Arbolivia – Bolivia // GO BACK

The project seeks to implement reforestation through an association between local smallholders and ethical investors.

The ArBolivia project started as a portfolio of small-scale reforestation activities within the Clean Development Mechanism of UNFCCC, but has shifted to voluntary carbon markets.

Actively Contributes to


Life on Land


Climate Change

The ArBolivia project is being implemented in the Cochabamba tropics, Santa Cruz (Ichilo Province), Northern La Paz and Western Beni. The project includes around 900 smallholders, belonging to around 50 different community groups. Plan Vivo certificates have so far been issued on behalf of 152 families.

The lack of capital to invest in more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices has traditionally forced many smallholders to employ slash and burn techniques, which continue to threaten the western fringes of the Amazon. With the help of investment capital provided mainly by the UK not-for-profit sector, The Cochabamba Project is reforesting affected areas together with communities, providing households with the prospect of substantial, ongoing, additional revenues.

Carbon credit revenues help to fund additional activities in the short-term aimed at increasing crop yields for families, whilst also saving one of the most unique and precious ecosystems on the planet – the Amazon rainforest. The project enables purchasers of carbon credits to link directly to individual farmers, making it possible to demonstrate its social and environmental impacts.


Cochabamba, Bolivia

Operational Since:


Project Coordinator:

SICIREC Bolivia Ltd

PVCS Issued to date:


Area of land under management:

261.7 ha


195 smallholders

Project interventions:

  • Afforestation

Registered in 2011



Project Location

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September 2016 | Sicirec Bolivia has partnered with Chocolates Para Ti. The company is developing a new product which incorporates the "Almendra de la Chiquitania", a special type of almond which grows exclusively in the Chiquitania region. Indigenous communities in Monte Verde will provide these special nuts as part of their new integrated land use plans. Read more here.

September 2015| Arbolivia has started a crowdfunding campaign giving individuals and companies the opportunity to directly invest in the project. Click here to get involved..

September 2014 | Banco Union, the national bank of Bolivia has partnered with ArBolivia, giving its participating farmers access to loans for the first time for additional farm development. ArBolivia's project management company, Sicirec Bolivia, is able to provide sufficient due diligence for the bank in terms of the farmers' abilities and reliability. Check out the video here.

August 2014 | Cochabamba is in the news. Founded in 2009 as a community benefit society to raise capital for the ArBolivia project, the Cochabamba Project helps families living in the Bolivian Amazon to develop sustainable alternatives to slash and burn farming. It has launched a new loan stock offer in order to boost funds to develop new activities. Read more here.