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The CommuniTree Carbon Program uses reforestation to create long-term income opportunities for farmers in the poorest parts of the world who are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Project Coordinator Taking Root is a pioneer in leveraging the forest carbon offset industry for economic development amongst smallholder farmers in Central America.

Actively Contributes To


Sustainable Energy

Climate Change



This is achieved by encouraging smallholder farming families to reforest the under-utilized parts of their farms in exchange for direct payments over time as the trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

To ensure that these benefits are long-lived, the program is specifically designed so that the forest plantations provide ongoing livelihood benefits to participating smallholder farmers in the following ways:

Participants receive direct payments for ecosystem services (PES) over a 10- year period, which amount to 60% of the carbon credit sale price. As the densely planted trees start to crowd each other out, they are selectively harvested to allow the plantation as a whole to continue to grow, thus optimising long-run carbon sequestration while providing sustainably produced merchantable timber.

Participants’ livelihoods are better adapted to climate change because trees are more resilient to droughts and flooding than traditional agricultural crops so their livelihoods are partially hedged against the risk of extreme weather events caused by climate change. Moreover, forest plantations are additional to agricultural activities and the income that they provide is designed to be counter-cyclical to the agricultural season, thus helping to distribute livelihood activities to the times of the year when they are the most needed.


Esteli, Madriz & Nueva Segovia (Nicaragua)

(see individual sites here)

Operational Since:


Project Coordinator:

Taking Root

PVCs Issued to date:


Area of land under management:

2,171.2 ha eq



Project interventions:

  • Afforestation
  • Agroforestry
  • Reforestation

2011: Registration

2016: First verification

2017: Over half a million PVCs issued

Coordinator Details:

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August 2019 | In a recent newsletter, Taking Root outlines how it is helping smallholders farm organically, how tree nurseries are created, and how it is preventing climate refugees in Central America. For the full newsletter, click here

March 2019 | In 2018 the project planted over 1,000,000 trees! This, along with other statistics, can be found in the project's 2018 Impact Report. Read more

April 2019 | In a recent article, Taking Root highlights the importance of family farmers and the how projects, such as Communitree, can contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. Read more

December 2018 | With the help of data scientist Pello Múgica Gonzalez, the software "FARM-TRACE" has been trialed by smallholders in the Communitree project. This technology uses satellite imagery to map biomass growth and may revolutionise the way in which field data is collected. Read more