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Natural Capital Solutions For A Low Carbon Economy

Syngenera supports corporate sustainability action across three themes: decarbonization, circular economy, and inclusive business practices. We do this through identifying and managing large-scale natural capital concessions (~10,000 ha +), such that corporate strategic partners can invest directly for the purposes of forestry carbon credits (avoided deforestation, reforestation), sustainable agroforestry production, and the creation as well as support of community-centric non-timber forest enterprise (NTFE). Syngenera is initially focused on Indonesia and has incorporated a team of professionals with decades of in-country forestry management experience. Since our inception in 2016, we have accomplished the following: 1) Completion of a database assessing over 3,000 potential forestry projects throughout the country 2) Identification of priority concessions available for our ‘Phase One’ of investment that meet our core criteria: • Maximization of carbon sequestration and carbon offset potential • Creation of meaningful work and economic opportunities for local communities through sustainable agroforestry and NTFE • Positive conservation and biodiversity impacts 3) Continued development of a database that quantifies project interventions as ‘SDG outcomes’ that can be delivered to investors alongside traditional financial returns and carbon offset off-take Agreements. 4) Agreements with a number of corporate strategic partners and development finance institutions for technical assistance and potential financing

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Social causes

Beneficiaries

SDGs covered

Market of Implementation

  • Indonesia

Problem

Conservation and restoration of forests are critical climate solutions, however, there can be significant risks in investing in stand-alone forestry carbon projects. The current prices for forestry carbon offsets are too low and uncertain in order to attract private sector investment, and must compete with palm oil or other financially attractive monoculture commodities. The resulting negative externalities (e.g. biodiversity loss, land degradation, etc.) are not quantified in the investment evaluation.


Natural capital concessions that integrate carbon emissions reduction, biomass and other social and environmental capital require complex analysis. These natural assets provide numerous benefits e.g. soil enrichment, biodiversity protection, employment gains, food and water security, climate adaptation and other ecosystem services. However, most project developers are unable to quantify the value of low-carbon and ecosystem services which may impact investment decisions.

Solution

Syngenera is an enterprise committed to raising the standard of living by promoting entrepreneurship within a commercial, value-added framework. We develop natural capital assets using proven sustainable forest conservation & reforestation methods that monetize tropical, bio-diverse regions that are threatened by deforestation. Syngenera has identified a significant “land bank” of eligible natural capital assets that can provide benchmark financial returns in addition to generating substantial natural and social value.


Our mission is to :

  • Develop natural capital concessions in a manner to maximize conservation and carbon sequestration
  • Combine cash flows from carbon offsets with sustainable agroforestry development
  • Contribute to the supply of sustainable biomass for greener energy systems
  • Innovate with local communities to generate sustainable livelihoods in and surrounding natural capital concessions
  • Quantify the natural and social capital impacts from our projects and develop innovative technology for our partners
  • Promote positive economic development with new supply and logistics routes and infrastructure to promote regional trade

Type of Carbon Reduced/Sequestered

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)

Amount of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Avoided/Sequestered

90,000 Ha of conservation forest is approximately 280,000 tCO2e/year

Means of Measurement

The carbon sequestration is based on the 1) avoided deforestation, 2) reforestation, and production of bioenergy to offset fossil fuel. The figure provided are an estimate based on assumptions about the area of conservation, area of sustainable biomass and bio energy production.

Project’s Environment & Climate Capability

Climate Risk Reduction

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