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.