1MT Nation, an Estonian company developing high-quality nature-based carbon removal projects, has just closed a EUR one million investment round. Interest from investors was more extensive than expected, so the company chose backers with strategic expertise also in the forestry sector.
1MT Nation (1MTN) restores degraded lands in Africa and gives companies all over the world the opportunity to invest in high-quality nature-based carbon removals. 1MTN is on a mission to restore at least 1 million hectares of land in Africa by planting polyculture bamboo species by 2030 and also unlocking capital for this aim. 1MTN is planting in cooperation with landowners to ensure a sustainable and local natural ecosystem.
In April of this year, the first 300 hectares of bamboo were planted in Uganda. Preparatory work has begun for planting 2,000 hectares of bamboo in Uganda and 1,000 hectares in Kenya. 1MTN uses high-level technology, including satellite technology for mapping land areas, because suitable lands must not have had forest cover for at least the past 10 years. "Bamboo is one of the most effective natural tools for mitigating climate change. It grows fast so the removal of carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere is also significantly faster. However, opening plantations and restoring degraded lands requires large investments so we decided to announce our first equity round. Interest from potential investors was greater than we expected. And we are already in preparation mode to raise additional non-equity funding," says Kristjan Raude, Co-Founder & CEO of 1MTN.
“We are really glad to start the partnership with strategic investors with industry-specific knowledge,” commented Anete Garoza, Co-Founder & Chief Climate Officer of 1MTN, and added that they have onboarded investors with long-term expertise in the forestry and wood industry, capital markets, sustainability, and technology.
One of the investors with long-term experience in the forest industry is Margus Kohava, Head of the Estonian Forestry and Wood Industry Association who said, "The consequences of climate change affect everyone, regardless of geographical location, and I continue to believe that smart and well-thought-out development of forestry and the forest industry will prove to be the best way to help us combat climate change. 1MT Nation restores degraded lands by afforestation, and we can also offer support with know-how in this process." According to Kohava, investment in nature cannot be put on hold even in difficult economic circumstances, and in addition to a positive impact in the context of climate and nature, 1MTN's activities also create a strong social influence.
1MT Nation or 1 Million Tonne Nation means that each project must remove at least one million tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere. 1MTN’s business model is built on CSV and guided by ESG and SDGs. “Simply put, we are a company with a strong social impact, in addition to restoring nature and supporting corporations in their efforts to reduce their footprint, said Anete Garoza.
About 1MT Nation (1MTN) 1MT Nation (1MTN) is a developer of nature-based and high-quality carbon credits (Carbon Dioxide Removal) in Africa, which aims to restore damaged lands by planting polyculture bamboo, creating thousands of jobs, supporting local communities, offering nature-based carbon dioxide removal credits to companies and creating extra income for local landowners.. The founders of the company are a long-time entrepreneur and investor Kristjan Raude and climate lawyer Anete Garoza. 1MTN's headquarters are located in Tallinn, with subsidiaries in Kampala and Nairobi.