Carbon Sequestration Project

The Rio Bravo Carbon Sequestration Project was started 1996 under the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation as one of the first REDD projects in the world. Programme for Belize, The Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org), We Energies, and several U.S. and Canadian energy companies with the approval of the Government of Belize were responsible for the development of this pioneering conservation project. 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. The Rio Bravo was one of seven sites approved for this 40-year global endeavor which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of land acquisition and sustainable forest management and also aids in that rehabilitation effort.
In December 2012, the original pilot project was redesigned as the Rio Bravo Climate Action Project which ensures the conservation and sustainable management of 15,550 acres of forest in of Belize. Between 2002 and 2010, the project prevented the net emission of 1,660,260 metric tons of carbon dioxide by preventing its conversion to mechanized agriculture.
Programme for Belize, a long-time partner of The Nature Conservancy, manages the carbon project and private reserve. Initial project funding for land acquisition and project implementation was provided by WE Energies, Duke Energy, DTE Energy, PacifiCorp, and the Utilitree Carbon Company. Today, the project is receiving additional financial support from Delta Air Lines, customers of Delta Air Lines and supporters of The Nature Conservancy who offset their personal carbon footprint by making donations resulting in the retirement of verified offsets from this project. The Project has been validated and verified according to the Verified Carbon Standard (“VCS”), a global leader in the quantification of carbon emissions and the issuance of credits on the voluntary market.
The Rio Bravo Climate Action Project is a part of a wider ecologically diverse landscape called the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, providing habitat for extensive hardwood forests, pine savannah and wetlands. Threatened plant and animal species are common in the project area which require constant protection. The population of plant species such as mahogany and cedar, and other commercially valuable tree species are still healthy. Abundant in wildlife, the Rio Bravo Conservation Management Area is reputed to have the healthiest and most plentiful population of jaguars in all of Central America. The project area is home to 200 species of trees, 400 species of birds (20-25% migratory species), 70 species of mammals and 39 species of conservation concern including the Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Ocelot, the Howler and Spider Monkeys.
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Rio Bravo Climate Action Project


Climate Change and the Rio Bravo