Located in the Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland, Holroyd Station is registered under the Australian Government’s Emissions Abatement through Savana Fire Management Methodology.

The project is managed by Corporate Carbon who purchased the property for $29 million in 2022 via Colliers Agribusiness. By applying controlled burning strategies, the project has avoided emissions of 500,000T of carbon a year, equivalent to taking more than 110,000 cars off the road.

Another case study showcases environmental offsets for the Australia Pacific LNG Project. Dukes Plain was purchased in 2013 by Origin Energy via Colliers Agribusiness to meet the environmental conditions and offset requirements of the approval of the Australia Pacific LNG Project.

The offset area covers approximately 4,500ha out of a 7,900ha property in the Brigalow Belt of Central Queensland and has been identified by the Queensland Government as an important ecological corridor linking the Isla Gorge and Precipice National Parks. Since, the project has shown significant increases in vegetation height, with higher yields on revegetated brigalow paddocks than cleared paddocks, up to 30% increased productivity in gross margins per hectare.

Nature-based solutions key outtakes in the agribusiness sector:

  • Nature-based solutions enhance a brighter future for the agribusiness sector by providing environmental, safe, healthy, and sustainable practices for farmers to evolve towards the ecological transition.
  • These scientific-based practices help restore healthier soils and thriving ecosystems, which are essential for the local fauna and flora’s prosperity and the agribusiness sector’s viability.
  • Applying ecological practices allows to mitigate climate change through reducing carbon emissions, recycling resources or prioritising local supply chains.
  • They allow farmers and Traditional Owners to work collaboratively together on rehabilitating the land and conserving Australia’s natural heritage.
  • Finally, they improve productivity and, in certain cases, help to diversify agribusiness portfolios. Nature-based solutions are increasingly recognised by the market as lucrative investment opportunities, driving a sustainable economy.


To encourage successful dynamics, Colliers is holding a webinar on the 27 March at 8am to highlight sustainable initiatives, efficient processes, and positive outcomes. A panel of leaders in the industry, composed of Rawdon Briggs, head of agribusiness, Grace Leung, sustainability analyst, and Gary Wyatt, Corporate Carbon managing director, will be providing relevant insights into the sector.


Source: Colliers






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  1. Paul Franks, 31/03/2024

    Further to my post this interesting article pops up about “carbon offsets” Perhaps AgCarbon Central could do an article on the research this article is based around.

  2. Paul Franks, 26/03/2024

    I think producers need to be wary of grifters looking for easy money. Telling us what we must do, which invariably involves their bank accounts getting larger.

    I recall back in Beef 1991, or thereabouts. Producers were told to invest in land in Argentina as they were coming to take all our markets. It never happened.

    I remember in the early 2000’s, MLA saying we must have LPA to retain our market share. Twenty years later, the prices producers get are abysmal. LPA has achieved nothing but distribute hard earned producers money to others.

    There have been predictions of the end of the world for Australian beef producer’s unless we do x since probably forever.

    What I see is consumers first and foremost want to retain their lifestyle and care not about emissions. I do not recall consumers calling for a boycott on air travel. It seems even the federal Greens leader uses private jet travel with the media reporting on it in the last week or two. When we see school students protesting against emissions in the street. Do they walk or ride home or do they get dropped off/picked up in a fossil fueled car. Emissions are fine and dandy then.

    I am still wrapping my head around people making money from things they never did. Making money from burning your grass in May (the worst time to burn from an animal production standpoint) because potentially you could burn it in October. I am going to tell the people with the money that I could buy a F350 vehicle, and I could drive it 100 000 km a year, but I am not going to so pay me money for emissions I am not going to emit that I potentially could. How someone could do that and keep a straight face is beyond me.

    Using the Qld Globe website to look at Duke’s Plains, reveals the 4500 hectares of the property must be the bit classed as remnant vegetation, so how could that be an offset when it has not been cleared and would never be allowed to be cleared and looking at it unclearable due to terrain anyway.

    I wonder if there needs to be a royal commission into this whole thing.

  3. Leon lupton, 26/03/2024

    We do rotational grazing
    Small paddocks
    Lime and fertiliser and new seed sown

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