How to Get Involved with Reforestation Projects

May 19, 2021
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Reforestation projects are an important part of slowing down the rapid pace of climate change. The loss of trees can cause global warming, soil erosion, flooding and increased greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Getting involved in reforestation projects can help prevent climate change while also having many benefits for the indigenous people and animals who live in the region. The Environmental Defense Fund believes that “slowing or stopping deforestation is a near-term, cost-effective option for significantly reducing global emissions.” It is clear that reforestation and forest preservation are critical strategies in the fight to sequester CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and help turn the tide against climate change.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by global problems but there are many things that ordinary people can do in the fight against our changing climate. Carbonfund makes it easy for businesses and individuals to get involved with reforestation projects worldwide. Carbonfund has many reforestation projects around the globe including in the Brazilian Rainforest, the United States and Panama.

Carbonfund supports several reforestation projects in Brazil including The Purus Project, The Russas-Valparaiso Projects and The Envira Amazonia Project. Other forestry projects that Carbonfund supports include the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Initiative and the Panama Reforestation Project

The Purus Project is a forest conservation project in the State of Acre, Brazil. It covers approximately 86,000 acres and is expected to mitigate the release of nearly 900,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate climate change, conserve the habitat of endangered and threatened species, improve local water quality and retain top soil to control erosion. The Purus Project also establishes alternative sources of income and employment opportunities for the local population as well as building a health clinic and donating school supplies. 

The Russas-Valparaiso Projects are forest conservation projects in the State of Acre, Brazil. They cover over 173,000 acres and are expected to mitigate the release of approximately 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefiting local communities. The Russas-Valparaiso Projects are establishing alternative sources of income and employment opportunities, providing agricultural extension training and granting official land tenure to the local residents. The projects also have social benefits such as building a health clinic, renovating the local school, building toilets and distributing mosquito nets.

The Envira Amazonia Project is a forest conservation project in the Sate of Acre, Brazil. It covers approximately 500,000 acres and is expected to mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. The Envira Amazonia Project has many environmental and community benefits such as conserving the habitat for endemic bird and threatened tree species as well as commercializing the collection, transport and sale of açaí, rubber and medicinal plants. 

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Initiative is a reforestation project in the United States along the lower Mississippi River. This project aims to reforest at least one million acres throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. This region is a vital habitat for migratory birds as well as numerous plant and animal species. This project will also sequester CO2 emissions which mitigates climate change while restoring the watershed along the Mississippi River, reducing soil erosion and restoring wildlife habits. The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Initiative also benefits local employment and improves areas for recreational activities and tourism. 

The Panama Reforestation Project is a reforestation and forest conservation project in the Chiriquí, Veraguas, and Darien Provinces in Panama. The goals of this project include reforesting nearly 25,000 acres of abandoned cattle pastures alongside the Pacific Coast of Panama, enriching local biodiversity and protecting downstream watersheds. The Panama Reforestation Project has used over 50 different native tree species and has planted more than 1.9 million trees on over 7,000 acres. Nearly 500 acres are being conserved and approximately 60 full-time jobs have been created due to this project.

Carbonfund is committed to providing the highest quality standards for carbon reduction and reforestation projects. The hallmarks of Carbonfund’s quality criteria are third-party certification standards, third-party validation and on-going verification that projects meet those standards and third-party annual audits. By getting involved with third-party certified carbon reduction and reforestation projects through Carbonfund you can trust that your purchases are being used exactly as intended and are meeting the highest possible quality standards.