We Provide what Leaders need

 

Forest management and watershed protection appraisals

Solutions to fund and prioritize protection and stewardship efforts


Why healthy forests matter

 

Forests are some of our most valuable natural assets – they provide climate stability, serve as carbon sinks, support a clean water supply, and sustain communities, especially indigenous groups and rural communities. Too often, their many economic benefits – from supporting biodiversity to restoring human health and well-being - are left out of decision making. Human development and climate change pose increasing threats. Global agricultural demands are driving deforestation and fires, droughts, and invasive species are damaging precious resources. Yet forests are truly resilience anchors – supporting climate mitigation, disaster risk reduction, drinking water supplies and other critical benefits. Sustainable forest management can help protect our forests.

Photo Credit: Miguel Vieira via Flickr

Photo Credit: Miguel Vieira via Flickr


Our Approach

 

Raising awareness of the value of forest ecosystems

Communities and decision makers are often simply unaware of the full value of forest ecosystems. We look at the broad benefits of forests – from large-scale impacts like influencing climate to local benefits like recreational opportunities, habitat, and water filtration. By identifying and monetizing the benefits that forests offer, we demonstrate their immense worth so that decision makers can make the best choices about how and where to invest.

 

Supporting protection and stewardship efforts that reduce wildfire risk, maximize carbon capture, and build biodiversity

Healthy forests capture and store carbon – in trees, soil, plants – and support rich biodiversity along with a range of ecosystem services, such as water filtration and flood risk reduction. At Earth Economics, we analyze and inform sustainable land use practices that assess and reduce wildfire risk, support carbon capture, and grow biodiversity. Our analyses help decision makers to make the best choices for climate mitigation initiatives and for supporting ecosystem services.