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This is the third in a monthly blog series about our forest conservation projects in Brazil.  This month's blog highlights the extraordinary community benefits at the Russas and Valparaiso Projects.

The Southwestern Amazon, specifically along the Juruá and Valparaiso Rivers in the State of Acre, Brazil, is home to our Russas and Valparaiso Projects.  These forest conservation projects collectively cover approximately 158,000 acres and are being designed and implemented in tandem.  The Valparaiso Project is currently undergoing validation to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS), while the Russas Project recently achieved validation to the VCS and to the Gold Level of the CCBS for the Project's exceptional community benefits.

To achieve Gold Level of the CCBS for exceptional community benefits, projects need to demonstrate that at least 50% of the communities living in the Project Zone earn less than the national poverty line.  Next, projects need to specifically involve the poorest community members and must have a specialized community impact monitoring plan with the ability to monitor the projects' impact on these poorest community members.

The Russas and Valparaiso Projects both use a Basic Necessity Survey for their specialized community impact monitoring plan.  The way a Basic Necessity Survey works is by beginning with a local focus group to identify the top 20-30 assets or services which were believed to be basic necessities, or things that no one in the communities should have to live without.  Then the Project Proponents, comprised of CarbonCo, Carbon Securities and the private landowners, individually surveyed local families and only those assets or services which at least 50% of the families deemed a basic necessity were included in the final calculations of a poverty index and poverty score.  In addition to a poverty index and poverty score, the Project Proponents will continue to monitor community impact variables such as the value of owned assets, value of owned assets per person, inequality of owned assets, and the inequality of owned assets per person.

The Project Proponents identified the particular needs of the families within the lowest 25% of the families surveyed via the Basic Necessity Survey and then designed the Project in order for these families to benefit substantially from the Project. This includes addressing some of their specific needs, such as increasing access to transportation and focusing on agricultural extension courses.  The Project is also designed with the goal of increasing their incomes in order for them to eventually purchase additional assets, such as a telephone or television, to satisfy their other basic needs.  Furthermore, the Project Proponents identified and actively work to avoid scenarios which might prevent the poorest 25% of communities from benefiting substantially from the Project.

The Russas and Valparaiso Projects reduce tropical deforestation and preserve the area's rich biodiversity, which is a critical need in and of itself, but they surpass that need by directly improving the livelihoods of local families.  Creating a win-win is what CarbonCo, LLC is all about.  We love when our projects benefit both the environment and local communities and we thank you for your ongoing support to continue making these win-wins happen!

 

Published in carbonfree blog
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:04

Plant Trees on Earth Day

Earth Day is here!  It's a great day to plant trees and here is your chance to enter a drawing for a $500 Restaurant.com eGift card and also we'll plant 100 trees on behalf of the winner.  For every $25
donation to plant 25 trees, you'll receive an entry into the contest.  So if you donate $50 to plant 50 trees, you'll receive two drawing entries!

Please use this link - https://carbonfund.org/plant-trees-dine-free?partnercode=ED14Contest

Participants receive a dining rewards eGift card through Restaurant.com, which is good on over 50,000 deals nationwide and never expires. Select from three simple tree-planting options:

  • Plant 25 Trees for $25, Receive a $50 eGift Card
  • Plant 50 Trees for $50, Receive a $100 eGift Card
  • PLANT 100 TREES FOR $100, RECEIVE A $500 eGIFT CARD!

Our goal is to plant 10,000 trees in Haiti for Earth Month. Haiti has faced significant natural disasters of late, primarily earthquakes and landslides. The worst effects of these natural disasters are linked to deforestation and unsustainable land management.

Also, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, whose history is marked with political instability and poverty. When you plant trees in Haiti, your donation helps us provide agricultural techniques and 400,000 seedlings to 800 farmers over the next year. Additionally, you'll be entered into our contest for a $500 Restaurant.com eGift card!

Choose to make a difference and plant trees on Earth Day.

Published in carbonfree blog
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:30

Why Forest Conservation is so Important

This is the first of a monthly blog series about our forest conservation projects in Brazil.  This month's blog gives an overview of tropical deforestation and an introduction to our projects.  In future months, topics shall include updates on the projects' biodiversity, highlights of community projects, stories from the field, and status of the projects' certifications.   

Tropical deforestation is a global problem because such deforestation is responsible for approximately 15-20% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, reduces habitat availability for a tremendous amount of biodiversity, and further threatens the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities.  With this in mind, only 2% of the world’s total surface area is home to rainforests yet rainforests are home to 50% of the world's plant and animals.  Shockingly, according to The Nature Conservancy, "every second, a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is mowed down. That's 86,400 football fields of rainforest per day, or over 31 million football fields of rainforest each year."

Because of the support of our generous donors, the Carbonfund.org Foundation created its wholly-owned subsidiary, CarbonCo, to design, finance, implement, and manage large-scale forest conservation projects.  Our projects help mitigate this trend of tropical deforestation while also preserving precious rainforest habitat and providing alternative economic opportunities for local communities.  These projects, known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects, are essentially payment for ecosystem service projects which rely on the sale of verified emission reductions (VERs), commonly known as carbon offset credits.

As of today, CarbonCo has several REDD+ projects in the Western State of Acre, Brazil which are protecting more than 700,000 acres.  To help visualize how large these projects are, consider that 700,000 acres is the equivalent to approximately 1,100 square miles.  This is almost as large as the entire state of Rhode Island (1,545 square miles), about the size of the urban area of Paris, France (1,098 square miles) and more than twice the size of New York City (470 square miles).

Our projects are named the Purus, Russas, Valparaiso, and Envira Amazonia Projects.  The Purus Project was the first-ever REDD+ project in Acre to be validated (audit of project design) and verified (audit of project’s performance) to the leading international carbon certifications known as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction for exceptional biodiversity benefits.  The Russas Project was validated to the CCBS with Gold Distinction for exceptional community benefits and is pending validation to the VCS.  The Valparaiso and Envira Amazonia Projects are also being designed to the VCS and CCBS with Gold Distinction.

Now that we have provided some background on forest conservation, stay tuned for next month's blog post with a more in-depth view of our specific REDD+ projects!

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States and Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil (January 28, 2014) – CarbonCo, LLC, a subsidiary of the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading climate solutions organization, is proud to announce the Purus Project, a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) forest conservation project, has officially issued serialized, verified emission reductions (carbon offset credits).

The Purus Project is one of only ten forest carbon initiatives in the world to achieve dual Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction.  This significant achievement means that the Purus Project successfully demonstrated a net positive impact on climate, community and biodiversity.  Verification is the only way for projects to issue offsets onto an environmental registry.

"Achieving dual VCS-CCBS verification is a major milestone," says Eric Carlson, CEO CarbonCo, LLC. "The Purus Project is a wonderful example of how REDD+ projects protect forests while fighting climate change and improving human well-being in developing countries. It is also a haven for endangered species."

The Purus Project is the first private REDD+ project developed in Acre and is aligned with the State's System of Incentives for Environmental Services.  Up to 34,702 hectares (85,714 acres) of privately-owned tropical rainforest within the Amazon Basin will be protected.  This important project also preserves endangered species and a wide range of ecosystem services, provides direct benefits to local communities, and mitigates the release of nearly 900,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in its first 10 years.   

CarbonCo, LLC provided financing and project development services for the Purus Project, while partnering with Carbon Securities and the local landowners' organization known as Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA.

"The carbon offset credits the Purus Project issues help our local communities while slowing global warming," said Normando Sales and Wanderley Rosa, Managing Directors of Moura & Rosa, "We are delighted to be part of a productive, efficient and cost-effective mechanism to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and mass deforestation."

The Purus Project mitigates deforestation through numerous locally-run activities including agricultural extension training, patrols of potential deforestation sites, through the planned building of better houses and by installing solar photovoltaic panels for local communities.

For sales inquiries, please contact Jarett Emert at 1-240-247-0628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About CarbonCo LLC

CarbonCo, LLC ("CarbonCo"), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Carbonfund.org Foundation, is a limited liability company based in Bethesda, Maryland, which develops large-scale, carbon reduction projects by working with landowners, communities and national and local stakeholders to ensure large tracts of tropical forests are protected from deforestation, attain international certification, and create value for all project proponents.

To learn more, visit: www.CarbonCoLLC.com.

About Moura & Rosa: 

Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA ("Moura & Rosa") is the private landowners' organization founded by Normando Rodrigues Sales and Wanderley Cesário Rosa in February 2009 to align the twin goals of preserving tropical rainforests and benefiting local communities.

About Carbon Securities: 

Freitas International Group, LLC does business as Carbon Securities and works with CarbonCo LLC to identify and develop high quality carbon reduction projects in the Amazon Basin.  Main offices are located in Miami, Florida and associates in the Brazilian cities of Goiânia, Brasília, Rio Branco, Belém, and São Paulo.

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States and Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil (January 28, 2014) – CarbonCo, LLC, a subsidiary of the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading climate solutions organization, is proud to announce the Purus Project, a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) forest conservation project, has officially issued serialized, verified emission reductions (carbon offset credits).

The Purus Project is one of only ten forest carbon initiatives in the world to achieve dual Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction.  This significant achievement means that the Purus Project successfully demonstrated a net positive impact on climate, community and biodiversity.  Verification is the only way for projects to issue offsets onto an environmental registry.

"Achieving dual VCS-CCBS verification is a major milestone," says Eric Carlson, CEO CarbonCo, LLC. "The Purus Project is a wonderful example of how REDD+ projects protect forests while fighting climate change and improving human well-being in developing countries. It is also a haven for endangered species."

The Purus Project is the first private REDD+ project developed in Acre and is aligned with the State’s System of Incentives for Environmental Services.  Up to 34,702 hectares (85,714 acres) of privately-owned tropical rainforest within the Amazon Basin will be protected.  This important project also preserves endangered species and a wide range of ecosystem services, provides direct benefits to local communities, and mitigates the release of nearly 900,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in its first 10 years.   

CarbonCo, LLC provided financing and project development services for the Purus Project, while partnering with Carbon Securities and the local landowners' organization known as Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA.

"The carbon offset credits the Purus Project issues help our local communities while slowing global warming," said Normando Sales and Wanderley Rosa, Managing Directors of Moura & Rosa, "We are delighted to be part of a productive, efficient and cost-effective mechanism to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and mass deforestation."

The Purus Project mitigates deforestation through numerous locally-run activities including agricultural extension training, patrols of potential deforestation sites, through the planned building of better houses and by installing solar photovoltaic panels for local communities.

For sales inquiries, please contact Jarett Emert at 1-240-247-0628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About CarbonCo LLC

CarbonCo, LLC ("CarbonCo"), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Carbonfund.org Foundation, is a limited liability company based in Bethesda, Maryland, which develops large-scale, carbon reduction projects by working with landowners, communities and national and local stakeholders to ensure large tracts of tropical forests are protected from deforestation, attain international certification, and create value for all project proponents.

To learn more, visit: www.CarbonCoLLC.com.

About Moura & Rosa: 

Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA ("Moura & Rosa") is the private landowners’ organization founded by Normando Rodrigues Sales and Wanderley Cesário Rosa in February 2009 to align the twin goals of preserving tropical rainforests and benefiting local communities.

About Carbon Securities: 

Freitas International Group, LLC does business as Carbon Securities and works with CarbonCo LLC to identify and develop high quality carbon reduction projects in the Amazon Basin.  Main offices are located in Miami, Florida and associates in the Brazilian cities of Goiânia, Brasília, Rio Branco, Belém, and São Paulo.

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This month, Carbonfund.org celebrates our 10th anniversary!  In honor of this accomplishment, we’re urging our donors, supporters and business partners to plant 10 trees, and we’ll match your effort by planting 10 additional trees, now through 11/3/2013.

We are happy, proud and especially thankful for all of our supporters.  We appreciate partnering with you to combat global warming.  Making the choice to "reduce what you can, offset what you can't" makes you a critical part of the climate change solution.

Many people don’t know that deforestation is responsible for roughly 20% of global warming.  Fortunately, planting trees has a multitude of benefits; chief of which is absorbing carbon dioxide to reduce climate change.

Birthday cake and cards are great, but let’s plant more trees to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  Don’t forget we’ll add 10 trees and double your impact on reducing global warming.

Published in carbonfree blog
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:08

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