Working with the City of Glasgow, the Partner Forest Program brought a two-week exhibition on the critical role of cities in reducing tropical deforestation to COP26. The key components of the exhibition, the Partner Forest Coffee Truck, Pavilion, and Boardwalk, became venues for visitors to touch, taste, and learn about forest-positive food and timber products and the communities on the frontlines of conservation that produce them.
Brooklyn Bridge Forest
New York City has an opportunity to be a leader in protecting forests and the climate by choosing to renovate the historic wooden boardwalk using timber sourced from a well-managed “partner forest” in the tropics. Unlike substitute materials like plastic lumber, choosing sustainably sourced timber addresses the root causes of deforestation by supporting local communities that have chosen to safeguard – and even restore – tropical forests.
Turin's Partner Forest Program
Turin’s Partner Forest was initiated through the leadership of Stratosferica, a group of tactical urbanists who have been helping local residents build their vision for a public gathering space in the city’s Precollinear Park. This connection resulted in a collaboration, under the auspices of the city administration, to design unique, placemaking outdoor furniture from conservation timber sourced from a Partner Forest. In workshops held in April 2022, volunteers, students, designers, and makers gathered to build the furniture for the site dubbed the Hermada Sustainable Hotspot.
From December 7th - 19th Montreal hosted representatives from 196 countries for COP15, the UN biodiversity conference. Along with attending talks in the official COP15 blue zone, our team planned three unique parallel events for local and global representatives to network, share ideas, learn through play, and imagine a collective sustainable future.
In 2022, Pilot Projects Design Collective started a new contract with the Peruvian National Council of Science, Technology and Innovation to help improve the social and environmental outcomes of the wood product manufacturing sector in the Amazon forest region of Ucayali. Together with a team of talented co-creators, Pilot Projects helped ten local woodworking companies by visiting their workshops, hosting innovation workshops, leading online courses and helping these ten SMEs design and build new physical prototypes that would help lead to better outcomes for the businesses, and ultimately the forest environment.
From June 15 - 16th 2023, Pilot Projects Design Collective partnered with Rainforest Alliance to run the first ever Selva Maya Conservation Timber Summit. The event brought diverse stakeholders together to reinvent a resilient value chain that connects the rapidly developing regional real estate sector with the ejidos community-based conservation system.
Selva Maya Summit
Copenhagen UIA + Partner Forest Launch
As part of the City of Copenhagen's 2023 World Capital of Architecture designation, Copenhagen’s Partner Forest was launched during the UIA 2023 World Congress. The events collaboratively developed by Cities4Forests, CPH Raft, Pilot Projects, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Municipality of Copenhagen, and LevasForest. Together, these organizations have supported the creation of two Partner Forest Pavilions, with one hosted inside of the main UIA conference as part of the FSC Lounge, and the other showcased as a floating structure during a side event in Teglværkshavnen harbour.
Georgetown's "Conservation Timber Works"
Conservation Timber Works tells the story of cooperation between community forestry, a major city, and a national government – all
committed to protecting tropical forests on behalf of the planet. This pilot is an example of public and private innovation being applied to improve urban wellbeing and address the climate crisis. It will showcase Georgetown’s future Sustainable Wood for Cities policy, which will guide city procurement in future projects using timber of any kind, species, or source.
Through the Cities4Forests initiative, Pilot Projects, WoodConnect and the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) will deliver a sustainable tropical wood skills project with conservation timber from the Brazilian state of Amazonas. The project was launched in September, and will allow students to produce unique public infrastructure for Galway County Council to consider incorporating into their broader spatial plans, such as Galway’s Sustainable Mobility and Transportation initiatives.