Your ideas can change the future of forests.

The XPRIZE Foundation partnered with the Kimberly-Clark Corporation to create The Future of Forests ImpactMap, with the goal of identifying the critical breakthroughs necessary to usher in a preferred future for the world’s forests.

We now need your help to design the next XPRIZE which can bring us closer to our preferred future state of forests.

We imagine a future where forests live in harmony in an environment that balances a healthy ecosystem with humanity’s changing needs, including economic growth, social progress, and political stability.

We are asking you, our valued community member, to develop ideas for potential XPRIZE competitions in one of the six below topic areas during the next six weeks.

Participants are eligible to win U.S. $2,500 for their ideas, which will then be further refined by XPRIZE Foundation staff and potentially become an XPRIZE competition in the future.

Forests are home to over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity and over 20% of the global population depends on them for their livelihoods.

For centuries, they have been a valuable source of food, water, shelter, and medicine, and serve a vital role in our survival by providing us with breathable air by absorbing atmospheric pollutants and carbon dioxide.

However, primarily due to human activity, the rate of loss of forests currently exceeds the rate of restoration of forests and over 18.7 million acres are destroyed every year.

In order to preserve life on land and human well-being, we need to live harmoniously and sustainably with these forest ecosystems, so they can continue to provide valuable resources and services for generations to come.

We have created six topic areas to organize breakthroughs that could help us achieve our preferred future:

Alternative Wood Products

Sustainable and bio-friendly wood alternatives to assume the market share of traditional wood products.

Decoupling land from food production

Affordable alternatives to existing production methods to diminish or remove the need for unsustainable farming and forest conversion.

Fighting deforestation

New technologies and science to regenerate and maintain forests globally.

Value of forests

Cultural shift to reduce consumer demand for unsustainable forest products.

Renewable Energy Production

To replace coal and firewood and reduce the land footprint of biofuels, solar panels and wind turbines.

Carbon Sequestration

Strengthening the role of forests in carbon sequestration and storing.

How Can I Participate?

  1. Click the button at the bottom of this page to register.
  2. Click the “Create a Team” button on the top right corner.
  3. Go through the material under the “Resources” tab and decide on one of the six topic areas.
  4. Go to the “Activities” section to fill out the “Submission” and “Competition Agreement” forms.
  5. Submit your prize idea by 11:59pm PST, March 8, 2019.