Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Special Issue

Natural Forests as an Investment Opportunity for a Responsible Banking and Capital Depositing

  • Submission Deadline: 1 November 2022
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Karlo Beljan
About This Special Issue
Forests are a good investment option because of their high risk-adjusted returns, minimal connection with other financial asset classes, and ability to hedge against inflation. Because the majority of the world's forests are owned by governments that are often non-profit-oriented and hold forest capital primarily for social well-being and as a national strategic resource, the forest's investment potential cannot be realized. The economic importance of forestry is gradually increasing while in the recent past the United Nations launched The Principles for Responsible Banking which will ensure that banks’ investments align with the society demands, sustainable development and with the Paris Climate Agreement. Also, there is the Global Ethical Finance Initiative with similar goals. As a result, we may anticipate a growth in forestry investments in the coming decades, as well as a need for a better knowledge of future forestry capital-market performance, particularly from the perspective of investors. The purpose of this Special Issue is to examine:
(1) Forestry investment characteristics
(2) Investment opportunities around the globe
(3) Benefits for the potential investors
(4) Compare forestry-related investments with agricultural investments.


  1. Risk Management
  2. Portfolio
  3. Added-value-chain
  4. Stock Exchange Market
  5. Total Return
  6. Inflation Hedging
Lead Guest Editor
  • Karlo Beljan ORCiD

    Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia