News

Dynamic global monitoring system for forest restoration​

Susan Cook Patton and Peter Ellis of The Nature Conservancy, together with TerraCarbon's David Shoch, have published a comment in Nature Climate Change titled "Dynamic global monitoring needed to use restoration of forest cover as a climate solution."  The authors argue that a global network of existing forest restoration projects with control plots and remote-sensing technologies is needed to rapidly update and refine estimates of climate mitigation potential, track progress towards restoration goals and course-correct actions to improve restoration outcomes.​Read the article here. 

A Letter to TerraCarbon’s Clients and Partners​

On behalf of the TerraCarbon team, we want to thank our clients and partners for their tireless efforts over the past 12 tiring months to advance conservation and the fight for a safe climate.  The pandemic brought new challenges for our clients and partners in 2020, particularly for those working with communities with little access to healthcare or with livelihoods impacted by the loss of tourism.  And it highlighted the need and the value of sustainable sources of finance, like carbon finance, to create resilient outcomes for nature and for communities.   Like many others, over the past year, we have had to adapt the way we work and to find new ways to support projects remotely.  Our usual field visits to survey site conditions, to gather data, to meet with stakeholders and to train field staff have been replaced by zoom meetings, screen shares, and cell phone and Facetime calls from the field to do the same.  It hasn’t always been ideal, but it has worked. Together with our clients and partners, we made important progress in 2020 to expand offset methodologies, to bring new nature-based projects to market, and to advise on key natural climate solution initiatives.  Highlights in 2020 included:  Read more

TerraCarbon Adds Ag Land Expert to Staff​

We are excited to announce that Dan Kane has joined TerraCarbon as a Senior Manager of Agricultural Land Management.  Dan will lead the agricultural land management practice at TerraCarbon and advise clients on the feasibility, design, and monitoring of programs that incentivize increased carbon storage in agricultural soils.  Dan is a leading soil scientist with extensive experience in applying the latest science and technology to measure soil carbon changes in agricultural lands. His past work and continued interest is helping develop cost-effective measurement tools that provide the basis for investments in improved soil management as both a climate mitigation and climate resiliency strategy.  He has been an active contributor to several industry working groups, including at Open TEAM, Nori, and the Ecosystem Service Marketplace Consortium, focused on field methods, technology, and accounting approaches to measure soil carbon changes. Dan is a PhD Candidate at Yale School of the Environment (expected completion in Spring 2021) and holds a Masters of Science in Plant and Microbial Sciences from Michigan State University.   He previously spent a few years working on small farms in Vermont, the Finger Lakes region of New York, and in western Washington raising livestock, making farmstead cheese, and growing vegetables.  For more information on Dan's background, click here.​

Novel approach to measuring biodiversity impacts of REDD projects​

Together with colleagues at Carbon Tanzania, University College London and Liverpool John Moores University, TerraCarbon's Rebecca Dickson, David Shoch, and Ben Rifkin have published a manuscript in a special issue of Forests.   The manuscript describes their work to combine deforestation models with species distribution models to quantify the habitat benefits of forest protection.  The article presents the Ntkatka Mountains REDD project in western Tanzania as a case study where the benefits of forest protection activities for chimpanzee habitat will be quantified.  This novel approach could be applied to quantify biodiversity habitat benefits for other species in the context of REDD or non-REDD forest conservation projects.  We're grateful to co-authors, Marc Baker of Carbon Tanzania, and Noemi Bonnin, Alex Piel, and Fiona Stewart, for their contributions and collaboration on this work. Read the article here.​

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