Reforestation in Yunnan Mountainous Communities Project

Project Type: 

Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)


38.2 hectares


Qinggangling Township, Yunnan Province, China


Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the CarbonFix Standard Version 3.2: April 10, 2014 (RA-VAL-CFS-019028)

The Reforestation in Yunnan Mountainous Communities Project is a community-based project implemented by Initiative Development, a French development NGO, which has been working in China since 2002. The project is located in Qinggangling Township, in Southwest China, where farmers are amongst the poorest of Yunnan province and where land is mostly degraded and subject to heavy erosion. The project activities which involve the planting of trees will bring additional revenues to farmers through subsidies at planting time and through the sale of Non-Timber Forest Products. The project will also reduce land depletion by increasing vegetation cover and increase biodiversity through the creation of forested areas planted with native tree species in mixed stands. While farmers will benefit from the forest products, Initiative Développement will own the carbon credits which sale will contribute funding the project implementation and the monitoring in the long-run. After 30 years, the trees will have sequestered the equivalent of 7,824tCO2eq amongst which 888tCO2eq will balance losses from the baseline scenario, leakages due to the displacement of animal grazing and project emissions. 30% (2,081tCO2eq) of the net CO2 fixation will be used in a buffer for insurance and the remaining 4,855tCO2eq will be delivered as ex-ante carbon credits to be sold on the voluntary market. The project is currently 38 ha in size.

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