Start of a plantastic season!
Dive into this November’s newest achievements
After weeks of anticipation, the much-needed rain has finally reached our planting sites. This is fantastic news that will enable us to leverage the progress achieved in the last few months: our catalog now includes 300 different native species, our new encapsulation system allows us to produce around 2000 seedpods per hour, our 2nd seedpod model ensures higher germination rates, our planting capacity has tripled, and our analysis capacity has increased tenfold.
These numbers bring great news to our scaling challenge, promising a higher quality and quantity of reforestation.
Pascal, Co-founder of MORFO
🌳 Project focus: Fazenda das Palmas
This month, our operational team went planting in the municipality of Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. This large experimental project, in collaboration with ITPA, an NGO with which we already worked with, aims to predominantly revive biodiversity by restoring ecological corridors.
This project has a strong direct social impact by giving employment opportunities and mitigating slope hazards, safeguarding the local community and infrastructure.
🌰 Women seed collectors in action
Marie de Lassus, our Seed Supply director, joined a meeting of the Portal da Amazonia network. This network coordinates over 60 seed collectors in Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, in the Amazon region.
During the visit, Marie took part in a training workshop for a group of women who recently joined the collection network. They engaged in activities like identifying plant species, mapping collection areas, and weighing seeds.
🍃 The freshest MORFO releases
Our Reforestation Glossary is a concise compilation of terms central to the practice of reforesting. This resource covers key concepts, methods, and technologies involved in replenishing our planet's tree cover. From "agroforestry" to "carbon sequestration," explore the vocabulary essential for understanding and contributing to reforestation efforts.
In our upcoming webinar “Monitoring Reforestation Projects: Why, When and How,” to be held on December 12th, will delve into the reasons behind, the timing, and the methods involved in effective monitoring. This webinar will be in Portuguese, but you will be able to find the summary in english.
Our CEO, Adrien Pages, was featured on the Hardware to Save a Planet podcast. HSP is a well-known American podcast hosted by Dylan Garrett. Each episode delves into the technological innovations that inspire hope in our battle against climate change.
In October, MORFO hosted a webinar on the future of carbon credits to coincide with the release of MORFO’s new white paper. During this webinar, experts addressed key topics:
Understanding the fundamentals: exploring the basics of carbon credits
Projects focusing on biodiversity and socio-economic benefits
Monitoring and data: clarifying the importance of data collection in reforestation
🎮 Game: Tree, vegetable or shrub?
This month, we wanted to try something new with you: a game! Can you guess which is a tree, a vegetable, or a shrub in the picture above?
These are some of the plants growing in one of our projects in French Guiana! This reminds us that reforesting isn't just about planting trees but reviving an entire ecosystem.
👇 Answers at the end of this newsletter…
💼 We’re hiring!
We're excited to announce that MORFO is hiring! Multiple posts are available in:
🇧🇷 Brazil: CFO, Business Developer Intern and Senior Sales Executive
🇬🇫 French Guyana: Field Manager and Reforestation Operations Manager
🇫🇷 France: Software Engineer Intern
Apply now and become our newest MORFellow!
🔍 4 studies to read
We end this newsletter with a few articles, reports and papers that we want to share with you:
Sylvera’s latest Carbon Credits Report has been published. Still no AAA and AA projects for Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation. To learn why, read our CEO’s analysis.
According to a new study co-signed by 230 scientists, Biodiverse Forests hold a huge carbon sequestration potential – approximately 226 Gigatons (Gt) of carbon – BUT only if we reduce emissions. 39% could be achieved by restoring fragmented forests and cleared areas (about 61% by protecting standing forests).
This study by 18 international researchers highlights that just 2 different tree species can increase carbon storage by +35%, and having 2 to 6 species leads to an average +70% rise, calling for prioritizing biodiversity in carbon projects, rethinking ESG reports beyond tree numbers, and distinct funding for monoculture versus diverse forest restoration initiatives.
Half of the world's largest companies commit to net-zero emissions, but a third lack reduction targets; 37% cover Scope 3 emissions, with only 4% aligning with UN climate guidelines, per the Net Zero Tracker, showcasing a mixed scenario.
👉 Answers to the Game!
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The MORFO team