TerraCarbon LLC is an advisory firm that develops and supports initiatives that value the ecosystem services provided by forests. We believe forests and market-based solutions are critical to addressing climate change, improving water quality, protecting biodiversity, and alleviating poverty.
Our expert staff has more than 50 years combined experience in forestry, natural resource management, remote sensing, community engagement and sustainable finance. Our extensive project experience, range of subject matter experts, and collaborative, problem-solving approach sets us apart.
TerraCarbon was formed in 2006 by Scott Settelmyer, former CFO of the Chicago Climate Exchange, and Dr. Bernhard Schlamadinger, one of the world’s leading forest carbon experts. Scott and Bernhard recognized the significant potential of the forest and land use sector to reduce greenhouse gases and deliver valuable environmental and social co-benefits, and the power of markets to reach this potential by providing results-based incentives. They also understood that specialized expertise was needed to help navigate the complexities of quantifying, communicating, and funding these benefits.
Collaboration: Effective projects requires the collaboration of various stakeholders. We collaborate by listening to our clients and building project teams that include client staff and local people.
Trust: The trust of our clients and partners is critical to building a successful collaboration. We build trust by being transparent and consistently delivering on our commitments.
Capacity Building: Sustained success of restoration and conservation project activities depends on building strong local capacities. We freely share knowledge and help train local people to help build these capacities.
Science: The markets for ecosystems services are credible only if they are supported by sound science. We hire and partner with experts in the fields of conservation, forestry, forest ecology, and remote sensing sciences.