ABOUT US

The Climate Smart Forest Economy Program (CSFEP) is a collaborative initiative from EIT Climate-KIC, World Economic Forum, and the World Resources Institute, with seed funding from Good Energies Foundation. It also counts on independent scientific council from The Nature Conservancy, and support from Dalberg Catalyst.

We aim to ensure all forest value chains and forest-dependent economies are climate smart, meeting social and ecological safeguards.

Our mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge, inspire and raise ambition of critical stakeholders from the public and private sector, and support initiatives that demonstrate how the Sink, carbon Storage, and fossil-carbon Substitution (3S) functions of forests and forest products can be maximized for enhanced climate, social and economic benefits.

CSFEP’s initial focus is on the building and construction sector and their sourcing practices, where increasing the use of sustainable forest products could rapidly decarbonize construction, while creating carbon sinks in cities. 

We are working with system actors to develop a vision for the forest value chain

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Increase Forest Cover

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Provide compelling rationale to protect, maintain, restore, and regrow forests.

Strengthen standards and certification for sustainable supply of forest products to spur improved forest management practices.

Provide economic incentives for individuals, communities and companies to restore forests by overcoming constraints to supply and long-term management.

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Create Demand for Sustainable Forest Products

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Assign greater value to sustainable forests that create further incentives to restore and regrow forests.

Build economic value for environmental benefits of forests and create market access.

Spur demand for sustainably sourced forest products and construct social and environmental safeguards to ensure demand does not drive perverse outcomes.

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Galvanize a Movement

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Shift how key actors see the role of the Climate Smart Forest Economy in conservation.

Shift perceptions and behaviour around the forest economy, and provide clear examples of success to show the theory in action.

Involve communities, policy makers, industries, and conservationists in conversations to break down the current siloes between the different groups and catalyze a movement resulting in systemic shifts.

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With seed-funding from:

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