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In the business of saving
Africa's rainforest

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Unlocking Africa's
natural offset potential

Iroko Analytics develops high-quality carbon and biodiversity offset projects in Africa's rainforest for ESG funds and corporations committed to net zero.

We are changing land-use incentives: right now, it pays to cut down trees. Our success means it will pay to protect forest cover.

We prioritize working with local communities who are at the frontlines of forest conservation in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo.

Our experience and regional network is augmented by our tech expertise, allowing our customers and investors to independently monitor “in real-time” their investments in the region.

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Scaling to succeed

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Demand for carbon offsets is skyrocketing, but the Congo Basin – the world's second-largest tropical rainforest, and last tropical carbon sink – has almost no such projects. Neither the rainforest nor its inhabitants can access this vital new funding mechanism.

Yet the potential is huge. $50bn per year would be enough to offset all deforestation-related emissions, leading to massive economic benefits for some of the poorest countries in the world.

Iroko Analytics is developing scalable processes, technology and know-how to become the reference and marketplace for all offset projects in Africa's rainforest, with an ambition to offset 10% of forested land in the Congo Basin by 2030.

Pilot project

We are developing an incentive-based system with a community forest in South-East Cameroon. Our innovative yet simple agreement will reward the local community and its leaders – in particular women leaders – with regular payments based on proven conservation of forest cover, biodiversity and carbon stocks.

We are teaming up with local civil-society organization Service d'Appui aux Initiatives Locales de Développement (SAILD), Women Actions for Poverty Alleviation (WAPAL), and others to identify pilot sites. Project development will begin in Q1 2023.

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Combining regional experience and tech expertise

We combine experience in the Congo Basin conservation sector with technology and business expertise, and are a Techstars portfolio company (Paris, 2022).

Using satellite imagery and machine learning as well as local participation, we are developing a monitoring platform that will ensure integrity over the entire project lifespan. Empirically provable results will guarantee not only impact for stakeholders, but also regular payments to local communities.

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Jules Caron (CEO)

Co-founder, CEO, an expert on DRC’s forest sector, has worked as a campaigner against deforestation and bio- diversity loss in the Congo Basin since 2012.

Misha Lepetic (CTO)

Co-founder, CTO, has worked as a knowledge management expert since 2002, and has created intelligence platforms for both the private and public sectors.

Join us

Africa's rainforest is at a crossroads. While the threats from deforestation and defaunation have never been greater, the boom in carbon and biodiversity offsets represents an unparalleled opportunity for the rainforest and its inhabitants.

We are seeking customers, investors, and partners to join us on this exciting venture. Join us to be part of the business of saving Africa's rainforest.

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