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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