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Thursday, 24 September 2020
International Paper and The Nature Conservancy Scaling Natural Climate Solutions

By: Brad Kahn

In August 2020, International Paper and The Nature Conservancy announced a new partnership to develop a suite of forestry practices to create solutions to climate change. Originally tested in Indonesia and Gabon, the new initiative will focus on carbon sequestration and biodiversity monitoring in Mexico and the Central Appalachian region of the US.

The effort builds on the first phase, which focused on strengthening and expanding the use of Reduced Impact Logging for Climate Mitigation (RIL-C) practices. The second phase will bring RIL-C and bioacoustic monitoring, along with FSC certification standards, to establish a next generation of climate-smart forest practices and products.

“We are thrilled to work with TNC on developing sustainable forestry practices that will have climate and biodiversity benefits,” says Sophie Beckham, Chief Sustainability Officer at International Paper and recent board member of FSC-US. “What’s more, our work in Phase I, and soon in Phase II, represent solutions that can be replicated by those who do the work on-the-ground at scale in multiple geographies around the world.”

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