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Forestry Speed Dating: 3rd Series

This series was made possible with the support of our Bioregions members: Basque Country, Catalonia, and North Rhine-Westphalia

Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament d'Acció Climàtica, Alimentació i Agenda Rural
Ministerirum Für Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

In this third series, Forestry Speed Dating (FSD) puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users to speed up innovation and create new partnerships to upscale solutions focused on forest carbon monetisation.

Carbon markets and innovation

Both carbon markets and innovation can be seen as ways to address climate change – carbon markets by providing economic incentives to reduce emissions and innovation by developing new technologies that are less harmful to the environment.

Unlocking forest carbon markets – Event 7

In this third series, Forestry Speed Dating (FSD) connects innovators with potential partners and end-users to speed up innovation and create new partnerships to upscale solutions focused on forest carbon monetisation.

Italy’s LIFE CO2PES&PEF project

The LIFE CO2PES&PEF (2020-2023) has achieved results to increase the practice of Sustainable Forest Management, for institutions and businesses. This demonstrates that collaborative and integrated nature-based solutions are preferred to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

During the project, silvicultural activities were carried out to reduce vulnerability to windstorms and enhance integrated relations among forest biodiversity, including the incrementation of selective thinning to improve the growth and health of remaining trees.

In parallel, in collaboration with PEFC Italy, the project developed a Standard Protocol to certify ecosystem services generated from sustainable forest management silviculture. Moreover, during the project, we focused on the role of businesses that should encourage and promote a sustainable wood supply chain by applying the PEF methodology, assisted by the guidelines provided by the PEFCRs, to reduce their environmental impact.

Speaker

Roberta Croce

Project Assistant in Sustainability Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

France’s Label Bas Carbone

France’s low-carbon labelling system is a national certification scheme for emissions reductions and removals. ‘Label Bas Carbone’ has already been running for five years. In forestry, more than 600 projects have been certified following one of the three methodologies:

  • (1) afforestation,
  • (2) forest restoration after a fire event, a storm or important diebacks and
  • (3) conversion from coppice to high-stand management.

Feedback will be given about the use of this certification scheme to incentivise low-carbon practices in forestry.

Speaker

Simon Martel

Research fellow, I4CE

Agenda

  • 10:00–10:05 | Introductions
  • 10:05–10:25 | Italy’s LIFE CO2PES&PEF project presentation and Q&A
  • 10:25–10:45 | France’s Label Bas Carbone presentation and Q&A
  • 10:45–11:05 | Breakout rooms with speakers
  • 11:05–11:10 | Final remarks

Unlocking forest carbon markets – Event 6

In this third series, Forestry Speed Dating (FSD) puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users to speed up innovation and create new partnerships to upscale solutions focused on forest carbon monetisation.

Eustafor opening statement

The European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) represents state forest companies, enterprises and agencies that have sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable wood production as major concerns.

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Speaker

Amila Meškin

Senior Policy Advisor, EUSTAFOR

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Poland: Carbon Forests Project

In August 2022, the State Forests of Poland launched the “Carbon Forests” project, which targets forest management to increase carbon retention in the various elements of the forest ecosystem and the ability to calculate these changes using the Canadian Forest Carbon Budget Model (CBM-CFS3).

The project’s proposed activities aim to increase CO2 sequestration by forests through:

  • Afforestation of non-forest and forest land,
  • Promotion of natural regeneration,
  • Introduction of undergrowth and underplanting (in stands with a canopy of no more than 0.8) and
  • Promotion of good practices in soil preparation for reseeding or restoration, which contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
Speaker

Joanna Chrapowicka

Leader of the Carbon Forests Project at the Polish State Forest

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Catalonia: Climate Credit System

The Government of Catalonia created its climate credit system to enhance the absorption of CO2 emissions. The carbon credits are an exchange unit designed to facilitate investments in nature-based solutions in Catalonia within the framework of voluntary compensation or corporate social responsibility initiatives.

The Catalan system will allow the offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions within the region for the benefit of rural areas; climate credits generated in agriculture, soil management, and the restoration of coastal and marine habitats will be included in the system.

Speaker

Leonardo Bejarano Manjón

Head of the Catalan Office for Climate Change

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Agenda

  • 10:00–10:05 | Introductions
  • 10:05–10:10 | Opening statement from EUSTAFOR
  • 10:10–10:30 | Poland: Carbon Forests Project presentation and Q&A
  • 10:30–10:50 | Catalonia: Climate Credit System presentation and Q&A
  • 10:50–11:10 | Breakout rooms with speakers
  • 11:10–11:15 | Final remarks

Unlocking forest carbon markets – Event 5

In this third series, Forestry Speed Dating (FSD) puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users to speed up innovation and create new partnerships to upscale solutions focused on forest carbon monetisation.

CollectiveCrunch: Elevating forestry intelligence for sustainable futures

CollectiveCrunch is an AI-driven company that uses technology to monitor forests, with a specific emphasis on tracking carbon change to support sustainable forestry. With a nature-based solutions approach, the company provides its partners with insights into the carbon stored in their forests, supports forest inventories, tracks forest health and biodiversity, and monitors carbon changes. CollectiveCrunch has attracted partnerships and secured US$2.8 million in seed funding.

Grupo Sylvestris: CO2 capture and sustainable solutions for environmental challenges

Grupo Sylvestris specializes in innovative projects dedicated to CO2 capture. Their initiatives include the restoration of burned areas using cost-effective and environmentally friendly techniques. Additionally, they excel in constructing vertical and urban gardens that contribute to sustainable urban development. The company also provides comprehensive services focused on conducting studies and developing projects that deliver impactful solutions to address environmental and social challenges.

Land Life: Cultivating green legacies for a sustainable tomorrow

Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale. They offer businesses and organisations the opportunity to address climate change and offset carbon emissions by restoring nature. The company is dedicated to enhancing biodiversity, improving groundwater, stabilising soil, and mitigating CO2 levels; all facilitated through a prediction model that provides data on carbon capture and nature impact projections. Companies can actively contribute to reforestation projects, offsetting or compensating for their carbon footprints. Simultaneously, this provides additional income to landowners who commit to protecting newly planted trees for a minimum of 40 years.

Unlocking forest carbon markets – Event 4

In this third series, Forestry Speed Dating (FSD) puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users to speed up innovation and create new partnerships to upscale solutions focused on forest carbon monetisation.

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.

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

Zerti Carbon is a company offering certified carbon sink solutions through blockchain technology, dedicated to advancing climate-smart forestry solutions and connecting forest owners with companies interested in neutralising carbon 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.

Unlocking forest carbon markets – Event 3

In this third series, Forestry Speed Dating (FSD) puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users to speed up innovation and create new partnerships to upscale solutions focused on forest carbon monetisation.

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.

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.

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.

Unlocking forest carbon markets – Event 2

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. 

CO2Offset: Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to calculate the carbon dioxide sequestered in forests

CO2OFFSET is a start-up that connects companies that want to offset their carbon emissions with forest owners. The solution measures the carbon stored in the forests; it offers various services such as automated carbon credit sales, AI-managed credit wallets, machine learning algorithms, standardised blockchain-based credits and transparent contracts. Lands registered with CO2OFFSET also receive free forest management consultation.

Ecobase: Carbon offsetting and income generation for landowners with buyer collaborations

Ecobase is a company specialising in European afforestation and forestry carbon projects, working with landowners to profit from carbon removal income while reducing emissions. By planting trees on underutilised land and providing carbon removal and emission offset, Ecobase partners with various buyers, offering them different financial options and managing projects from registration to implementation.

Unlocking Forest Carbon Markets – Event 1

Skoog: A platform for landowners to access carbon and forest products markets

Skoog is a company that uses remote sensing and computer vision to offer carbon credits to the forestry and agriculture industries. They make it easier for landowners, regardless of size, to access carbon markets and provide incentives to preserve and restore forests while improving agricultural practices.

Treemetrics: A climate-smart platform for adaptive forest management

Treemetrics is a software-based company focused on sustainable forest management technology. The ForestHQ Climate-Smart Platform provides precise carbon quantification, forest carbon monitoring and digital reporting.

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