Sustainable Forestry

Decarbonization Avenue : Sustainable Forestry


Forests represent a large and massive carbon sink. As a result, any process that destroys forests results in both lowered CO2 capture and higher CO2 emissions resulting from the additional biomass waste generated from deforestation. On the other hand, processes that nurture forests through preservation, or through expansion of the forest areas can have a significant positive influence on decarbonization.

Emissions from deforestation and forest degradation account for about 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and forest preservation and afforestation hold significant potential for decarbonization. But forest preservation and other sustainable forestry practices are easier said than done. Many large industries have depended on forests for their raw material and feedstock for decades. In addition, nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide depend on these forests for food, water, shelter and energy.

The importance of sustainable forestry for decarbonization has not been lost on many key stakeholder segments, and as a result we today have over a dozen influential organizations focussed on this sector, operating in different regions. These may not be enough, given the magnitude of the efforts needed, but they definitely provide a good starting point.

In the last few years, one of the prominent approaches to sustainable forestry has been its  integration with corporate carbon offsets, leading to a large and steady flow of financial support for these efforts.

Many innovative efforts are underway too. For the 2020-2030 period, expect such innovations especially in use of drones for forest monitoring and analytics, carbon trading exchanges & solutions, digital tools for conservation, large-scale platforms for coordinating reforestation, and micro-forestry.

Industries impacted

  • Agriculture & farming
  • Internet & online solutions
  • Computers & software
  • Construction & real estate
  • Environmental services
  • Food & beverages
  • Life sciences
  • Paper & forest products
  • Textile & apparel
  • Waste management
  • Water

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Themes & Topics

  • Reversing desertification

    • Reversing desertification with livestock

    • Permaculture for reversing desertification

    • Knowledge sharing of best practices

    • Financing models

    • Capacity building

    • Choice of optimal plant species

    • Soil management techniques

    • Water management techniques

    • Use of seed banks

  • Forest protection & restoration

    • Protecting vegetative cover

    • Biodiversity management

    • Integrated land and water management

    • Forest wildlife management

    • Forest soil management

    • Water & rivers management

    • Sustainable logging

    • Sustainable forest waste management

    • Governance and policy making for sustainable forestry

    • Monitoring, analytics & reporting

    • Involvement & engagement of key stakeholders including forest tribes & communities

    • Sustainable forest certification

    • Financing for sustainable forestry

  • Community forests

  • Systems and operational models for multi-stakeholder involvement & engagement

  • Awareness creation & education

  • Organizations involved:

    • Inter-governmental & international

    • National organizations

    • NGOs

  • Education & capacity building

  • Policies

  • Use of IT & digital tools

  • Market opportunities

    • Carbon credits & offsets

  • Case studies

  • Region focus

    • Asia

    • N America

    • S America

    • Africa

    • Middle East

    • Europe

    • Oceania

    • Antarctica

    • Arctic

    • Greenland