Forests are the lungs of our planet. They produce enormous amounts of breathable oxygen and store incredibly large quantities of carbon – approximately 861,000,000 tons. Thus, they protect our climate from global warming by keeping that carbon stored in their alive cycling system.
The forestry and agriculture supply chains have interconnections, where forests provide vital ecosystem services such as water regulation, soil conservation, and pollination to support agricultural production. Effective forest management and resource utilization are crucial in the fight against climate change and in promoting the prosperity and well-being of present and future generations.
Large amounts of deforestation have been caused by expansion of logging & agriculture, which might by up to 80% of forest loss driven by production of food, fuel & fibre. Recognizing this, large agricultural businesses have made commitments to zero deforestation in their supply chains (e.g., NDPE, Zero Conversion, etc.). The EU Regulation of Deforestation-free products is also challenging the requirements for traceable farm origins and forest monitoring.
Beyond supply chains, forests also have a huge potential to be protected and restored through projects mobilizing carbon finance from nature-based Solutions (NbS). We are ready to support land owners, communities, investors, and corporates who want to join hands in developing robust carbon credit projects with high social & biodiversity benefits.
Koltiva works as a nature-based solution organization that works on seascapes and landscapes which greatly impact the planet's health and biodiversity. NbS is defined as conservation, restoration, and improved land management activities that increase carbon storage in forests, wetlands, peatlands, and grasslands. It is crucial for Koltiva to apply NbS concept to our clients' farms and our own farms to implement our climate solutions as we work with farmers and other stakeholders related to agriculture.
As we celebrate the International Day of Forests, let us take a moment to appreciate the significant role of forests across our planet. We must also remember our responsibility to protect and sustainably manage these ecosystems for future generations.
Contributor Writer: Koltiva Climate Team