The impact of projects

Measuring impact to empower our action

Evaluating the impacts that our projects deliver over time has a two-fold objective:

LEADING EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

Monitoring how impacts change over time makes it possible to effectively contribute to social and environmental issues by promoting the regeneration of stable ecosystems and by supporting the implementation of adaptive management. It also makes it possible to improve how we learn in order to design projects that keep getting better and better.

DRIVING BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

Enabling companies to quantify and put a price on the impacts related to their actions is essential for promoting the transformation of business models and reacting to changes in regulatory, technical, political and institutional frameworks.

Impact indicators set up around 4 poles

Impact indicators are determined when the project is designed. They are tailored to the project’s context, type and challenges and are articulated around Reforest'Action’s 4 multifunctionality poles, the same poles that the stability of ecosystems relies on.

The 3 phases of impact assessment

This approach is currently in under development and will be available on select projects in 2024.

Impact forecasts and project design

The forecasting methods rely on mathematical models, scientific literature and data to estimate the future impacts of projects. Taking the project’s context (issues, risks, opportunities and characteristics of the site) and the needs, objectives and capacities of the project leader into consideration, their objective is to evaluate the quality of the project design (adaptation, multi-functionality and stability of the project), and, if necessary, to suggest ways to improve the projects’ design. Impact forecasting allows our contributors to project themselves into quantified impacts upstream of the project, in order to adapt their contribution to their needs and their own impacts.

Monitoring the implementation of project action points

During the first 5 years of the project, we verify that the project action points, on which the impacts of the projects are based, are being carried out as planned. These may include setting up a nursery, training programs, tree planting, installing protections, tree maintenance work or events for raising awareness. These initial checks are crucial because the project is still young, which makes it easy to take corrective action if necessary. This information allows contributors to better project themselves into bringing their projects to fruition.

Long-term impact measurement

The aim is to track projects using a combination of methods, enabling to us both supervise their progress and health, as well as to measure their impacts on biodiversity, climate, the soil/water system and communities. Monitoring can be remote (surveys, remote sensing) or carried out on site (focus groups, field protocols). Measuring projects’ impacts and progress makes it possible to observe their multi-functionality, to check that they are resisting disruptions and that they are renewed. It also makes it possible to better support the project from cradle to grave, by implementing management adapted to the changes to the project and its context.

Some impact measurement methodologies are already available, while others are being developed by our "Research and Innovation" unit.