Carbonfund.org Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in the United States, supports energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, along with forestry projects via the purchase of forestry offsets. Forestry offsets, also known as forest carbon offsets, are available under a variety of different certification standards and are offered for many different project types.
For example, forestry offsets can be generated from projects such as:
- Afforestation and Reforestation;
- Improved Forestry Management (IFM); and
- Forest Conservation, often known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).
A relatively new emerging forest type, known as blue carbon, can include the restoration and conservation of mangrove forests.
Such projects can be developed in the United States and abroad, with countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, and Peru hosting many forest carbon projects.
There are a variety of certification standards under which forestry offsets can be independently validated and verified. These carbon certification standards include the:
- American Carbon Registry (ACR);
- Climate Action Reserve (CAR);
- Gold Standard;
- Plan Vivo; and the
- Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), which is the most widely used voluntary carbon standard.
Carbonfund.org Foundation’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo has developed four Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) carbon projects known as the Russas, Valparaiso, Purus, and Envira Amazonia Projects. These REDD+ projects, which are located in the state of Acre, Brazil, have been independently validated and verified to the VCS, along with the co-benefit standard known as the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS). The projects are working to avoid deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, while also preserving an extraordinary amount of terrestrial biodiversity and benefitting 2,000+ local community members by building local health clinics, renovating schools, and hiring agronomists to hep teach sustainable agriculture.