PUR LAB

PURPOSE: QUANTIFY AND VALUE THE  ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

 

Developing a science based approach through academic research and field impact studies is key to support the development and long term sustainability of our projects. It brings evidence  of the impact of Nature-based solutions on climate change mitigation, socio-economic features of beneficiaries, biodiversity, soil health and adaptation to climate change. It also helps channeling funds to the most effective and impactful projects.

 

That is why we have created the PUR Lab: our in house research and expertise hub which is a combination of PUR Projet experts (agroforestry, soils, carbon, study methodology, …) and external scientific partners. The mission of PUR Lab is to provide science based information on our projects through impact and research studies, and to better value the ecosystem services achieved through the work we are doing in community-based ecosystem restoration projects within supply chains.

  • Structuring the research undertaken at PUR Projet: support in developing protocols and methodologies to evaluate projects, 
  • Coordinating analysis and reporting
  • Sharing the results across PUR Projet so that we can learn from our research.
  • Centralizing PUR Projet’s subject expertise and connecting the organization with relevant universities and experts to build external recognition for our work around the world.

 

“[…] Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

W.Bruce Cameron

FIELD STUDIES : UNDERSTANDING PROJECT CONTEXT, MEASURING IMPACTS

 

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 impacts, as well as providing more detailed information to feed into qualitative or quantitative reporting on a specific indicator or area of interest.

STRATEGIC

Measure and value impacts of activities within supply chains, beyond classic KPI reporting (number of trees, number of farmers)

A wide array of topics to choose from including Carbon, Soils, Water & Microclimate, Biodiversity, Livelihoods

Improve project activities iteratively with study results

ADPTATBLE

Client Interests: Most of our studies encompass multiple topic areas that can be refined with the client

Scale & Scope: Qualitative or quantitative results (depending on sample size), Communities & regions studied

Budget: Large range of budgets depending on the sample size, the tools used, the academic expertise required

SCIENTIFIC AND FIELD

Local expertise through nationally-accredited consultancies to best adapt to local contexts and languages

PUR Projet supervises the tools and methodologies used to maintain high-quality and consistency across projects

Internationally-renowed academic experts to strengthen and review our approach

OUR KEY ASSETS

1. Extensive litterature review and desk work

PUR Lab has developed an extensive library of research regarding environmental projects impact assessment on ecosystems, local communities, supply chains and involved companies. The scientific publications are analyzed and classified according to specified 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 to the assesment of the potential economic value associated to agroforestry.

 

2. Monitoring and Evaluation protocol & Design of unique research programs

Monitor and evaluate the impacts of our projects on carbon, soil, water, biodiversity and livelihoods. Our approach is based on our litterature review and combines:

  • Design of research protocol and of relevant tools with international academic partners
  • Fieldwork based on local experience and expertise
  • Analysis using Statistical Tools
  • Reporting and Visualization

 

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4. Impact valuation tool focussed on Trees : Economic Monetizer

PUR Projet has worked on a tool (“The Monetizer”) which aims at assessing the value generated by an agroforestry project and compare projects impacts thanks to a common indicator : monetary value.It is based on:

  • Identification of Ecosystem Services provided by trees and review of 1, 200 Scientific Studies
  • Classification of these ecosystem Services into main categories of impacts: soil, water, biodiversity, climate, livelihoods, social, and corporate impacts
  • Quantification of services by a modelled adaptation to local contexts and economic valuation of Ecosystem services
  • Iterative improvement by field research and impact evaluation

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 provides linkage between academics and corporates. Field studies are conducted in order to measure concisely the key impacts in the projects.

These studies also contribute to our scientific database and refining the calculation that measures the value creation potential of our actions (monetizer).

Stakeholders: SCIENTISTS, CORPORATE, PROJECTS

 

 

UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES

  • Engage students and researchers for field studies on PUR's project sites
  • Bring scientific background and academic support (review and validity of protocols, data interpretation)
  • Collaborate and bring support for scientific publications
  • Host research in specialized research labs

COMPANIES INVESTING IN SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY

  • Assist in implementing research protocols within their supply chains
  • Value ecosystem services provided by projects
  • Share their expertise on quality, supply and market
  • Participate in thesis and research work

PUR PROJET AND LOCAL FARMERS GROUPS

  • Develop Nature Based projects, especially agroforestry
  • Co-build and implement measurement protocols

 

PUR PROJET

  • Define the global approach and the framework methodology
  • Facilitate researchers' field work and logistics
  • Compile all research data and results and coordinate the analysis of the results
  • Provide linkage between communities, academic and corporate stakeholders