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Costa Rica Carbon Offset Wind Farm Project

Costa Rica Grouped Wind Project

This project will develop four wind farms which will provide power for Costa Rica’s electricity grid. Greenhouse gas emissions will be prevented by reducing reliance on fossil-fuel power plants.

Where & Why

Fossil fuels, such as oil, coal, and natural gas, are the world’s primary energy source. However, burning these fuels to generate electricity produces carbon emissions and comes at a cost to the planet. In addition to contributing to climate change, fossil fuel power generation can also lead to poor air quality and water pollution, which can be harmful to ecosystems and human health.

How & Who

This project reduces reliance on fossil fuels and prevents future greenhouse gas emissions by developing four wind farms in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province. These new wind farms will generate 382,634 MWh of electricity per year which will be transmitted into the country’s national electricity grid. This clean, renewable wind power will supply electricity that would otherwise be generated by fossil-fuel power plants. 

This project will help to reduce approximately 927,100 metric tons of CO2 equivalent over the course of its 10 year lifespan. Training and employment opportunities will be provided during the construction, operation, and maintenance phases of the project. In addition, the local economy may benefit from the predicted rise in tourism to the area. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change by producing clean energy

Community Benefits

  • Improves air quality
  • Creates local jobs
  • Provides economic benefits from increased tourism

Project Type

Energy

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

92,710 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Alisios Holdings S.A.

Project Documents

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Green Trees Carbon Offset Project

Green Trees

This project is reforesting 1 million acres of farmland in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley by planting and protecting trees. In addition to storing carbon, the revitalized forest will generate income for local landowners, provide a habitat for migratory birds, and prevent pollution from entering the Mississippi River.

Where & Why

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley is the largest floodplain in the United States, covering approximately 25 million acres in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee. Considered by many to be North America’s rainforest, the valley provides a vital habitat for many plant and animal species, particularly migratory birds. It is estimated that 40% of North America’s waterfowl and 60% of all bird species migrate along the Mississippi River.

Over the last 50+ years, the landscape of this region has dramatically changed. The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley was once covered by 22 million acres of dense hardwood forests, but much of this land has since been cleared for development or converted to farmland. Today, less than 20% of the original forest remains. 

The destruction of this critical habitat has come hand-in-hand with dwindling wildlife populations. The loss of this forestland has also resulted in increased soil erosion and nutrient pollution, which contributes to a decline in water quality and the expanding dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

How & Who

This project aims to reduce emissions by helping the Mississippi Alluvial Valley reach its potential to become a huge carbon sink. GreenTrees is the largest reforestation project in North America, with the goal of restoring 1 million acres of farmland into hearty forests. 

The project works with more than 500 local farmers and landowners who commit to planting and protecting trees on their agricultural land in return for carbon revenues. Native hardwoods are interplanted with fast growing cottonwoods to accelerate the growth and quality of the forest.

The project also supports sustainable tree harvesting, which creates jobs and additional income for local communities, as well as a supply of renewable biomass. In addition to providing a revitalized habitat for wildlife, the restored forests will play an important role in improving water quality by filtering nutrients out of runoff and preventing soil from washing into the Mississippi River.

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change by storing carbon
  • Restores wildlife habitat and protects biodiversity
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Improves water quality

Community Benefits

  • Provides revenue for low-income landowners
  • Creates local jobs
  • Enhances protection against flood damage
  • Provides a renewable biomass supply

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

553,037 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

c2i LLC, Virginia

Project Documents

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Garcia River Forest in California

The Conservation Fund’s Garcia River Forest

This project focuses on the sustainable management and restoration of Garcia River Forest in Northern California. By promoting selective timber harvesting, the project benefits the local economy while conserving massive Redwood trees which store substantial amounts of carbon.

Where & Why

Redwood forests store more carbon per acre than any other type of forest on the planet. As a result, it is incredibly important that we protect these vital ecosystems.  

The 23,780-acre Garcia River Forest is located in the heart of Northern California’s Redwood region. Decades of timber harvesting by the logging industry have severely depleted the region’s natural resources. What was once a flourishing habitat for threatened species such as northern spotted owls and Coho salmon is now a fragile ecosystem. In addition to the environmental damage caused by deforestation, soil erosion from old logging roads fills streams with sediment. As the forest becomes less productive, jobs are lost and the local economy suffers. 

How & Who

This project promotes the sustainable management and restoration of Garcia River Forest, which is owned and managed by The Conservation Fund. By encouraging selective timber harvesting, the project ensures logging continues to benefit the local economy without jeopardizing the fertility of this critical habitat. In addition to conserving wooded areas, the project’s restoration activities will help improve water quality and rehabilitate aquatic habitats.

The sustainable logging method being used in Garcia River Forest allows the remaining trees to grow bigger at a faster rate. This allows them to store more carbon – good news for our planet and climate! As a result of this project, 77,000 tons of carbon emissions are absorbed and stored by the forest annually. And by increasing ecosystem productivity the project also supports local jobs and enhances recreational opportunities for current and future generations. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Protects 23,780 acres of forest and 53 miles of streams
  • Mitigates climate change by storing carbon
  • Restores forest and aquatic wildlife habitat
  • Improves water quality of rivers and streams

Community Benefits

  • Contributes to the local economy and supports 206 jobs 
  • Offers new recreational activities

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

77,000 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

The Conservation Fund

Project Documents

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