Comprehensive new standards has, for the first time, certified two reforestation projects, which are intended to improve the immediate ecosystem as well as fight climate change. These new standards have been launched by the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance. The projects are certified under the Carbon Forestry Project Standards.
As per the projects, trees will be planted over 3,000 acres of land, and they, altogether will be capable of removing over 850,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the next 30 years!
The areas are located on Panama’s Pacific Coast and in Tengchong, China, with the Panama project expected to grow to over 10,000 acres in the next decade.
These projects go beyond the Kyoto Protocol requirements, meeting 15 criteria that ensure helping to –
Mitigate climate change,
Conserve biodiversity, and
Improve socioeconomic conditions for local communities.
Toby Janson-Smith the director of Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance said,
We are thrilled to have the first two of many anticipated forestry projects to be certified under the CCB Standards. After all the hard work by some of the world’s top NGOs, companies and research institutes … it is satisfying to see the CCB Standards making a real difference on the ground.