CO₂ Forestry credits utilize a simple, easy to understand, 4 billion year old technology that captures and removes carbon from the atmosphere and stores it.  These forestry credits support healthy, growing forests and promote the protection and rebuilding of the global forest infrastructure.   Enhanced forest cover revitalizes critical habitat and biodiversity and offers a uniquely positive effect to the carbon balance of the planet that no other credit type can offer. The management and protection of the land provides a home for numerous indigenous tribes as well as sustaining and strengthening local rural economies in the region.

REDD Credits

The proposed credits are Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) credits developed in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon.  The project site, consisting of approximately 250,000 acres, is located near the town of Puerto Maldonado in Peru on the east side of the Andes Mountains. The project is located within one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, the Vilcabamba-Amboro Ecological Corridor. The recent completion of the Transoceanic Highway from the Brazilian Amazon to the ports of Peru on the Pacific Ocean has brought many changes to this rural region of the world. While many of the local inhabitants of the area have benefited from easier access to the outside world, opportunities for much larger-scale logging, mining and agricultural operations have opened as well.  The establishment of this carbon credit project helps to protect, manage and enhance the forest and those that inhabit it.

Environmental Benefits

  • Over 950,000 metric tons of carbon sequestration per year from the rainforest cover.
  • The project site is home to 4 endangered plant species as well as 31 endangered animal species.
  • Ongoing study and protection of endangered plant and animal species that live in the area.
  • The project established legal boundaries and ongoing protection from squatters and potential illegal timber and mining uses.

Social Benefits

  • In addition, the site provides shelter to numerous indigenous tribes including the Yine tribe as well as the Mashco Piro tribe in voluntary isolation and a number of not yet identified tribes living in and around the project site and buffer zone.
  • Sustainable community and educational development of indigenous communities.
  • The project developer and local Yine tribe jointly work together to protect and manage unauthorized river and overland access.
  • Additional projects are underway to build capacity in handicraft design and production as well as identifying potential sales markets. The Shiringa Natural Rubber Project is building organizational capacity to enhance production for a major eco-shoe customer in France. Business administration education is ongoing as well (accounting, time management etc.)
  • The addition of substantial outside employment opportunities has reduced the need for slash and burn subsistence agriculture and with ongoing education, locals are embracing sustainable methods for farming and logging the land.

Credit Certifications

  • Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) Third-Party Verified
  • Community, Climate and Biodiversity (CCB- Gold Standard) Third-Party Verified
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Credit Informational Library

Below we have provided links to much of the project development information created and updated as part of the on-going project development work: