Our colleague Adit Ram was invited to the annual conclave “Coalescence” at the Indian Institute of Forest Management (Bhopal, India) which was held on 31st October and 1st November. This year’s theme was “Economy, Ecology and Equity: Where does the synergy lie?”
This conclave is conducted every year to generate awareness and create insightful deliberations with an aim for coherent solutions to various issues and problem areas so that people from different backgrounds (e.g. government, corporate, social activists, academicians, researchers) can synergistically work to cause an effect and change in CSR, green innovation, sustainable growth and current obstacles for India and the world.
Face the Future had the honour to be part of the esteemed list of guest speakers in which we presented our 25 year track record, our experience and vision for the future which highlighted the value of trees and the social cost of carbon.
We thank the organisers for making us part of this inspiring and valuable event.
Orangutans depend on forests that provide sufficient levels of high-energy food, according to a new study performed by Rutgers. This study is particularly important because it is the first to compare variations of food and nutrition at similar tropical rainforest sites. Degraded forests are typically areas that form a poor habitat, due to the limited availability of high-energy food. This poses a great threat to the reproduction, and thus survival rate, of the endangered Orangutan.
In our project INFAPRO, we work on the rehabilitation of tropical rainforest in Sabah, one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. The forest was severely degraded due to intensive logging in the past. Since the start of the project in 1992, about 12,000 hectares have been rehabilitated and we aim to restore another 10,000 hectares in the future. Through enrichment planting and climber cutting the forest is now able to recover. Part of our strategy is to plant at least 5% wild fruit trees, for the benefit of local wildlife. As a result, the habitat of the Orangutan improves. The INFAPRO area is known as a stronghold for the survival of the Orangutan.
We are pleased to announce that our subsidiary PROFAFOR S.A. is the first company in Ecuador that has offset their carbon emissions.
The independent certifier ICONTEC has audited PROFAFOR for their emissions in 2013. To offset their carbon emissions of 31,52 t/CO2, they have bought carbon credits from our forestry project in Uganda.
For more information please go to www.profafor.com
Face the Future periodically monitors the progress of its project activities.
New for our project in Kibale National Park is the monitoring of project impacts on community biodiversity, on top of the already existing carbon monitoring for quantifying climate impact. The monitoring results are available in the draft Project Implementation Report and the draft VCS Carbon Monitoring report (please see below to learn more). Both reports are subject to verification by an independent auditor. The site visit for certification is schedeluded for week of 26-29 May 2015. The project will then be verified against both the Verified Carbon Standard as well as the Climate Community and Biodiversity standard.