Our Focus Areas
Cocoa is a multi-billion dollar industry linked to extensive deforestation in the tropics. Industry leaders and governments are committing to zero-deforestation cacao supply chains. However, these commitments have yet to translate into significant improvements in forest management. Developing tracking systems that give a competitive market edge to zero-deforestation cacao will help establish the incentives needed to maintain sustainable cacao value chains on a grand scale. We are currently developing Blockchain+ pilot projects with partners in Ivory Coast, the largest cacao producer in the world.
Charcoal production is a major driver of deforestation throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Gaiachain is currently developing a Blockchain+ pilot project with Malebi, a women's association in Ivory Coast dedicated to the production of sustainable charcoal. More details coming soon!
Timber importers face high regulatory barriers to access the EU market, and current tracking systems make it difficult to trust the validity of legality claims. Gaiachain is developing a blockchain-based system to track legally harvested timber from high-risk countries to help ensure that legal loggers have the market advantage over illegal loggers. In doing so, we aim to support implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) agreements in timber producing countries.
Unfortunately, the list of common products linked to deforestation is rather long and includes palm oil, soy and beef to name a few. We'll be expanding our scope as our Blockchain+ system evolves.
We have over 20 years of combined experience supporting complex forest conservation programmes in developing countries. This includes over 5 years working with demand and supply side actors to strengthen forest governance, particularly in the context of the EUTR. In addition, our CTO is a skilled developer with expertise in multiple blockchain platforms, including Hyperledger Sawtooth. With our expertise in forest governance, demand side policies and blockchain technology, we are well suited to develop the innovations needed to help zero-deforestation supply chains become a reality.
What makes us unique
We go beyond applying blockchain to supply chains to develop tools that reduce risk and increase compliance in the context of pro-forest demand side measures. We tailor our innovations to specific demand side policies, such as the European Union Timber Regulation, and voluntary zero-deforestation declarations, such as the New York Declaration on Forests. In addition, our Blockchain+ approach takes into account the limitations of blockchain technology to build and maintain trust among value chain actors.
We are currently seeking to expand partnerships for pilot activities. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org