TerraCarbon LLC ® is a leading advisory firm that helps develop and sell carbon offsets to fund forest and wetland conservation around the world. We believe that innovative approaches that place a value on nature and provide incentives for conservation are critical to addressing climate change, improving the availability and quality of freshwater, protecting biodiversity, and alleviating poverty.
We have worked with our clients on more than 30 projects around the world that have protected and restored more than 5 million acres of forests and wetlands and have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million tons.
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 massive potential of forests and wetlands to reduce greenhouse gases, and believed that results-based, carbon market incentives could unlock this potential. They also recognized the complexities of emerging carbon markets and the need for specialized expertise to help conservation projects gain access to this new source of funding.
We operate under a traditional fee for service consulting model, and do not take equity ownership or credit ownership in the projects that we advise. This model puts us on the same side of the table as our clients and allows us to provide unbiased advice.
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.
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.
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.
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.