We provide natural solutions to fight climate change through native forest restauration
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This photo shows our tree nursery and the forest land we are working on
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Where are you making a difference?
We are restoring Yungas native forest, which is located in Tucumán Province
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1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.
Jorge Bellsola, Seamos Bosques' CEO grew up watching his father work on degrated forests in Gran Chaco and learned the ropes of forest restoration as well as all the added value a native forest can bring. When he graduated from University and was deciding how he wanted to developp his carreer he saw the potential to link native forest restoration with the private sector's need to fight climate change and founded Seamos Bosques.
2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
90% of Argentina's native forest have been cleared in order to increase agriculture and livestock activities, the remaining 10% have also been degraded due to selective logging. There are a few mechanisms that promote forest conservation but none include reforestation efforts. Our aim is to provide a professional and trustworthy service for companies that want to become carbon neutral through reforestation plans that exceed their GHG emissions.
3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We developed the CO2 Neutral program, in which we help companies reach carbon neutrality by offsetting their emissions through reforestation.
1. Carbon footprint measurement
We have specialists to carry out a GHG inventory of your company according to international standards.
2. Offsetting plan
Based on the GHG inventory, different compensation proposals will be made according to the companie's needs, planting native trees.
3. Annual sustainability report
An annual report will be made on the progress of the planted trees and the intervened ecosystem. The state of the plantation and the ecosystem services of the regenerating forest will be detailed.
We have a Carbon Neutral Commitment seal that will serve as a distinctive mark to show that these companies are committed to the environment, as well as visual material to share on their platforms.
4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?
Traditional Carbon offsetting allows companies to compensate grown forests for the carbon they have already captured, thus generating an economical transaction. We want to go beyond that and give companies the opportunity to offset their current and future emissions throught long term reforestation commitment that will result in their very own forest.
Also we make use of mapping technology to provide specific location of the purchased trees for each organization and camara traps to monitor biodiversity. This ensures an excellent level of traceability that combined with annual repports consitute a tangible asset for the companies that choose our CO2 Neutral services.
5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?
We are currently in process to become a B certified company and support all B companies that pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Additionally we work with RAMCC (Argentina's Network of cities against Climate Change) to reach further organizations as well as other local organizations that promote native trees reforestation in urban contexts.
Our goal is to engage with policy makers to the federal level as well as local, we beleive it is critical to ensure long term sustainability and to scale up our efforts.
6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?
Since 2016 we have restored over 270 ha of native forest, planting over 60.000 trees and ongoing. We have positively impacted the comunity by creating 8 full time jobs in an area where most people only have access to seasonal employent. We are currently promoting small entrepreneurs that lead sustainable activities with the forest's environmental services such as traditional fruit picking for marmalade and apiculture to produce fresh honey. This is a community program that we have to develop in time gaining people's trust and respect. Moreover we plan to promote our project and the eco region as a sustainble tourism option that could indirectly benefit the local economy
7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
We are offering various variants of the CO2 Neutral Service that include aside from coroporate carbon footprint, personal carbon footprint and CO2 Neutral Events.
We estimate that if we keep going at the current plantation rate (12.000 trees per year) we will have restored our current area of project by 2030.
We have planned to move further north of Yunga's ecosystem, in Salta Province next with the same economical model and hopefully after that we can think of other areas to restore.
8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?
All reforestation efforts create value for society, not only the local community surrounding the forest but the global community. For our clients we are providing a long term GHG emissions solution and a distinctive approach to corporate social responsibility as well as Sustainable Developpment Goals contribution. For the local community we are providing full time, year-round employment and plan to create tourism value to this area that will result in local economy benefits.
9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?
We have currently determined our annual operating costs which represent the sale of 4000 trees with a unit price of 20 USD.
Since we started offering corporate carbon footprint calculation and offsetting we have received a constant demand for our services and support from various organizations. By the end of 2020 we should have a full client portfolio which will be composed of custum clients with long term contracts (2030)
10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?
We have a team of 6 young professionals working full time at our headquarters in Buenos Aires: A biologist who is in charge of the biodiversity program, a forest engineer in charge of the native forest restauration program, a carbon footprint specialist in charge of CO2 Neutral service, a marketing specialist in charge of communication.
We also have a team of 8 people in Tucuman working full time at the greenhouse and leading the reforestation activities throughout the year
11. How did you hear about this challenge?