Iberpapel Silvipastural System on Degraded Land Project

Project Type: 

Afforestation/Reforestation (AR)

Area: 

4,691 hectares

Location(s): 

Canelones, Lavalleja and Maldonado

Developer(s): 

Los Eucaliptus S.A. (Project Proponent)

Carbosur (Project Developer)

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard 2007.1: August 18th, 2011 (RA-VAL-VCS- 015323).

The main objectives of the Iberpapel Silvipastural System on Degraded Land Project include wood production, land restoration and carbon sequestration through afforestation activities. This project comprises a total of 11,592 acres (4,691 hectares) of land that has historically been used for agriculture with intensive tillage and cattle grazing. These activities have caused soil erosion—in many cases, severe—and land degradation. The project is being implemented on degraded land, which would not be expected to revert to a non-degraded state without human intervention and would likely continue to degrade in the absence of the project. Forest plantations will be completed by year eight, and forests will be replanted after clear-cut harvest.

The Iberpapel Silvipastural System on Degraded Land is classified as a Verified Carbon Standard “project” in terms of scale. It will remove a total of 884,732 tCO2e during its 60-year lifetime—or an average of 14,746 tCO2e per year. Planted forests will remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in different types of carbon pools (above-ground and below-ground biomass, soil organic carbon, litter and dead wood).

As part of the project, an environmental management system will be implemented. Practices will be compatible with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard, and all properties will be FSC-certified. Currently, more than half of the sites are already certified and the rest are in the process of being standardized for certification.