Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of Agroforestry Nature-Based Infrastructure in Welkenraedt (Belgium)

By Andrea Bassi, Liesbeth Casier, Marco Guzzetti, Abigail Schlageter, David Uzsoki on April 20, 2021
  • The net benefits of the agroforestry project are estimated at EUR 3.9 million over a 20-year lifetime period for an investment cost of EUR 607,629. This is due to positive externalities, avoided costs, and additional potential revenue streams, such as, for example, fodder and wood pellet production.

  • Due to climate change, these benefits will only increase further and make agroforestry projects even more economically attractive. For example, agroforestry has a cooling effect that reduces heat stress on livestock, improving milk production and thus farmers' revenues.

This report describes the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessment of an agroforestry project in the municipality of Welkenraedt, Belgium. Agroforestry is nature-based infrastructure (NBI) that aims to maintain and restore soil productivity, combat erosion, maintain high water quality, and strengthen climate resilience in the area. Agroforestry is included in the municipality’s climate plans.