Forest Carbon Offsets
Carbonfund.org Foundation offers forest carbon offsets, which are essentially carbon offsets (also known as verified emission reductions or VERs) issued from a forestry project. These forestry projects include afforestation and reforestation activities, along with forest conservation and improved forestry management. There are also other land use projects, which are closely related to forestry projects, such as grasslands conservation, peatland conservation, and blue carbon projects.
In the past, Carbonfund.org Foundation helped to originate two afforestation and reforestation projects. The first such project is known as the Return to Forest Project, a ~1,000 acre reforestation project in Southwestern Nicaragua. The second such project is known as the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Afforestation Project. This project, located in Northeastern Louisiana, is approximately ~1,870 acres. In addition to originating these two projects, Carbonfund.org has also provided support to a wide range of additional tree planting and forest carbon offsets around the world.
More recently, Carbonfund.org Foundation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CarbonCo, has financed the origination and assists with the ongoing implementation of four, forest carbon offsets projects in the Brazilian Amazon. These forest carbon offsets projects, known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects, are forest conservations projects with a community and biodiversity component.
More specifically, CarbonCo’s REDD+ projects are known as the Russas, Valparaiso, Purus, and Envira Amazonia Projects. These projects are located in Acre, Brazil and collectively, are reducing approximately 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, conserving upwards of 300,000 hectares, and directly benefitting 2,000+ local community members. Local community projects and programs include, but are not limited to: generating local employment opportunities; facilitating doctor, dentist and nurse visits; renovating schools; building community bathrooms and building onsite health clinics; working on titling lands to local communities to strengthen their land tenure rights; and hiring agronomists to teach more sustainable forms of agriculture to local communities.
To learn more about forest carbon offsets, please visit Carbonfund.org Foundation.