Carbon Sequestration in Communities of Extreme Poverty in the Sierra Gorda of Mexico

Project Type: 

Reforestation

Area: 

145 hectares

Location(s): 

Mexico - Sierra Gorda

Developer(s): 

Bosque Sustentable

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: Validated conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity validation standard, 2nd edition, “Gold Level”: June 20th, 2011 (RA-VAL-CCB-014503) and the Verified Carbon Standard, 2007.1: June 22nd, 2011 (RA-VAL-VCS-014502).

Located in an area adjacent to the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, this project aims to restore land that has been degraded due to uncontrolled burning and forest clear-cutting. The project’s reforestation efforts are 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. Spanning several municipalities, communities and ecosystems, including the rare cloud forest habitat, the project 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 the expected addition of 395 acres (160 hectares) over the next four years. Participating farmers will receive economic benefits through the sale of carbon credits, and it is anticipated that the project will sequester 100,134 tCO2e through the year 2042.