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With this initiative, and in addition to holding the “Forestry and Climate Change – To Copenhagen and Beyond” forum, the Steering Committee of the WFC 2009 hopes to reflect the importance which such problematic holds for the international forestry community.

Further to an agreement with EcoSecurities, a leading company in the carbon market, it will be possible to calculate the WFC Carbon footprints, which EcoSecurities will compensate with carbon credits.

A carbon footprint is the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by activities mainly associated with energy consumption (electricity, heating, transportation, etc.). In this case, carbon footprint calculation will be focused on indirect emissions, specifically air trips made by the participants, which represent the main source of emissions. However, it will likewise be important to consider direct emissions generated as a result of congress planning, such as staff trips and energy consumed in hotels and at the congress venue.

Once emissions have been assessed, and with the objective of reaching carbon neutral ranking EcoSecurities shall grant VERs (Verified Emissions Reductions) to the WFC in order to compensate for the emissions generated by the congress. These VERs come from Nobrecel Biomass project, a co- generation project using biomass residues as fuel in Brazil