Forest Carbon Project in Quirino Province, Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor, Luzon Philippines
Philippines– Quirino Province, Luzon
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
Validated Conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Project Design Standards, 1st Ed. Gold Level for exceptional community and biodiversity benefits: June 17th, 2010 (RA-VAL-CCB-013140); validated conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard 2007.1: March 15th, 2011 (RA-VAL-VCS-013139).
Through the reforestation of marginal agricultural lands and grazing pastures, this project aims to sequester over 40,000 tCO2e over its 23-year lifetime; protect and improve habitat for native plant and animal species; stabilize the ecosystem functions of the watershed to ensure a steady water supply; and offer an alternative source of income for communities located in and around the project site. Native species will be used to restore the forest cover of the Cagayan River watershed in the biodiversity-rich Quirino Protected Landscape, which forms part of the Philippines’ Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor. The overall corridor contains more than 400 animal species, including the endangered Philippine eagle and Philippine crocodile. By transitioning away from the area’s existing plots of corn, banana and upland rice (which are often planted on marginal lands and unnaturally steep slopes) to forest, the project aims to reduce erosion, foster soil and water conservation and help preserve the watershed’s ecosystem functions. Aside from providing local community members with employment opportunities through reforestation activities, the project’s partners are offering training workshops to help local organizations better manage agricultural lands and access better jobs. As a result of these efforts and for its exceptional community and biodiversity benefits, the project has been awarded validation to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Project Designs Standards at the Gold Level.