New Initiative on Climate Positive Forest Products

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New Initiative on Climate Positive Forest Products

The Climate Smart Forest Economy Program (CSFEP) is a partnership between the World Economic Forum, the World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and EU Climate-KIC, with support from the Good Energies Foundation and Dalberg. The CSFEP aims to increase usage of climate-smart forest products – those that bring climate benefits while meeting social and ecological safeguards. Working in partnership with WRI, TFD will be leading the stakeholder dialogue pillar of the project: exploring viewpoints and barriers to scaling Mass Timber construction practices. Ultimately dialogues will inform CSFEP’s approach to unlock the climate benefit of forest product utilization with effective safeguards.

Starting with a scoping dialogue in 2021, TFD will bring together stakeholders to explore varied viewpoints, discuss major research gaps, and identify future action that can be taken to move beyond currently entrenched viewpoints and fracture lines. The first dialogue will focus on “Mass Timber” construction as a case study to explore broader themes present in the ongoing discussion around how and under what circumstances timber and forest products can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.