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.

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:

The Chocó-Darién Conservation Corridor

The Chocó-Darién Corridor is a REDD+ project that been verified by both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA). Located on 9,910 hectares of cloud forest in the Darien Region of Colombia, Chocó-Darién is the first REDD+ project developed in South America and the world’s first REDD+ project to be issued credits for conservation activities carried out on a community-owned, collective land title.

The additionally of this project comes from the creation of a fund that will establish alternatives to  conversion threats from livestock, agriculture, and logging in the corridor. In total 14 different initiatives will benefit from the fund that must adhere to either building capacity effective management to enforce conservation of the land or developing economic alternatives and incentives to conversion. Implementation of the project will create forty full and part time jobs in the community and at least 50% of net profits will be invested in alternative livelihoods development for local populations. The corridor contains two world heritage sites with at least 86 locally known endemic species. The Project Design Document can be found here.

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

Verification: Verified Carbon Standard, Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance Crediting Period: 2010 – 2040 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 100,000

REDD Project In Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre de Dios, Peru

The Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Brazil Nut Concessions in Madre de Dios, Peru is an ongoing community-based emission reduction project in the Peruvian Amazon.

The project was created to protect approximately 300,000 hectares of biodiversity and natural resource rich primary rainforest as a means to balance out the the construction of the interoceanic highway, that has connected the Western Coast of Peru to the Eastern Coast of Brazil, and to safeguard social and ecological heritage in the region. This protected land serves as a precious habitat for numerous endangered plant and animal species, including the Giant River Otter and the Andean Cock-of-the-rock. The project boundary is also home to rural communities and businesses whose livelihoods depend on sustainable harvesting of Brazil Nuts from the surrounding ecosystem.

The funds generated from the carbon market will establish a collectively held land title for close to 400 families in the community to ensure long-term ownership of the land they survive on from conversion into large scale agriculture or mining. The fund will also provide a safety net during low yielding seasons, through microloans, to keep individual businesses afloat during hard times.

Success in this project will be measured through protection of the aforementioned endangered species, protection of the rights of the local communities, and the continuation of sustainable Brazil Nut harvesting for generations to come. A Project Description can be found here.

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

Verification: The Verified Carbon Standard Crediting Period: 2010-2040 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 200,000

Jari Amapá REDD+

The Valley of Jari is home to over two thousand rural families and serves as an ecological corridor that connects several important Conservation Units (SNUC) in Brazil. Three major rivers (Jari, Cajari and Maracá) flow within the project region and contribute to it’s rich biodiversity. Currently, the Valley of Jari serves as a home to over 2,000 species, 133 of which are listed as endangered on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) list. These endangered species include the jaguar, sun parakeet, spider monkey, spectral bat, and Guiana crested eagle.

Taking into account the value and vulnerability of the Valley of Jari, the Jari Amapá REDD+ project activities are designed to promote forest conservation, decrease deforestation and related GHG emission, and preserve natural resources in the region.

The direct economic opportunities for the region, supported by the project, are vast. They include agricultural production of Açai Berry, cassava and other vegetables, fish hatcheries, and apiculture. The project has also established a farmers’ association, empowering them to access public services, markets and credit, in addition to training on management skills.

A more comprehensive project description can be found here.

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

Verification: The Verified Carbon Standard Crediting Period: 2011-2040 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 115,000