Brotto Lucio

I am a forester working in the field of ecosystem services, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and responsible forest investments.

I have international research, consultancy and field experiences in Europe, Costa Rica, Honduras, Haiti, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, DR Congo, Uganda, Angola, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

I work with ETIFOR, a private consultancy company and a Padova University spin-off, with forest investments and ecosystem services.

Language: fluent in English, Spanish and Italian with basics of French and Portuguese.

I graduated as SUTROFOR (Sustainable Tropical Forestry) MsC student in UK (Bangor University) and in 2015 I obtained the PhD FONASO (Forestry for Nature and Society) at the Technical University of Dresden and Padova University.

In my spare time I play rugby and I have fun with alpine ski & snowboarding! In my small family farm we produce clean drinkable water, mushrooms, berries, olive oil, firewood and wine.
Città /Località:Padova
Pagina web:


The joint e-course is offered by TESAF Department - University of Padua to the SUTROFOR and SUFONAMA Erasmus Mundus students enrolled at the 1st year in Copenhagen, Bangor, Dresden and Goettingen Universities.

The aim of the course is to give students a perspective of the political debate and practical tools concerning the role of forests in mitigating and adapting society to climate change. Emphasis is on best practices to be adopted in forest carbon projects as regarding carbon accountability, auditing and project management and monitoring.

Forest is playing an important role in the adaptation and mitigation of climate change, in particular in connection with the development of REDD+ projects (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and the increasing share of forest carbon projects in the voluntary carbon market. Central themes of the course are: (i) figure and facts of climate change (e.g. IPCC data) and their relationship with the need of developing community-based resilience strategies to reduce vulnerability of the society to climate change; (ii) definition of forest-based activities to mitigate climate change (e.g.: afforestation, improved forest management, REDD+) and the best practices to be adopted in project development as establishing reliable baseline, demonstrate additionality, ensure permanence, avoid leakage and secure co-benefits; (iii) overview of the institutional initiatives (i.e. the UN Convention on Climate Chanhe and its Kyoto Protocol) with a critical analysis of the past, present and future role of the forest sector; (iv) overview of the voluntary initiatives of carbon emission compensation related to the forestry sector with a focus on risks of green-washing and the need for quality control and quality insurance tools; (v) categorization, structure and implementation of the major carbon standards and market chain infrastructures as carbon registries, accounting methodologies, etc.; (vi) analysis of forest carbon project actors and phases, particularly looking at the validation and verification process, the fundraising, the monitoring and credit marketing aspects (support of two case studies); (vii) simulation of auditing process through the testing of additionality, baseline, permanence and leakage in two case studies.


This course is a result of an Erasmus+ funded Knowledge Alliance project (ECOSTAR), a high level and innovative project developed by 9 businesses and research partners including the University of Padova and ETIFOR (a spin-off of Padova University) as well as other organisations from UK, United States, Spain and Romania.

The course aims to guide students to acquire key concepts and high-level entrepreneurial skills by working with ECOSTAR's business partners, to convert innovative ideas into successful business plans and activities, in the field of production and marketing of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

Categoria: ALTRI ANNI ACCADEMICI / A.A. 2017 - 2018 / Corsi di laurea magistrale / AV2091 - FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2017)