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.
“[…] 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 impacts, as well as providing more detailed information to feed into qualitative or quantitative reporting on a specific indicator or area of interest.
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:
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:
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).
UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES
COMPANIES INVESTING IN SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY
PUR PROJET AND LOCAL FARMERS GROUPS