Carbonfund.org’s Forestry Carbon Offset Projects
Carbonfund.org supports a variety of high-quality forestry carbon offset projects. These forestry carbon offset projects include reforestation or afforestation activities, along with forest conservation and improved forestry management.
For instance, Carbonfund.org supports reforestation projects throughout the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley and the Panama Reforestation Project. Such projects involve planting trees, which were previously cut down due to the expansion of agriculture. Reforestation projects provide local jobs, help reestablish critical habitat and can provide new recreational opportunities.
Forest conservation projects, known as the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects, have been developed by Carbonfund.org’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo in the far western state of Acre, Brazil. These projects are known as the Envira Amazonia, Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects. Such projects involve working with local communities to improve their agricultural practices in order to reduce the pressure placed on the surrounding tropical forests. In addition, a host of additional community benefits are provided like building health clinics, renovating schools, providing local employment opportunities, and granting land titles.
Carbonfund.org also supports forestry carbon offset projects that involve improved forestry management. For example, Carbonfund.org supports the Blandin Improved Forestry Management Project in Minnesota which has undertaken an approach that combines reduced impact logging with the establishment of conservation easements.
Collectively, these forestry carbon offset projects involve the ongoing implementation of project activities and the periodic assessment (known as a verification audit) by an independent auditor against a third-party certification standard such as the American Carbon Registry and the Verified Carbon Standard. In addition to these forest carbon offset projects, Carbonfund.org also supports tree planting projects. These tree planting projects do not involve the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) that forestry carbon offset projects require, but are a great, simple and cost-effective way to support tree planting activities around the world.