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New open-access FRESCOS Tool launched for accounting the carbon sequestration in forestry projects

Four European development finance institutions (DFI) – CDC Group (UK), Finnfund (Finland), FMO (Netherlands), and Swedfund (Sweden) – together with Simosol, an IT company, have today launched the FRESCOS Tool, a web-based, open-access tool to account for the carbon sequestration of afforestation and reforestation projects. The overall goal of the FRESCOS Tool is to better […]

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Finnfund first development financier to report carbon net-negative investment portfolio

Finnish development financier and impact investor Finnfund today released data showing that its total investment portfolio has a net negative carbon balance. The figures for 2019 indicate that Finnfund’s investments removed 134,679 tCO2e more than they emitted. In 2019, Finnfund’s investment portfolio was EUR 617 million. “I am extremely proud that we have been able to […]

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Support to smallholder tree farming relieves the pressure on natural forests in Africa

Anne Arvola

On my last two trips to Eastern Africa before the travel restrictions I felt my throat choking and a grip in my stomach when looking at the scenery below from the airplane. It was not because of the turbulence but the anxiety about the shrinking, degraded forest patches and the smoke coming from the fires […]

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Woodland or forest?

Ilkka Norjamäki

Monoculture and plantation are terms that often are used when it comes to planting commercial forests. Indeed, planted forests are typically such of one or more species whose main purpose is to efficiently produce the raw material needed by the forest industry. Criticism towards planted forests is often related to issues of poor biodiversity, water […]

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Planting seedlings is only the first stage of growing a forest

Juho Uusihakala

The UN Climate Panel IPCC publishes tomorrow its highly anticipated report on the impacts of land use on the climate. Based on the panel’s previous reports, it should come as no surprise if the panel demands more efficient forest conservation and increment of forest area in this new report. These demands are nothing new, but […]

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Seminar: Sustainable development and climate action from African forests

How are the forests in Africa doing? What are the most cost-effective climate actions and can deforestation be slowed down? Is there demand for sustainably produced wood? Why is it so difficult to get private funding? What could the EU do? Forests, food production and climate change are closely linked to one another, professor Markku […]

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Finnfund calculated climate effects of its investment portfolio

The development financier Finnfund, has commenced to calculate the climate impact of its entire investment portfolio annually. The calculations show that Finnfund’s investments in forestry sequester more than half a million carbon dioxide equivalent tonnes (tCO2eq) in the atmosphere. With its investments in clean energy, Finnfund avoids emissions in developing countries by 64,000 tCO2eq annually. […]

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New forestry fund projected to sequester 20 million metric tons of CO2

Finnish development financier Finnfund has committed 10 million USD to a new impact fund for sustainable forestry, the Arbaro Fund (Arbaro). Arbaro is projected to sequester over 20 million metric tons of CO2 in its lifetime and create more than 5,000 jobs in remote areas. Arbaro aims to invest in and actively manage a well-diversified […]

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Goodbye to the indigenous forests of Africa

Ilkka Norjamäki

Unless there is a drastic change in our actions, it is highly likely that in a few years we will be saying goodbye to the indigenous forests in many African countries. That is why there is a demand for sustainably managed planted forests and Finnish forest management skills, writes Ilkka Norjamäki, Forester and Investment Manager […]

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Why sustainable forestry is good business? Chris Burchmore from FSC® Africa explains

“Sustainable forestry is good business. It shows, for instance, as better planning of operations, financial management, cooperation with local people – and at the end of the day, as better products, too,” says Chris Burchmore, Director of FSC Africa. Deforestation and degradation of forests is a global challenge. According to FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of […]

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