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The role of Responsible Forestry in Carbon Removal

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

FSC Verification - Fostering sustainable forest management

Certification and verified impact are often regarded as key drivers for the development of carbon markets, in addition to serving as a cornerstone in achieving a sustainable future.

Nicaforest is proud to announce our project has once again been audited and certified under the guiding principles outlined by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Ensuring certified impact is a top priority for the Nicaforest project, and by conducting operations in accordance with the guiding principles set forth by the FSC, we set out to foster carbon removal in a way in which it achieves an impact beyond carbon mitigation.

Why are certification standards important and why should you take notice?

As the carbon market continues to expand, the need for ensuring accountability across nature-based carbon removal projects has become more prominent than ever before.

This in turn has placed increased emphasis on the role certification standards play in the wider scope of sustainability, as it’s these bodies that serve to certify planned projects, track their progress, and most importantly, ensure that they meet their outlined objectives.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization established in 1993 with the mission to foster responsible management of the world's forests.

Nicaforest workers pictures in safety geat
Nicaforest team pictured in safety gear

FSC outlines a series of 10 principles related to responsible forestry, covering issues ranging from ensuring project activities do not result in a negative impact on surrounding biodiversity, to fostering community relations and workers’ rights to improve the standing of adjacent communities.

Ensuring accountability in the wider segment of sustainability is key in order to meet the already-ambitious climate targets set forth by nations all over the world, doing so in a way that fosters co-benefits and abides by the wider considerations of sustainable development as a whole.

“If we fail to implement and foster standards in the carbon market, we’ll be opening the door for poorly designed projects that do not abide by governance protocols, achieve less impact than stated, and subsequently compromise the integrity of those meaningful projects.”

Øyvind Berg

Nicaforest Founder & CEO

We at Nicaforest believe in fostering certifiable impact and remain committed to increased accountability in a regulated carbon market.

Sustainable Forestry & Impact Beyond Carbon Mitigation

Sustainable Forestry is a fundamental pillar for our journey towards Net-Zero, and certification bodies such as the FSC are vital in order to verify the impact achieved by forestry-based carbon sequestration projects.

Through a continuous commitment to the guiding principles outlined by the Forest Stewardship Council, Nicaforest aims to ensure that our project activities benefit the wider community surrounding the project and present a blueprint for sustainable forest management in the region.

Plantation Manager Jimmy Hernandez guides NF workers
Plantation Manager Jimmy Hernandez guides NF workers

Principles such as fostering secure conditions for workers, continuous monitoring, effective management, and ensuring value-adding community relations, all play a key role in guiding our project operations in addition to nurturing initiatives that achieve an impact beyond carbon mitigation.

“As a reforestation project, FSC’s guiding principles provided a blueprint for sustainable forest management, and played a key role in how we approach the creation of a sustainable value chain built around forestry.”

Jimmy Hernandez

Nicaforest Operational Manager & Co-Owner

Looking for high-impact carbon credits? Check out the Nicaforest high-impact reforestation project and learn more about how mitigating emissions can achieve an impact beyond carbon.

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