Agreement of Intent between ARK and Cycas Capital

Cycas Capital and ARK Nature Development have signed a letter of intent to collaborate in the field of nature development, starting with the Geelders District.

Cycas Capital is working with engineering firm Arcadis to create an investment fund called ReTimber. This fund will invest in natural, biodiverse forests that sustainably store carbon dioxide and provide a sustainable circular building material (wood) in the long term. ReTimber will focus on investing in existing forests and converting farmland into forests in the Netherlands (later also in the rest of Europe). It is an impact fund for future-oriented investors who want to combat more climate change and increase biodiversity in Europe.

In the letter of intent, it was agreed that ReTimber was willing to take over land from the ARK Nature Development in Geelders and that a joint nature-expansion search would be conducted around Geelders and other nature reserves where ARK was active. In this way ReTimber funds the expansion of nature in the Netherlands.

“The inspiring thing about this collaboration is that with Cycas Capital and ReTimber we can show that nature is worth investing in. Natural forests are valuable as a rich living environment, such as water storage, carbon dioxide storage, and as a source of high-quality construction timber and a source of biodiversity. ReTimber is an integrated purpose action plan in which all of this is already stacked.” † Jos Rademakers, ARK Nature Development Director


De Geelders is a unique nature reserve, as it is one of the last wet parasitic forests in the Netherlands. Wet silt provides ideal living conditions for special plants and animals – which are often scarce. Like French cranberries and ground chestnuts. But also honey hawks, golden orioles, and woody rocks. You will find wonderful crustaceans here: the orange-and-blue swimming skeleton, an extremely rare primitive crustacean found almost nowhere else in the Netherlands.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with ARK Natuurontwikkeling. We have a shared vision of nature, to create biologically diverse forests where mammals, birds and insects thrive and people also benefit from easy access and a quiet place to walk.” † Bartel Huibregtsen, Director, Cycas Capital

The importance of the new nature

The IPCC report, published last week, stressed that solutions to prevent global warming of more than 1.5 degrees must be implemented quickly. According to the report, a fifth of all global emissions are caused by the way land is used. Examples include deforestation, methane emissions from livestock, and the use of nitrogen in agriculture. This means that there is a lot that can be achieved by changing land use, creating new nature and stopping deforestation.

“One solution to slowing climate change is creating new natural forests. These forests absorb carbon dioxide as they develop, with the positive effect of reducing global warming, and they also create an inspiring biodiversity environment and fresh air. ARK Natuurontwikkeling is developing these forests in a beautiful and innovative way. and biologically diverse.” † Edward Elias, Director, Cycas Capital

Cyclass Capital

Cycas Capital focuses on structuring investment opportunities to create a sustainable future. In doing so, they bridge the gap between capital markets and the opportunities that support a sustainable world and economy. The starting point here is that nature can function without an economy, but an economy cannot function without the ecosystems that nature provides. Therefore, Cycas Capital’s focus is not only the economic impact, but also the environmental and social consequences of the investments. This challenges the status quo to create sustainable alternatives.

About Ark Nature Development

ARK Nature Development recognizes powerful nature reserves where nature can take its course as far as possible. This results in a wealth of landscapes, flora and fauna. ARK sees the evolution of nature in the context of social concerns such as recreation, mineral extraction and climate adaptation, and strives for freely accessible nature. Additionally, ARK is a wild nature booster. This means that nature can run its course again as much as possible in the areas that ARK is developing. This results in an unprecedented wealth of landscapes and the associated flora and fauna.

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