We want to mitigate climate change, the biggest threat to humanity.
To win the race against climate change we need to find ways to absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it. Reducing carbon emissions, is not enough.
Forests play a central role in this.
In order to make the best possible use of its unmatched carbon sink potential globally, the current forest area must be drastically increased. Momentarily, however, there is no functioning and efficient market for this.
An urgent need for disruption – this is where we come in!
Brainforest is a non-profit association developing an impact driven venture studio for forests.
We are striving for game-changing solutions to unlock the climate potential of forests at speed, scale, and quality.
We focus on three key areas:
- Understanding existing market barriers(Brainforest Lab)
- Identify solutions and develop new business models(Brainforest Factory)
- Scaling them in coalition with existing organisations for global and rapid market reach(Brainforest Coalitions)
We are growing a family of ventures and coalition projects transforming the forest economy.
By 2023, Brainforest wants to have unleashed CHF 500+ million of new capital globally for additional forests significantly contributing to climate stabilization.
A powerful way to start –
our first Brainforest venture: a data and impact driven global online marketplace.
Based on latest technologies like high-resolution remote sensing and machine learning we are starting our family of ventures with a data driven online marketplace for forest. Helping companies, investors and capital to find, connect with, monitor and invest in trustworthy forest projects globally that match their climate goals and metrics.
It’s all about the right people at the right time …
Brainforest has been founded by a powerful combination of business entrepreneurs and NGO experts in December 2019 in Switzerland and is enabled by Engagement, a development fund of the Migros Group.
Our team & taskforce
Leo Caprez Co-FounderImpact & Fundraising
Susanne Wittig Co-FounderImpact & Strategy
Daniel Naeff Co-FounderVenture Building
Marketplace & Branding
Forest Solutions Entrepreneur
Forest Community & Policy
Environmental Economist & Entrepreneur
… and the right partners who believe in us!
We are proud to be supported by partners who share our mission and passion joining us in our journey!
About Engagement Migros
The Engagement Migros development fund supports pioneering projects, tackling the challenges of social change. They break new ground and test future-oriented solutions. To ensure the effectivity of this support, Engagement Migros supplements funding with coaching services provided by its Pionierlab. Engagement Migros is made possible by the companies of the Migros Group through an annual grant of approximately CHF 10 million. It has been supplementing the Migros Culture Percentage since 2012.
Brainforest was co-founded by WWF Switzerland
Join us if you would like to…
… contribute actively in our Venture Studio to unlock the global climate potential of forests
… invest in sustainable forest business opportunities that scale
… gain early access to proven MRV technologies reducing complexity and cost
… future-proof your climate strategy and meet stakeholder expectations
… get access to a coalition of forest solution knowledge & leading science
Let’s get ready to shape the future…
Why forests play a central role
Scientists reinforce the value of forests as the largest natural climate solution1, with an estimated carbon sink potential of up to 205 billion tons2 (equivalent to 66% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions3). Currently the potential of forests remains unused.
How forest economy and related markets work today
The market for sustainable forest products and commodities is not adequately developed to attract the capital needed to grow and transform forests into high-potential, biodiverse carbon sinks. The services provided by forests, such as storing CO2 or improving water quality, are not sufficiently rewarded by the market today. Accessing carbon markets is not possible for all types and sizes of forests and the process is complex, time-consuming and costly. Low-cost data interpretation and monitoring systems to inform investors are not available at scale.
As a result, there is not enough growth of environmentally sound forests at a time when this growth is critical.
1 Griscom et al 2017, PNAS – Natural Climate Solutions 2 S. L. Lewis, E. T. A. Mitchard, C. Prentice, M. Maslin, B. Poulter, Comment on “The global tree restoration potential”. Science 366, eaaz0388 (2019). 3 J.-F. Bastin, Y. Finegold, C. Garcia, D. Mollicone, M. Rezende, D. Routh, C. M. Zohner, T. W. Crowther, The global tree restoration potential. Science 365, 76–79 (2019).