Developing a science-based approach through academic research and field studies is key to supporting the development and long-term sustainability of our projects. Our research provides evidence of the impact Nature-Based Solutions have on socio-economic conditions, biodiversity, soil health and climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also helps us to channel funds to the most effective and impactful projects.
PUR Lab, our in-house research and expertise hub, combines 6 years of research experience on our impacts and their valuation with a strong network of external scientific partners. The mission of PUR Lab is to provide science- based information on our projects through research and impact studies, and to better value the ecosystem services achieved through the work we are doing in community-based ecosystem restoration projects.
PUR Lab’s activities include:
“[…] Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
The PUR Lab coordinates research studies on our projects that can be adapted to a wide variety of objectives and budgets.
The studies aim at demonstrating the added value of the client’s funding on the ground, as well as providing more detailed information to feed into qualitative or quantitative reporting on a specific indicator or area of interest.
1. Extensive literature review and desk work
PUR Lab has developed an extensive library of research regarding how environmental projects impact ecosystems, local communities, supply chains and involved companies. The scientific publications are analyzed and classified according to specific criteria: climate, geographic zone, raw materials, plantation models, evaluation methods, etc. This contributes to the design of our evaluation and monitoring protocols, bespoke research programs, as well as the assessment of the potential economic value generated by agroforestry.
2. Monitoring and Evaluation protocols and designing unique research programs
Monitor and evaluate the impacts of our projects on carbon, soil, water, biodiversity and livelihoods. Our approach is based on our literature review and combines:
4. Valuing the ecosystem services generated by trees
In addition to conducting individual studies at the project level, PUR Projet has also developed a tool to value the economic benefit of ecosystem services generated by each of our agroforestry projects. This tool is based on:
3. Field activities with local teams and partners
PUR Lab defines the global approach and framework methodology, facilitates researchers’ field work and logistics, compiles and analyses all research data and results and connects academics with corporates. Field studies are conducted in order to measure the key impacts in the projects. These studies also contribute to our scientific database and refining a model that PUR Lab has developed to estimate the potential value generated by our activities.
UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES
COMPANIES INVESTING IN SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY
PUR PROJET AND LOCAL FARMERS GROUPS