International Call for Best Practices: Sustainable Forest Management d Wood-based Solutions


Deadline: 29 february 2020

As part of the Post Paris Navigator, an initiative supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), brainbows calls for showcase projects in the field of sustainable forest management and responsible use of forest products in developing and emerging countries.


Forests and trees make vital contributions, both to people and the planet, bolstering livelihoods, providing clean air and water, conserving biodiversity and responding to climate change. Approximately 12 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, one-third of the CO2 released from burning fossil fuels, is absorbed by forests every year. At the same time, they provide protection against floods, landslides, avalanches, and desertification. Yet, instead of increasing the world's forest cover in line with the UN Global Forest Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, we currently lose forests at the rate of 48 football fields per minute.

The loss occurs mainly in developing and emerging countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, where forests and trees provide around 20 percent of income and subsistence for rural households. To protect, sustainably use and govern forests and maintain their essential functions as carbon storage, treasures of biodiversity, protectors, and providers of products and services, the private sector can make significant contributions through technologies, know-how and finance. Already today, private sector investment in the forest sector in developing countries is seven times greater than the total official development assistance for the sector.

Therefore, brainbows works with the support of ADA and together with the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA) on the Post Paris Navigator to match relevant actors, share know-how and facilitate forest-based and other climate projects providing inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment in developing and emerging countries.


If you are active in the implementation of forest-based sustainable projects in or together with developing and emerging countries and if you would like to present them to an international audience, take the chance and participate in this call!

We are searching for projects that...

  • contribute to the protection and sustainable management of forests, their biodiversity and ecosystem services,
  • deliver a positive climate impact, e.g. by maintaining/enhancing forest carbon stocks or replacing fossil-based by biobased solutions, and
  • relate to developing and emerging countries, thereby contributing to inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment on site.
  • Potential eligible projects include the provision of wood-based or other forest products and services, within the forestry and agriculture sectors as well as other interacting sectors such as energy, construction, textiles, cosmetics, food additives, packaging, tourism etc. Forest-related financing approaches and research projects will also be considered.

The projects submitted will be evaluated with regard to e.g. innovation, replicability and climate impact as well as their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Forest Goals. Together with selected submitters and experts, crucial success factors will be identified and summarized in a Best Practice White Paper for international stakeholders (see last year's report on Financing). In addition, their stories will be published on

Finally, the most outstanding projects will be invited to be part of the nexAUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT climate conference (e.g. via online media, as participants, or on a side event) on 26-27 May, 2020 in Vienna, with the participation of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jane Goodall and the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, amongst others.


  • Time required: approx. 20 min. (you may save your entries and resume later)
  • Language: please submit your answers in English (preferred) or in German
  • You can leave out questions that do not apply to your project
  • It is possible to submit more than one project (at any project stage)
  • Personal data will be handled in accordance with EU General Data Protection Regulation, specific project information will only be published after individual consultation.
  • For any questions please contact