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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.

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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.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
Locations:

Esteli, Madriz & Nueva Segovia (Nicaragua)

(see individual sites here)

Operational Since:

2010

Project Coordinator:

Taking Root

PVCs Issued to date:

657,117

Area of land under management:

2,171.2 ha eq

Participants:

713

Project interventions:

  • Afforestation
  • Agroforestry
  • Reforestation
Milestones:

2011: Registration

2016: First verification

2017: Over half a million PVCs issued

Coordinator Details:

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LATEST NEWS

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

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

February 2019 | This year Communitree is working with 179 new smallholders, spanning across 62 communities! This brings the total number of communities across the programme to an incredible 181! Read more

November 2018 | The co-founders of Taking Root were presented with the Meritorious Service Cross from the Right Honourable Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada. This was presented in recognition of their amazing work to fight climate change and poverty in Nicaragua. Read more