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Carbon Sequestration Project

The Carbon Sequestration Project seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of land acquisition and sustainable forest management and also aids in that rehabilitation effort. Created in 1996 under the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation, in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy, We Energies, and several U.S. energy companies, the project seeks to demonstrate that a well designed forest conservation and management project can produce significant net carbon benefits that are scientifically valid and long lasting. Rio Bravo was one of seven sites approved for this 40-year global endeavor.

The Programme for Belize, the Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org) and a consortium of utility companies including

have joined as partners to develop an innovative project at the RBCMA. The project, which was approved by the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation Evaluation Panel in January 1995, involves a combination of environmental protection, sustainable forestry, and economic development. In August 1995, the National Assembly of Belize adopted a resolution authorizing the Government of Belize to make commitments to the participants of the Rio Bravo Carbon Sequestration Pilot Project. This pilot project is being undertaken to demonstrate how forest conservation can assist in combating global warming. This project should serve as a model that can be applied elsewhere. Implementation of the Carbon Sequestration Project commenced in October 1995 on the RBCMA – making it the first of seven globally approved projects to start work on the ground. This initiative continues today.