We are an international consulting firm, spin-off of the University of Padova, that aims to restore the balance between people and nature. 

We support public and private organizations that want to make sustainable choices and adopt innovative nature-based solutions to improve the socio-economic and environmental performances of policies, projects and investments.

In all our services we guarantee quality and long-term sustainability through the three pillars that define our work: science, innovation and governance.

Supporting who wants to make responsible choices and adopt innovative nature-based solutions to improve policies, projects and investments.

Our areas of expertise range from forestry supply chains to regenerative tourism to maximise positive impacts on nature and people.


Technical assistance service for proposals “BioClima”

Regione Lombardia grants non-repayable capital funding to the managing bodies of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites and to public administrations for the realization of interventions of biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change and enhancement of ecosystem services of forests, protected areas and ecological networks in Lombardy, through the involvement of the private sector.

Do you want to become a climate positive company?

Discover the MARC approach, designed to accompany people and organisations along a path of environmental and social responsibility, a path that is not always easy and requires commitment and dedication.

Certify the sustainability of your destination

Thanks to us, you can get your tourist destination GSTC certified and optimise some of its core elements: governance, management and marketing.

Why investing in forests?

We provide advisory services to support investors throughout the investment process and management of the forest investment portfolio.

Find out how to enhance natural areas

Our territory has enormous environmental resources and is rich in natural areas that provide important ecosystem services to the population. The management of protected areas and natural resources is a complex subject. We therefore aim to tackle it with an interdisciplinary approach that is able to respond to institutional, technical and economic demands. An approach called GRAN.

zero deforestation

Regenerate your supply chain with EMMA

The main cause of deforestation in tropical countries is the expansion of agricultural areas. Find out how we help our partners to comply with the European Zero Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) which will oblige companies to make their supply chains safer and more traceable.


IT-FOR: technology in service of the forest

  • 2019 2022

IT-FOR Operative Group aims to promote digitisation in forestry and timber processing enterprises. To this end,, IT-FOR team is working to develop an innovative digital system which will increase these companies’ competitiveness: a web platform that will help enterprises to manage forestry sites and the marketing and traceability of timber.

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An integrated web platform for the development of forestry companies

FSC and the Ecosystem Services Procedure: a leading global standard and impact verification tool for forest ecosystem services

  • 2022

At the FSC General Assembly, held last October in Bali, members voted a policy motion to position FSC as a leading, high-integrity international standard for the certification of forest ecosystem services in support of mitigation strategies. The motion was presented by Etifor and was approved with an overwhelming and broad support.

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In the middle of the ecological and climate crisis we are facing, responsible forest management and protection of forests will lay a crucial role. If protected and well-managed, forests provide important benefits (also known as “ecosystem services”) in terms of CO2 sequestration and storage, biodiversity conservation, improvement of water quality, and many more. In 2018, FSC launched the FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure. The procedure is a tool that allows FSC-certified forest owners and managers to identify, measure, and externally verify the positive impacts of responsible forest management on five categories of ecosystem services. The main objective of this Procedure is to facilitate the access to ecosystem services markets and funds and financial resources for guaranteeing the restoration or conservation of the ecosystem services themselves. Since 2018, the Procedure has been tested and applied by many forest managers all over the world. Numerous companies have sponsored positive impacts on ecosystem services to develop projects that benefit both nature and local communities. From the beginning, Etifor has prioritized the ES PRO as our preferred tool for demonstrating positive impacts on ecosystem services due to its rigor and clarity. However, with an exponentially-growing international ecosystem services market – not only when it comes to carbon, historically the driving market, but also when it comes to biodiversity and water resources – the need for an evolution in the positioning of FSC and its Procedure in these markets emerged. For this reason, the FSC International Assembly – composed by hundreds of representatives from the environmental, social, and economic sectors from all over the world – has decided, through a policy motion, that FSC will have to position itself as a leading, high-integrity international standard for the certification of forest ecosystem services in support of impact mitigation strategies, including net-positive, and net-zero objectives of companies, organizations, and governments. The motion, presented by Etifor and two other members (belonging respectively to the social and environmental chambers), was approved with an overwhelming and broad support. “Yes” won obtaining 86% of the votes, reaching 90% in the economic chamber, 89% in the environmental chamber, and 78% in the social chamber. The assembly clearly agrees that the proper valuation of ecosystem services will bring numerous social, economic, and environmental benefits. Therefore, the FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure is a tool that can be used by private and public organizations to demonstrate their progress towards meeting sustainability and social and environmental responsibility targets. Thanks to the benefit sharing mechanism, foreseen by the Motion, it is ensured that the resources committed by the sponsors of ecosystem services effectively and efficiently get to the ground, to the forests, and to the communities that live and manage them. Thus, the approval of this motion clearly indicates the way forward to the Technical Working Group entrusted by FSC to review the Procedure. Etifor is also part of the group with Wesley Snell’s participation. Alessandro Leonardi, CEO of Etifor, comments: “The FSC framework will drive innovation and integrity to the existing ecosystem

New rules for companies under the European Parliament’s ambitious version of the proposal against deforestation

  • 2022

On the 13th of September, the European Parliament voted on a new version of the proposed regulation against deforestation. This version is presented as stronger and more environmentalist, accepting many of the amendments suggested by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

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On September 13, the European Parliament voted for significant amendments to the draft proposal of the European Commission for a regulation on deforestation-free products,  addressing many of the concerns raised by civil society in the past months. The modifications were suggested by the Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), and are included in their final report.  Among the major improvements, the European Parliament stressed the need to widen the scope of agricultural and forest commodities to include also natural rubber and maize, among others; extending the definition of “forests” to include other non-forest ecosystems  (such as the Cerrado savannah in Brazil); putting additional measures on financial institutions to ensure their activities do not back global deforestation. The Parliament proposal  also provided for the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities and smallholders and the protection of their territories, as well as stricter requirements for operators to undertake efforts to support smallholders’ compliance. Beyond what has been debated and voted on in respect of these  general topics, the Parliament amendments  also touched on other key operational aspects that will directly affect European companies importing and exporting goods and products falling in the scope of the Regulation. This article aims to present and shed light on such changes to prepare the ground  for businesses facing  the upcoming rules. While all modifications would worth the discussion, only the major ones affecting companies will be discussed herein. Enlarging the scope The EU Parliament strengthened the EU Commission proposal by enlarging the scope of commodities,  shifting the cut-off date -  after which commodities and products must be “deforestation-free” -  one year earlier, extending the definition of “deforestation” and including financial institutions to prevent them from supporting projects and/or activities linked to deforestation, forest degradation or conversion. EU Commission EU Parliament Deforestation  “Conversion of forest to agricultural use, whether human-induced or not” “Conversion whether human-induced or not, of forests or other wooded lands to agricultural use or to plantation forest” Deforestation-free Commodities and products, including those used for or contained in the products, were produced on land that has not been subject to deforestation, and wood that has been harvested without inducing forest degradation after December 31, 2020 Adds that commodities and products shall not have induced or contributed to forest conversion after December 31, 2019 Commodities scope Cattle, cocoa, coffee, oil palm, soy and wood, as well as products that contain, have been fed with or have been made using these commodities Adds swine, sheep and goats, poultry, palm-oil-based derivates, maize, rubber, and wood products, including charcoal and printed paper Financial institutions Are not included in the scope Shall exercise due diligence prior to providing services to customers whose economic activities consist, or are linked to, the trading or placing on the market of the commodities and products within the Regulation’s scope Obligations and Due diligence The text adopted by the Parliament clarified and complemented many aspects of the operators' and traders’ obligations within the

Etifor is a certified B Corp

  • 2022

This autumn we obtained the international B Corp certification and became the first spin-off of the University of Padua to reach this milestone.

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We are part of a global movement of companies that respect high standards of social and environmental impact

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