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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



Climate Change

Sustainable Energy


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.



Municipalities San Juan de Limay, Esteli and Somoto, Madriz in Nicaragua

Operational Since:


Project Coordinator:

Taking Root

PVCS Issued to date:


Area of land under management:

1812.21 ha



Project interventions:

  • Afforestation
  • Agroforestry
  • Reforestation


Registered in 2011

Verified in 2015/2016





September 2016 | Communitree is selected as finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge as a practical and cooperative solution to tackle deforestation, climate change and poverty. Read more

July 2016 | Taking Root’s reforestation model is designed to mitigate climate change, but did you know that it is also designed to help farmers adapt to climate change? Since farmers earn their livelihoods from agriculture and raising livestock – one of the primary drivers of deforestation. Read more

April 2015 | Every year Taking Root creates an additional source of income for hundreds of families in Nicaragua by paying farmers and their families for seeds they collect as part of the closed loop model of the project. Read more

July 2015 | This year Taking Root is working with 30 new farming families. These families, with the help of hundreds of their local community members, will plant over 350,000 trees covering 220 hectares of land. Read more