Carbon Sequestration in Communities of Extreme Poverty in the Sierra Gorda of Mexico
Mexico - Sierra Gorda
This project, adjacent to the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, aims to restore land that has been degraded due to practices such as uncontrolled burning and forest clear-cutting, through reforestation efforts designed to alleviate erosion, increase carbon sequestration and help protect vital water sources, such as the Jalpan Reservoir, a main water supply for surrounding communities. The project spans several municipalities, communities and ecosystems, including the rare cloud forest habitat, and encompasses an area of immense ecological diversity that is home to a number of at risk species such as the otter (Lutra longicaudis), jaguar (Panthera onca), and Humboldt Butterfly (Eucheira socialis). The project area consists of 90 small scale plots of land, with an expected addition of 160 hectares over the next 4 years, and participating farmers will receive economic benefits through revenues from the sale of carbon credits. It is anticipated that this project will sequester 100,134 tCO2e through the year 2042.