Innovation for place-based transformations

Climate change, such as more intense and frequent wildfires, floods, and droughts underscores the urgency of addressing these challenges. In addition, biodiversity loss, deforestation, gender and income inequality are increasing the complex situation. These complex issues need to be addressed now. But how to address them?

The answer lies in adopting new tools, mindsets and approaches are required. This report focuses on different strategies and different organisations, sectors, and actors, transcending boundaries. 

The “Innovation for place-based transformations” publication contains three core sections: “Actionbook to build partnership for fair green and digital transitions”, “Collection of practices” and “Tools for action”.

Content: Innovation for place-based transformations

Author(s): Bianchi Guia; Matti Cristian; Pontikakis Dimitrios; Reimeris Ramojus; Haegeman Karel Herman; Miedzinski Michal; Sillero Illanes Carmen; Mifsud Solange; Sasso Simone; Bol Erica; Marques Santos Anabela; Andreoni Antonio; Janssen Matthijs; Saublens Christian; Stefanov Ruslan; Tolias Yannis

Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union

Year: 2024

Föra

Föra: AI and remote-sensing tool that gauges forest carbon stock and vegetation disturbances with multiple modules

Föra Forest Technologies’ tool, Förecast, is a forest intelligence tool that estimates the carbon stock available in the forest and measures other forest variables using remote sensing and artificial intelligence developed by Föra. Förecast leverages artificial intelligence and remote sensing to assess carbon stock in forests and offers transparent monitoring of vegetation disturbances. The tool comprises four modules: traditional inventory, LiDAR inventory, satellite and LiDAR integration, and forest simulations. Föra is among the winners of the Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge launched in 2022 and secured second place in the 2020 ESA Digital Twin Earth Challenge.

Content: Föra factsheet from Unlocking Forest Carbon Markets – Event 4 of the Forestry Speed Dating 3rd Series

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Zerti Carbon

Zerti Carbon: Cutting-edge technology for climate-smart forestry, allowing users to offset emissions

The Zerti Carbon app provides detailed data to landowners about tree growth and carbon capture, ensuring transparent traceability. By digitising forests and utilising advanced technologies such as drone scanning, LiDAR, machine learning, augmented reality, and AI to analyse the forest’s carbon sinks, the app establishes a system where individuals and companies can offset their carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits. Zerti Carbon is one of the winners of the Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge launched in 2022.

Content: Zerti Carbon factsheet from Unlocking Forest Carbon Markets – Event 4 of the Forestry Speed Dating 3rd Series

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Xilva

Xilva: Comprehensive project grading for informed sustainable forest investments

Xilva’s project grading enables corporates and impact investors to decide on the right sustainable forest project. Xilva GRADE enables investors to fully understand sustainable forest projects across all relevant dimensions (Impact, Financial Viability, Leadership and team, Project Design, Safeguards, and Growth Potential) along the entire investment cycle and thus invest with confidence in forests.

Content: CO2Offset factsheet from Unlocking Forest Carbon Markets – Event 3 of the Forestry Speed Dating 3rd Series

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2023

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Kanop

Kanop: Nature-based analytics with space-borne LiDAR and AI for comprehensive ecosystem insights

Kanop is a data analytics company specialising in nature-based solutions and science-driven impact assessment for ecosystems. With a platform measuring ecosystem data through user-friendly interfaces, the company uses space-borne LiDAR and AI models for forest mapping, inventory, volume measurements, reporting, and carbon storage estimation. Kanop has secured US$1.1 million in pre-seed funding to support its initiatives.

Content: CO2Offset factsheet from Unlocking Forest Carbon Markets – Event 3 of the Forestry Speed Dating 3rd Series

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2023

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Arbonics

Arbonics: Carbon solutions through data-driven forest management and optimisation

Arbonics is a technology-based carbon company that assists landowners and businesses in growing and managing forests. The platform focuses on helping landowners find suitable land plots for new forests, generate carbon credits, optimise existing forests for carbon and biodiversity, and offer quick carbon opportunity assessments using Arbonics’ data models and services. Thus, landowners find new income sources from forests while improving the voluntary carbon market. They have received €1.8 million in pre-seed funding to develop its data-driven tool for landowners further.

Content: CO2Offset factsheet from Unlocking Forest Carbon Markets – Event 3 of the Forestry Speed Dating 3rd Series

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2023

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Vision 2040 of the European Forest-based Sector

The European forest-based sector, a cornerstone of Europe’s bioeconomy, has a long history of providing for the needs of a growing population. Based on sustainable forest management and offering renewable products that don’t compete with food production over land use it creates several opportunities that should be further developed.

  • This publication presents the long-term goals and targets of the forest-based sector in Europe, which aims to provide solutions to global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • How the forest-based sector can help reduce pollution, provide renewable energy, create economic and social links between urban and rural areas, achieve higher productivity and innovation, make sustainable buildings and consumption, and conserve and use natural resources efficiently.
  • Current and potential benefits of the forest-based sector, such as providing renewable raw materials, non-wood forest goods and services, green electricity and biofuels, new fibre-based products, and innovative technologies and processes.
  • Strategic research and innovation agenda (SRA) of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), which identifies the key areas and actions needed to achieve the vision. It also highlights the role of FTP as a focal point for stakeholder collaboration and policy support.

Content: Vision 2040 of the European Forest-based Sector

Publisher: Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP)

Year: 2019

The European biomass puzzle

This report looks at how biomass can help us reach our climate and environmental objectives, and how climate change might affect the EU’s biomass production in agriculture and forest sectors. It also discusses key synergies and trade-offs in the use of biomass for different policy objectives.

Content: The European biomass puzzle

Publisher: European Environment Agency

Year: 2023

European Research Priorities in the Forest Domain

This publication aims to discuss climate change and other risks, biodiversity and ecosystem services, bioeconomy, transversal topics and other relevant topics.

In the framework of the preparation of the new EU Forest Strategy, the SCAR SWG FOREST has collected feedback from its members on what they perceive as the main research priorities in the forest domain nowadays. A survey has been prepared and shared with the SCAR SWG FOREST members. The report is based on the answers from eleven members from nine countries (Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden).

Content: European Research Priorities in the Forest Domain

Publisher: SCAR Standing Committee on Agriculture Research

Year: 2021

Forestry and Wood Industry in Europe

Together with the Cooperation Platform Forest Wood-Paper (FHP), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management commissioned the first study on the significance of the forestry and wood industry throughout Europe. The effects of the forestry and wood industry on value creation and employment were investigated by means of collaboration at a European level. 

Download the publication in English and German.

Content: Forestry and Wood Industry in Europe (Forst- und Holzwirtschaft in Europa)

Publisher: Forst Holz Papier

Urban forests: a global perspective

Urban forestry is not a one-size-fits-all solution; each city and region, with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities, requires tailored strategies.

In recognition of the diversity and distinctiveness of urban forestry issues and their potential for mitigating environmental and socioeconomic inequality across the globe, FAO has asked experts around the world to share their views on how urban forests and trees are perceived and managed in their respective geographical areas, bringing together a broad range of regional perspectives.

The primary goal of this publication is to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of urban forestry worldwide. By showcasing the regional perspectives, insights, experiences and case studies in urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF), we hope to inspire individuals, communities and policymakers to reimagine their relationships with urban green spaces.

Content: Urban forests: a global perspective

Publisher: FAO

Authors: Borelli, S.; Conigliaro, M.; Di Cagno, F.

Year: 2023

CarbonStack

CarbonStack: A platform for forest carbon offset investment

CarbonStack is a company that creates forest reforestation initiatives to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and offers businesses sustainable investment opportunities in climate protection projects in different regions. They employ scientific modelling, remote sensing, and climate modelling to determine the carbon capture potential of each project, issue carbon credits, and provide a platform for contributors to visualise and monitor their investments. The company has received grants and seed investments to support its mission. 

Content: CarbonStack factsheet from Unlocking Forest Carbon Markets – Event 2 of the Forestry Speed Dating 3rd Series

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2023

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