Forest BackgroundSafeguarding Against Harm
Our platform enables owners to find, assess, and verify the benefits and risks of their initiative.By bringing together on-the-ground actors with forest economy experts, CSFEP Safeguarding against harm provides the framework, knowledge, and resources needed to ensure that initiatives have a positive impact.
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A scientific framework for actionDeveloped in collaboration with Michigan State University, our framework is built on a scientific basis that translates existing research and best practices into an effective and accessible tool for initiative owners across the world.
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Anyone can join our platform to add their own initiative or to support and collaborate with existing initiatives. After signing up, you can explore current and past initiatives to learn more about forest economy initiatives or to share your own knowledge.

You can also post your own initiative on our platform by providing details that will help others understand your context.

After posting the initiative to the platform, owners will be asked to score its impact on the 20 core risk areas. These include climate, societal, and economic issues. Each area is attributed its own score that ranges from “possible co-benefit” (if the initiative is positively affecting the issue) to “high risk” (if the initiative has potential to negatively affect the issue).

Detailled guidance will be available to the user at every step.

As soon as an initiative is published, community members, including CSFEP-appointed experts, can add their own assessment of the risks and benefits of an initiative, completing the same 20 issue areas as the owner.

After all assessments are completed, they will be published to your initiative's page. By comparing assessments, owners can verify their assumptions.

Having identified all higher-risk issues, users can suggest actions that may help to mitigate the risks that the initiative is posing to a respective issue area.

One of our goals is to allow for cross-pollination of ideas and knowledge across initiatives. Past data is therefore used to guide and effectively recommend actions to new users.

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