Forest-positivity is a footprint-reducing action, that has a positive effect on our climate. Forest-positivty is the first step towards achieving carbon neutrality.
As of April 2022, no trees have been planted yet. But this is solely because of Estonia’s climate provides only two optimal planting periods a year. The first of these is going to be in May 2022, when makeitneutral is about to plant around 50 000 trees.
Today, there is about 0.9 billion hectares of land ready for afforestation (size about as big as the USA). This is without reducing the area of cities or hindering agriculture. Afforestation and reforestation would help bind about 205 billion tonnes of carbon, which is about 30% of all man-made emissions.
The badge and certificate will inform your customers that your company is forest-positive and purchasing from your shop will help local forests. It is a guarantee that using your services or products have no negative impact on the planet.
by displaying the badge and certificate, people will know that you are making a big contribution toward a green and healthy world and providing all sorts of birds and animals a safe home that will be there for another 30-40 years.
The species of the trees depends very much on the location they will be planted in. For the best possible CO2 binding capabilities, the forests must have a variety of species, instead of just one. Seeing as our goal is added ecological value, instead of economic profit, we are hell-bent on making sure our sanctuaries are the place-to-be for wildlife.
That a tree will be digitalized and saved on the blockchain is best explained by saying, that along with a planting operation, a digital print has been made. That print will be stored online, to a freely accessible ledger, that does not allow later editing. This means, that the ledger will show, when and where a tree has been planted (along with an image). Based on this information, one can always go and visit the tree to ensure it being real.
Trees are planted in the country of the client. We intend to plant the trees on lands owned by makeitneutral forestry, that we call “makeitneutral sanctuaries”. In the sanctuaries, we maintain and care for the forest for 80 years. We do not aim to grow forests for economic gain, but to increase biodiversity and create new habitats for birds and animals. Our first planting project will take place in May 2022 and as of right now, all trees will be planted in Estonia. We have a trustworthy partner in Forestplanter, the biggest tree nursery in the Baltic region.
Most of the planting will be done by professionals, hired by our partners. However, we will be giving volunteers the chance to chime in and help.
We do not see our actions being of much help to the world if we were ran as a charity. We intend to serve nature, but through a complicated business plan to also fulfill the needs of different parties involved. Your contribution is most important to help us save ecosystems around the world and create additional value.
We are cooperating with different scientists and specialists to widen our approach from forests to algae and possibly farmlands. We will use the best practical approaches to achieve a diverse ecosystem.
We aim to avoid greenwashing and we do not wish to sell existing offsets. Our goal is to create additionality through afforestation. This does mean, that we sell the offsets in advance, but the trees planted in the ground for your emissions will continue to do their thing for the next 70-80 years. Every tree we plant will be tokenized and will get a traceable “fingerprint” in our blockchain ledger. This means all the information will be freely accessible for everyone. The aim of our tree-planting is not simply binding CO2, but to increase biodiversity and help ecosystems flourish.
Yes, of course. We have planned a potential cooperation with private land owners from the beginning. For this though, the land owner will have to sign a rental contract with Makeitneutral, which will help us ensure the wellness of our forests. We are working on solutions for landowners to make money on saving their forests, instead of cutting them down.
We are in progress of aquiring a green certificate from Bureau Veritas and a carbon certificate from VERRA. At the moment, the certificate (which is saved in blockchain) provides the client with authentic information of our cooperation having commenced. This gives the client the rights to use certain branding and badges, but also compels them to participate in our sustainability program.
Currently, the progress of receiving different certifications is ongoing. After planting the first trees in spring 2022, we also plan on getting an external audit. We also already are members of the Rohetiiger (Green tiger) organization. Rohetiiger is a multidisciplinary cooperation platform whose purpose is to create a balanced economic model for Estonia and the world. We are also holding consultations with Verra and we intend to have our projects Verra Carbon Certified.