Field Projects

Carbon Offsets in Forested Ejidos of Veracruz

The objective of this project is to strengthen community models of sustainable development through activities compatible with the management, use, and conservation of the forest, as well as the customs and traditions of the inhabitants of the region. To this end, we seek to achieve an initiative that benefits the owners of the land most of all.

Basic information

  • Huayacocotla and Zacualpan, Veracruz
  • Sound forest harvesting
  • Carbon offsets certified by CAR
  • Commitment to fixate carbon for at least 30 years
  • 40 workers in the field

Project Overview

The different stages of the project are the following: 1) Delimitation of the project area and activity areas, 2) Review of the eligibility criteria, 3) Elaboration of the baseline survey of carbon already stored in situ, 4) Monitoring of the growth and health of the trees (for each ton they gain in wood, they capture approximately 500 kg of carbon through photosynthesis), 5) Verification by a third body to ensure that our measurements are correct, 6) Certification of the project and the amount of CO2 captured by the observers of the Reserve of Climate Action, 7) The emission of the carbon offsets corresponding to the project is reflected in the account of the forest owner. They are never in the hands of anyone other than the final buyer. 8) The companies offset their greenhouse gas emissions and their contribution goes directly to the ejido through this process.

Details

Problems of the area

Not enough remuneration has been found in the management, use and conservation of the forests in the area, despite being very important activities in the mitigation of climate change, due to the natural reservoir of carbon sequestration that they offer.

Size and magnitude of the project

The magnitude of the project in the Huayacocotla region is representative as it has a possible participation of 90% of the ejidos that make up said municipality.

Benefits

Carbon offsets generated by projects for the sustainable management of forests are important because they guarantee the conservation and management of ecosystems. They generate income for landowners, provide access to new markets and business models, help combat the effects of climate change, and enable future generations to use those same resources. In the case of this area in particular, the forestry activity is deeply rooted, since it creates an important economic spill and generates jobs for the inhabitants of the communities and the municipality itself.