Editor’s Note: The Nature Conservancy’s senior Forest Carbon scientist, Bronson Griscom, crazy science guy that he is, recently made the decision that — “before he bursts” – it was time to share with the world his love for Forest Carbon. We learned this to be true upon mysteriously receiving his diary via interoffice mail, which was enclosed with a brief note. Admittedly, none of us were surprised when we discovered this was going on. We’d seen the way Griscom looked at forests before and our suspicions were validated when we learned Griscom had indeed been stealing away to study forests for years – even going so far as to receive a Ph.D. in tropical forest ecology. That fact, combined with Griscom’s dashing good looks (think a combo of Buzz Lightyear and Jim Carey … or, you be the judge) and seemingly infinite charm and we knew this romance might just be the real thing.
Entry #4: The M-word … and Babies?
Oh happy day. Sound the trumpets. Ring the bells. We’re getting married soon! I gave Forest Carbon a diamond ring in Cancun just this past December. Man, those things cost a fortune! Anyways, things are still a bit stressful, and the to-do list never gets shorter, but we are really excited about our future.
Already we are finding success in unexpected places. Some tropical countries, perhaps partly as a matter of pride in their developing global status, are pledging self-funded commitments to better protect their forests beyond what we expected, and are beginning to deliver on those commitments. We’re working on strategies that avoid cheating (leakage) and discounting carbon credits where leakage does occur. Part of avoiding leakage in any relationship is simply engaging in fair play and good communication. We know it will take a long time to build the kind of relationship we aspire to, and there will be a lot of twists and turns in the road, but this is a long-term commitment. We’re committed and will keep working on it every day.
I am also confident that our success together will, in the coming years, feed emerging programs for valuing other natural benefits like water and biodiversity. Our solutions to some of the challenges we have struggled with for making REDD a global success, like setting fair national baselines for measuring reductions in carbon emissions, avoiding leakage, and other things like ensuring permanence of those carbon emission reductions, can help us build the positive links between our economy and other types of natural benefits that are beginning to take shape.
So, we’re already talking about babies! But first, it’s time to get in the car with Forest Carbon, put the roof down, turn on the ignition, throw on some Chris De Burgh and ease on out onto the open road.
Bronson Griscom is Senior Forest Carbon Scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
Photo by: Peter Ellis/The Nature Conservancy (Bronson Griscom in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil)
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