Planting trees in developing countries and using carbon offsets as a mechanism is continuously being discussed and questioned.

Are companies buying themselves out? Is there a risk of land-grabbing? Simultaneously, reducing emissions and mitigating climate change has become paramount. Many argue that natural climate solutions (i.e. tree planting) are crucial in our bid to reach the 1.5°C target and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 

This session, broadcast live as part of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) seminars during COP26, explores what constitutes a “good nature based climate offset project”.

In an attempt to generate large amounts of credits, offset projects often occupy land which could be put to better use and fail to holistically address the needs of local markets and communities. 

Land use projects must be useful for the local context. In Honduras there is great poverty and an unequal power balance. In this webinar panellists propose a co-designed carbon offset model to finance tree planting with smallholder farmers in Honduras. 



Webinar Panellists:

Johanna Grant, Climate strategist at ZeroMission
Kaj Török, Chief Sustainability Officer at MAX Burgers
Keith Bohannon, CEO at Plan Vivo Foundation
Neil Powell, Professor of Sustainable Development, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Magnus Bergström, CEO at Paskaia
Klara Fischer, Researcher, rural development at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Marvin Rodriquez, Forest Engineer Reforestation manager, at Paskaia SA, Honduras
Ranulfo Andares, Presidente, MASTA
Hector Lagos, Coordinador Programa Nacional de Reforestación, ICF

The session is hosted by Lars Dahmén from Paskaia and Claire Wigg, CEO at ZeroMission who also moderates the seminar.