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Learning from our Breakthrough Initiatives

How can an ambitious local authority enable a climate smart forest economy?

Learning from Glasgow City Region to create a public-private coalition to kickstart a climate smart forest economy across the region

How can we build offices of the future with timber?

Learning from Stora Enso's "Spring" headquarters to create a blueprint for sustainable, climate smart offices

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How can community forestry kickstart a climate smart forest economy?

Learning from Fairventures Social Forestry to understand how to build a value chain from community forestry as a major climate solution

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Can communities use bamboo to create climate smart, affordable housing?

Learning from CASSA to understand how to leverage the power of communities to unlock bamboo's climate impact


How can innovative timber construction promote sustainable development?

Learning from Bauhutte 4.0 to create a cluster of innovative timber construction to transform the urban environment


Can mass timber help us rethink social housing to create cities of the future?

Learning from Barcelona's Social Housing Tower to understand how to create climate smart, high quality living environments

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Can climate smart forest economies empower local communities?

Learning from AKAH, India to work with local communities to create climate smart forest economies through hybrid housing

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The 3S Framework

To support the transition, the 3S Framework is a useful tool for measuring and influencing the various climate functions of forest and forest product value chains — from the management of land to the use of products and services. The tool provides a comprehensive and integrated way of considering and balancing the various aspects of the carbon cycle: sink (the drawdown and retention of carbon dioxide in the forest), storage (the carbon dioxide embedded in materials), and substitution (the avoidance of emissions by replacing carbon-intensive materials).

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Safeguarding Against Harm

Safeguards are measures taken to prevent harm and encourage benefit by continually assessing, monitoring, and, where possible, improving the social and environmental impacts of interventions relative to the baseline scenario.

They help to both constrain and enable, as appropriate, the design, function, and implementation of climate smart forest economy programs and projects.

Supported by Michigan State University, we have understood existing safeguards tools, and developed a checklist to apply the most relevant elements of these tools to our climate smart forest economy initiatives.

Understanding existing safeguards tools (reports by Michigan State University)

Our Checklist Toolkit

(as applied to our breakthrough initiatives)

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A Scoping Dialogue on Climate Positive Forest Products

The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a virtual scoping dialogue on Climate Positive Forest Products (CPFP) on April 26th, 29th, and May 3rd, 2021. Using mass timber building materials as an entry point, the Initiative aims to build understanding and agreement amongst stakeholders around the opportunities, challenges, and knowledge gaps related to utilizing forest products as a climate change mitigation tool.

Learn more here.


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