The ArBolivia project seeks to implement reforestation by linking local Bolivian smallholders with ethical timber investors, whilst also producing carbon credits for local participants.


Benefits that ArBolivia provides



Start date 2007
Coordinator Sicirec Bolivia
Activities Afforestation/Reforestation
Participants 676 smallholder households
PVCs issued to-date 241,696



The detail

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 165 different community groups. Plan Vivo certificates have so far been issued on behalf of 195 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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SDG details

See how the project provides benefits beyond carbon and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Sustainable Development Goal How the project contributes
  • Small scale forestry plantations for long-term sustainable production of marketable timber.
  • Agroforestry systems involving planting coffee and cacao in conjunction with trees. Trees provide shade for growing crop plants and farmers receive short term income benefits from the sale of coffee and cacao.
  • The project's micro-financing program provides loans to participating farmers to improve agricultural practices, thereby enhancing food and income security.
  • Addresses the main driver of local deforestation by introducing Integrated Land-Use Plans for each farm and providing alternatives to traditional slash and burn agriculture.
  • Over 400,000 trees planted.
  • Reforestation using only native and naturalised tree species promotes the maintenance of biodiversity and increases wildlife habitat.
  • The project links local smallholders with markets for sustainable timber through support from and partnership with outside ethical investors.