Asorpar Colombian Reforestation

Offset Program/Registry: Verified Carbon Standard / Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standard

Estimated Annual Emission Reductions: 58,000 metric tons CO2e

The Asorpar project is a community-based emission reduction project that focuses on the restoration of degraded areas and reforestation in the Orinoquia and Andean regions, two unconnected mountainous areas in northeast and northwest Colombia.

In areas that have been devastated by years of open cast alluvial gold mining, illegal coca plantations, and destructive livestock farming practices, this innovative forestry project supports permanent reforestation of native species and seeks to promote the sustainable management of forest resources.

As opposed to the common practice of reforestation through monoculture tree plantations, the Asorpar project focuses on the re-establishment of a rich forest ecosystem through a mixed native species approach. Twenty native tree species have already been planted in the 1,266 ha pilot area, leading to the return of another 117 secondary plant species and a multitude of animals. The project also led to the new habitat for endangered animals such as the mountain tapir, oncilla tiger cat, spectacled bear, and the critically endangered grey-bellied night monkey.

Local communities have also benefited from the socio-economic impacts of this project. About 150 jobs have been created to establish vital alternative livelihoods in land preparation, land planning, seedling propagation, planting and maintenance, forest protection and utilization and ecotourism in regions that have long depended on illegal and destructive activities. By introducing new, ecologically sensitive methods for battling mosquitos, the project will also work to reduce the commonly used practice of poisoning breeding ponds with oil – a practice that negatively affects community health and the local environment.

Support of this project will contribute to scaling impact to another 9,640 ha of land, expanding the total project area to 10,906 ha.

Rio Preto-Jacundà REDD+

Offset Program/Registry: Verified Carbon Standard / Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standard

Estimated Annual Emission Reductions: 397,380 metric tons CO2e

The Rio Preto-Jacundà Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project is an ongoing community-based emission reduction project located in a 94.3 ha extractive reserve in the Machado River Basin in the state of Rondônia, Brazil.

Located in the Amazonian ‘Arc of Deforestation,’ the project area faces pressures from squatters, illegal logging and the informal expansion of smallholder farms and ranches that has led to a 23% loss of forest cover since 2000. Apart from the detrimental effects on the environment, these external pressures also impinge on the resource rights of the rubber tapper community that has historically called this area home. Faced with the challenge of protecting their trees and preserving their traditional livelihood which involves the sustainable extraction of forest products, the Rio Preto-Jacundà community developed a multi-use management plan for the sustainable use of the extractive reserve.

This project supports the implementation of this plan, which aims to avoid the deforestation of at least 35 thousand ha over the duration of the project and provide community benefits to the 130 families that are directly affected by the project activities.

The community benefits of this project include: the potential for increased income generation through the development of agroforestry systems that produce high-value non-timber forest products; the improvement of housing and sanitary conditions; and the establishment of schools that provide child and adult learning services. Through the training of community members as health care agents, this project is also expected to provide significant improvements in community health by building capacity to monitor and control the most common and lethal diseases.

The avoided deforestation from this project will benefit the immense biodiversity found in the area.  The Machado River basin is home to 273 flora species and 787 fauna species, several of which are endangered, including the black-faced black spider monkey and the white-breasted antbird.

Scolel Té

Scolel Té is a community-based sustainable land use project. Its verifiable CO2 sequestration and emission reduction benefits are generated as a result of a range of land use activities involving afforestation and reforestation, agroforestry, forest restoration and avoided deforestation. The project name means ‘the tree that grows’. It is located in Central and northern Chiapas and northeast Oxaca, southern Mexico. The project involves more than 670 producers and close to 50 communities. Some producers are sizeable community producer groups. In total about 2,400 Mayan and Mestizo families are linked into the project. Its Environmental co-benefits include the soil stabilisation and the conservation of threatened ecosystems and native species. The social co-benefits of the project are the increased resilience and ability to adapt to climate change, the poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods through improved agricultural productivity, as well as the improvement of the social capital through participatory planning, capacity-building, transfer of knowledge and skills, stronger community structures and a reduced dependency on aid. A Project Description can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: Plan Vivo Foundation Crediting Period: 2008-2016 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 100,000

Bull Run Overseas

The Bull Run Overseas project is a REDD+ that has been verified by both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA). The specific additionality related to the project is based on the fact that the funds coming in from carbon finance are used to avoid conversion of 666 hectares of broadleaf forest into agricultural land. The Mountain Pine Ridge is a unique ecosystem in Central America that was devastated by the Southern Pine Bark Beetle blight that occurred from 1998-2002. As an additional component of this project the project developer is practicing Sustainable Forest Management in the region to protect the ecosystem from further blight and natural disturbances (i.e. fire from the tracks of dead trees still standing) as a way to bring the region’s ecological health back to pre-1998 levels. Sustainable Travel International has spoken with local businesses in the region, professors that study the exotic species in the ecosystem, and the project developer to verify the quality of the ongoing conservation efforts. A Project Description can be found here.
bull run overseas

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: The Verified Carbon Standard & The Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance Crediting Period: 2009 – 2038 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 12,315

Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative

The carbon pollution generated from burning and clearing tropical forests is comparable to the greenhouse gas emissions from all of the world’s cars, trucks, and planes combined.  To combat this issue, the Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative is protecting and restoring 450,000 acres of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, thereby reducing tropical deforestation in the San Martín region of northern Peru – an area twice the size of New York City.

Conservation International is working together with the Peruvian Government, as part of the Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative, to provide sustainable economic opportunities to local families in the area, while protecting a critical watershed that supports the 240,000 inhabitants of the Alto Mayo Basin, and safeguarding the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, home to over 1,000 unique species, including rare birds, amphibians, plants, orchids and the Yellow-tailed wooly monkey that are native to Peru.

The Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative is addressing the main causes of deforestation in the area by working directly with local communities. Over 200 families have pledged not to cut down the Alto Mayo’s trees, in return for agricultural training and other benefits, such as educational materials and medical supplies. One example of the Initiative’s progress in the community, thus far, has been technical assistance and training in organic coffee production by qualified professionals for coffee farmers within the community.

The Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative project was successfully validated under the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards through an independent audit of the project’s design and methodology.

You can learn more about the project on Conservation International’s website and read the project description here.

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This is an emission reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: The Verified Carbon Standard & The Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance
Crediting Period: 2009-2018

Projected Annual Emission Reductions:
 515,250

GreenTrees ACRE

The GreenTrees ACRE project is an afforestation and ecological conversation project that has been registered through the American Carbon Registry. The environmental and financial additionality realized through this project is generated from an increase in biomass around the banks of the mighty Mississippi River throughout seven states in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) of the United States. As the bottleneck of the fourth largest watershed in the world, the MAV is an essential natural resource for all of North America. Unfortunately, the MAV has suffered from deforestation for many years to where 24 million acres of forest have been reduced to less than 5 million. As a result of this depletion, the quality of water has decreased, the river dynamic has changed and the wildlife has been dramatically affected. The funds generated from carbon offsets will be used to plant and grow trees on the degraded lands to convert obsolete agricultural lands back into hearty ecosystems. To accomplish this the site managers are planting both fast growing cotton woods and native hardwoods to efficiently replicate the previous dynamic. The project developers are committed to implement and monitor the project for 40 years and have set a goal of restoring 1 million acres of marginal lands. In addition to the direct environment benefits of reductions in soil erosion and increased biodiversity, the project fosters social inclusive growth for the local community through job creation and timber supplies. A Project Description can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: American Carbon Registry Crediting Period: 2010-2030 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 550,000