“Forests provide numerous essential services that need to be preserved and managed for future generations”.
Forests are a vital part of the carbon cycle and provide sequestration of atmospheric carbon through photosynthesis and storage in woody biomass of trees that can be harvested and processed into wood products resulting in extending the storage life based on the durability of the product. A critical key to this equation is sustainability of forest management to replace the carbon within the harvest cycle versus the current situation of forest degradation and conversion to non-forest use. A prime example is Indonesia where the loss of carbon through conversion of forests to oil palm especially in peat forests has resulted in the country being the world’s 7th largest emitter of CO2 behind China & USA.
Deforestation and poor forest management is a critical component in accelerating carbon emissions as well as causing continual destruction and loss of habitat for endangered species. GFS understands the importance of forests which provides numerous essential services such as photosynthesis, carbon storage, watershed, bio-diversity, medicines, habitat for wildlife, soil conservation and many more.
The international community has recognized the importance of forestry and the role it plays in the carbon cycle that includes sequestration and capture of atmospheric carbon. There is an increased movement around the world to establish Forest Carbon projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and other Voluntary standards such as the Global Conservation Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CBB) to preserve and enhance forest carbon and associated forest services.
Objectives of the Forest Carbon Services:
Global Forestry Services (GFS) Forest Carbon Services is designed to facilitate carbon capture and preservation through reduced impact logging and sustainable forest management as well as through forest rehabilitation projects that can be used to offset carbon emissions. Forest Carbon Services was developed in response to the need for professional support the development of carbon forestry projects to offset the global decline of forests and support Carbon Neutrality.
Forest Carbon Services can be integrated with the GFS Forestry Support and Investment Services to bring together investors and forest management companies in establishing viable carbon forestry projects. Projects can then be certified according to international standards for forest management under FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and certified carbon credits under the VCS and CCB standards.
Project Establishment and Methodology
The GFS Forest Carbon Services consists of 4 key phases coordinated with the needs of the client, which corresponds to the demands of the World Carbon market.