A young boy is sent to bring home a log for domestic fuel
Family selling chopped firewood
Registering Carbon Credits
Something we're always looking for within Landscape Conservation are ways in which people can benefit from conserving natural habitat, or creating habitat for conservation of threatened species. With the world becoming even more of the threats of global warming and climate change, there is the opportunity to give even more direct support to people dependent on forests for their livelihood and daily existence, by creating financial value for protecting and re-building forests.
The basic principles are easy; local people are rewarded (financially) from changing daily living patterns from those that emit carbon (dioxide as a gas, particulates in smoke) to ways that reduce or even capture carbon. And because we are used to working closely with communities to support positive change (for people and the environment), the potential for us to introduce carbon credit projects to our network is a great opportunity - a true 'win-win'.
The costs of setting up registered carbon credit projects is large, but so are the rewards. The development, monitoring and evaluation of carbon credit projects can be substantial - development costs of $500,000 are not unusual, and often bigger than that - but if successful, carbon credit projects can generate many times investment costs over their lifetime.
We are developing carbon credit projects that do more than 'just' sequester or reduce carbon. Our philosphy - honed from many years working with rural poor living in areas of high biodiversity value - is that people should benefit from, rather than suffer a burden from wildlife conservation. Our projects are developed with the very highest level of itegrity and transparency. Our approach to to create value in three main areas: conservation, sustainable agriculture and clean sources of energy. These 'three pillars' underpin our work, and our track record of working with communities in sustainable develop is second to none.