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Ecosearch.co Uses Google Search, Facebook to Plant up to 500,000 Trees

Bethesda, MD, Sept. 8, 2011 – Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to announce the launch of Ecosearch.co, a free online search service that enables anyone to help protect the environment simply through their everyday web searches. Ecosearch.co generates revenue from Google, which it uses to support international reforestation projects.

 

Location: USA
Project type: Reforestation Project
Standard: American Carbon Registry
Verification/Validation: Environmental Services, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Restores watershed alongside Mississippi River
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Restores wildlife habitat

Community Benefits

  • Local employment
  • Improved area for recreational activities and tourism
Project Description

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Initiative aims to reforest at least one million acres throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. Considered North America's rainforest, this region is a vital habitat for migratory birds and numerous plant and animal species. The project will also sequester CO2 emissions. Previously encompassing 22 million acres of temperate forest, the region now holds only four million acres of unfarmed forestland.

Location: Near city of Manoel Urbano in the State of Acre, Brazil 
Project type: Forest Conservation 
Standard: Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)                                                                               Verification/Validation: Scientific Certification Systems                                                             Total Size: Approximately 86,000 acres

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Mitigate climate change
  • Conserve habitat for endangered and threatened species
  • Improve local water quality
  • Retain top soil and control erosion

Community Benefits

  • Establish alternative sources of income and employment opportunities
  • Social projects and programs such as building a new school and health clinic

Project Description


Purus Trees w borderThe Purus Project is a payment for ecosystem services forest conservation project, otherwise known as a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project, protecting approximately 86,000 acres of tropical rainforest. 

The Purus Project shall mitigate the release of nearly 900,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefitting local communities.Parrots in Purus

 The ultimate project activities are to undertake a forest carbon inventory, model regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and mitigate deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project.  Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures range from offering agricultural extension training courses to local communities and patrolling potential deforestation sites, to eventually building an onsite health clinic and granting official land tenure to the local communities. 

The Purus Project achieved Gold Level Distinction to the CCBS due to the Project’s exceptional biodiversity benefits.  A rapid assessment of the Project’s biodiversity discovered two endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List at the Purus Project.  These endangered flora species are Car-cara (scientific name is Aniba rosaeodora) and Baboonwood (scientific name is Virola surinamensis).

In addition to these Car-cara and Baboonwood endangered species, motion-sensitive cameras installed at the Project site to monitor biodiversity have photographed a short-eared dog (considered near threatened by the IUCN Red List), a jaguar (considered near threatened by the IUCN List), a giant anteater (considered vulnerable by the IUCN Red List), and a lowland tapir (considered vulnerable by the IUCN Red List).  Furthermore, the photograph of the short-eared dog is only the second photograph ever taken of a short-eared dog in the State of Acre! Puma in Purus Project

The Purus Project is being financed, designed and implemented by Carbonfund.org’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo and shall result in net positive climate, community and biodiversity benefits.

Ocelot in Purus

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 12:39

Truck Stop Electrification Project

Truck Stop Electrification Project

Location: US: Arkansas, California, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Project type: Energy Efficiency
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Protocol
Verification/Validation: Environmental Resources Trust 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigate climate change
  • Reduce localized air and noise pollution
  • Reduce fuel usage and the environmental harm caused by fossil fuel extraction

Community Benefits

  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created
  • Better resting conditions for drivers
  • Provide alternative to idling in parking lots or road shoulders

New Zealand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Project

Location: New Zealand
Project type: Energy Efficiency
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Reduces localized air pollution
  • Reduces fuel usage and the environmental harm caused by fossil fuel extraction

Community Benefits

  • Expansion of new technologies
  • Reduced consumer electricity bills
  • Consumer cost savings from CFLs' longer lifetime
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:38

Small Scale Indian Wind Projects

Small Scale Indian Wind Projects

Location: Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, India
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Limits impact of energy production on local environment
  • No localized water or air pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created
  • Additional revenue for communities
  • Tax base for local governments
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 12:36

New Hope View Dairy Methane Project

New Hope View Dairy Methane Project

Location: Homer, New York
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste and nutrient management
  • Controls odor and reduces local air pollution
  • Reduces local water pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies
  • Alternative source of income for local farmers
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:28

New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

Location: Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts
Project type: Landfill Gas-to-Energy
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol and the Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: First Environment, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste management
  • Odor control and less localized air pollution
  • Reduction of local water pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:27

Neria Small Hydroelectric Project

Neria Small Hydroelectric Project

Location: Karnataka State of India
Project type: Hydroelectric Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) International Climate Change Services 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Run-of-river requires no dams to be built
  • Reduces local air pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Additional employment opportunities
  • Increased local investment in clean energy
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 12:26

Hilarides Dairy Project

Hilarides Dairy Project

Location: Lindsay, California
Project type: Waste-to-Energy Biodigester
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste management
  • Controls odor & reduces local air pollution
  • Reduces local water pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies
  • Alternative source of income for local farmers
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