Tropical Forest Reforestation and Conservation

Location

Panama

Project Developer

South Pole

Technology

Forest Protection and Conservation

Certification

Gold Standard

Forest view - Tropical Mix
Sustainable Development Goals
No Poverty Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth Climate Action Life on Land

150

Jobs created

7,500,000

Tree's planted

1,300,000

Tonnes of Co2 mitigated

Project Background

Panama is losing more than 1 percent of its primary forest cover every year. Once a rich biodiverse forest, the project area was converted into pastoral agricultural land or intensive cattle ranching, destroying the existing ecosystem.

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This project is one of the first ever Gold Standard certified forestry projects worldwide; now, also the cocoa production is the very first Gold Standard certified agro-forestry area.

Project Details

Impacts

Thanks to its sustainable management, the project ensures biodiversity protection and ecosystem restoration while providing opportunities to locals for sustainable livelihoods. All the 150 project employees receive a wage above the legal minimum, including health insurance and a pension fund. They also have optional benefits including life insurance, training and further education and for the poorest quarter of the local population, school fee subsidies are available through the project.

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Project Technology

The primary aim of the project is to reforest the 13,385 ha with mostly native tree species reestablishing a mixed tropical forest. The project areas are divided between several fincas (small-scale farms), which are all managed using the same forestry management plan. The project also establishes areas that are used for the fair production of organic cacao and sustainable timber; the forest management received FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council), the cocoa production is UTZ certified.

About the Project Developer

The moral case for climate action is clear - failing to meet the climate and sustainable development challenge would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty, with devastating social and economic consequences globally. Moreover, millions of new green jobs are already being created through climate actions across sectors. Climate and human development are sides of the same coin. South Pole strives for a world where businesses, governments and communities make climate action the new normal.

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Tropical Forest Reforestation and Conservation

Forest view - Tropical Mix
Location

Panama

Technology

Forest Protection and Conservation