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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.
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.
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SICIREC Bolivia Ltd
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October 2018 | The Arbolivia project has celebrated the creation of an 'Adam Retort' charcoal kiln. This will help generate low-carbon energy by converting excess wood into usable charcoal. View slideshow.
September 2018 | The Sicirec Bolivia team has had an influx of talent over the past summer as many fresh faces have been appointed into the management team. This includes Aart Van Os as a senior advisor, who will be involved in strategic planning and business management. These new members will help Arbolivia realise its vision. Read more.
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.