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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.