Reforestation & Avoided Deforestation Projects

Reforestation and forest preservation carbon offset projects are part of the global warming solution. Forest-based carbon offset projects fight climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil and have many co-benefits for the community and local wildlife. Forest preservation creates jobs, maintains and expands wildlife habitats, protects biodiversity, and improves local environmental quality.

Much of the world’s tropical rainforests have either been cut down or are directly threatened with imminent deforestation. Deforestation and forest degradation have resulted in species loss and direct contribution to global warming. Moreover, deforestation accounts for over 20 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions – more than the entire global transportation sector! Our reforestation and avoided deforestation offset projects meet the toughest industry standards.

Forestry projects absorb carbon emissions for years and decades into the future. Your support of these projects is reducing emissions over several decades. Fight global warming. Protect biodiversity. Help communities. Support forest-based carbon offset projects.

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Location: USA
Project type: Reforestation Project
Standard: American Carbon Registry
Verification/Validation: Environmental Services, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Restores watershed alongside Mississippi River
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Restores wildlife habitat

Community Benefits

  • Local employment
  • Improved area for recreational activities and tourism
Project Description

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Initiative aims to reforest at least one million acres throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. Considered North America's rainforest, this region is a vital habitat for migratory birds and numerous plant and animal species. The project will also sequester CO2 emissions. Previously encompassing 22 million acres of temperate forest, the region now holds only four million acres of unfarmed forestland.


Location: Acre, Brazil
Project type: Forest Conservation and Avoided Deforestation
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance Standard Gold Level
Verification/Validation: Scientific Certification Systems   

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Mitigate climate change
  • Conserve habitat for endangered and threatened species
  • Improve local water quality
  • Retain top soil and control erosion

Community Benefits

  • Establish alternative sources of income and employment opportunities
  • Social projects and programs such as building a new school and health clinic

Project Description

The Acre, Brazil REDD+ Forestry Projects (Russas, Valparaiso and Purus) seek to help protect and conserve tropical forests by providing payments for ecosystem services.  This type of project is known as a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation project (REDD project).  Project activities intended to reduce deforestation are implemented in and around privately-owned properties in the State of Acre, Brazil and are funded by payments related to emission reduction credits generated by the projects. Project development involved meeting with the local communities surrounding the project area, engaging Acre state officials working on similar strategies at a regional/state level, developing a plan which will result in lowering the pressure on land and forest resources in consultation with the local community, and putting into operation the REDD project implementation plan. 

In addition to providing a wide-range of ecosystem services such as preserving wildlife habitat, there are numerous social projects and activities designed that include providing local communities with agricultural extension training, building a local health clinic, improving the local school, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods.