Life Forest CO2

Life Forest CO2


The European Life Forest CO2 project aims to promote carbon compensation projects in forests as a tool to mitigate the carbon footprint of companies or public authorities.
A company wishing to compensate its CO2 emissions can finance a project to improve carbon sequestration in the forest through 3 types of operation: planting in an area under agricultural decline, restoring a dying or damaged stand or improving an existing stand by thinning.
The CNPF connects forest owners who wish to carry out forest operation with companies wishing to finance forestry projects. CNPF calculates the accumulated carbon gain over a certain project period.

The owners are the only ones to bear the extra costs of forestry operations that improve atmospheric carbon sequestration and thus limit global warming.
To develop this new means of helping reforestation or afforestation, it is essential to make companies aware of the role of the forest.

The company subsidises part of the work, the rest being borne by the owner. In Nouvelle Aquitaine, as part of Life Forest CO2, a project was carried out in Dordogne on an area of 1 ha between a private forest owner and a public hospital establishment.
Europe gives grants to the CNPF for the work of establishing contacts and drafting carbon contracts in France.

Type of wood
Origin of wood
Mobilization Potential
Kind of wood concerned
Stemwood, woody biomass
Sustainability Potential
project integrated into a sustainable management document
Impact on environment & biodiversity

exploitation only in dying or damaged stand
planted species adapted to the ground, and climate change

Ease of implementation
Economic impact
New aids for foresters
Job effect
Income effect
Specific knowledge needed
calculation of the amount of carbon sequestered
Key prerequisites


Forest management, ecosystem, resilience
Digital solution
Country of origin
Scale of application
Cross-border/multi-lateral (several countries)
Start and end year
2016 -
Contact data
Owner or author
References and Resources
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