To mitigate global warming and prevent catastrophic climate change, we must significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we emit while also deploying carbon removals at a massive scale.
We believe the most effective way to remove carbon is through the industrial-scale afforestation of degraded lands.
We have a particular interest in sustainably managed tree plantations, as these are able to bring a multitude of social, economic and environmental benefits.
In a world that is moving away from fossil fuels and towards a bio-based economy, tree plantations will be the foundation for a large segment of global industry.
SilviCarbon works with nature-based carbon removal projects because biomass growth is currently the most cost-effective and scalable carbon removal method. We are focused on providing a large supply of high-quality, low-price CDRs to make significant and sustainable contributions towards Net-Zero goals.
SilviCarbon purposefully selects and develops projects that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable and just. It is of utmost importance for us to improve the wellbeing of local communities and protect biodiversity. By acting under these core principles, SilviCarbon’s partner projects contribute to a number of SDGs.
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Each project that SIlviCarbon works with is designed for longevity. This is a way to overcome challenges associated with permanence of the carbon removals. This also makes the social and economic benefits last for long enough to have a meaningful impact on sustainable development.
Collaboration between local stakeholders and project developers is crucial to us, as this is the best way to understand the needs of those who will be most directly affected by the project. By involving local communities in planning and decision-making, the best overall outcomes are found.
Industrial agriculture is responsible for 75% of all forest loss worldwide. Especially in South America, there are vast plains that have been deforested for the expansion of beef, palm oil and soya production. This has led to the degradation of millions of hectares of land which are now ideal locations for large-scale afforestation projects.
These lands have become damaged and unproductive due to long periods of intensive agriculture. Investments in land management techniques and planting trees improves the biodiversity of the soil and the productivity of the land. It also creates many jobs for local communities in these rural areas with limited economic development.
To support natural ecosystems in the area, SilviCarbon partner projects manage dedicated areas for nature conservation and restoration. The plantations are strategically placed to form a buffer zone between these natural areas and populated areas, to prevent any unwanted human activity.
Tree plantations are crucial for the protection of the world’s remaining forests. The demand for wood is increasing rapidly due to a number of global trends. This is putting an increasing amount of pressure on forests.
Tree plantations have a double effect on mitigating climate change. In addition to actively removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in living biomass, the wood derived from plantations serves as a renewable substitute for a wide range of applications and products such as biofuels, construction materials, textiles and much more.
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The productivity of tree plantations is far greater than any other existing source of wood. In 2006, tree plantations provided 50% of industrial roundwood despite only making up 7% of total forest cover. R&D in forestry continues to increase the productivity of plantations through improved growth rates and decreased tree mortality.
Managing tree plantations in a sustainable manner provides climate and biodiversity benefits, social development and economic stimulation in the areas that need it most. By planting trees on degraded lands, the net positive impacts of plantations are maximised.
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