Reforestation with Native Species in the Pachijal and Mara River Watersheds for Carbon Retention Project

Project Type: 

Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)


346 hectares


Pichincha and Imbabura, Ecuador

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: August 31, 2012 (RA-VAL-VCS- 015777).

Validated conformance with the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance Standards, Second Edition, December 2008: October 18, 2012 (RA-VAL-CCB-015776).

This project brings together 13 private landowners to reforest 855 acres (346 hectares) of degraded grasslands in the Pichincha and Imbabura provinces of Ecuador. Among its main goals is to obtain both Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance validation so that its proponents may objectively demonstrate their carbon, community and biodiversity claims. The project intends to generate greenhouse gas benefits of 6,972.79 tCO2e per year over the crediting period and become carbon neutral or carbon negative in its activities, thus generating a win-win-win scenario that places climate change mitigation at the forefront, followed by positive community impacts and habitat creation and restoration.

The project is expected to create jobs in the project zone and protect High Conservation Values (HCV); these include two different Important Bird Areas, high numbers of threatened and endangered bird species, two vulnerable and four near-threatened mammal species and critical environmental services such as water catchments and erosion protection in a watershed that is in danger of desertification.

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