The Ejido Forest project in Mexico aims to mitigate environmental impacts caused by forest exploitation; restore areas with severe erosion or those affected by disease, fire, and pests; and to protect and prevent damage caused by fires, grazing, and illegal use of forest resources. Under Mexico’s complex system of rural land ownership, community members made a decision to restore and sustainably manage the forest. Managed by the local “ejido,” the project has halted previous methods of forest management that included slash and burn agriculture with some cattle grazing. Community members have recognized the value of the forests and its opportunity for job creation. While some trees will be harvested, it will be under the strict rules of the carbon methodology and that income will contribute to the well-being of the community.
Species of plants and wildlife protected
Metric tons of carbon captured over the next 10 years
- Working model for urgently needed forest conservation throughout Mexico and South America.
- Protection for over 300 species of wildlife and plants that are threatened by deforestation.
- Rewards for those living closest to the forest for their management and restorative efforts while preserving the natural capital of the area.
- Sustainable management of forests with a minimal impact on the ecosystem but an extensive contribution to social and economic development.
Climate Action Reserve encourages action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring the environmental integrity and financial benefit of emissions reduction projects. It was founded in 2001 and establishes high quality standards for carbon offset projects, oversees independent third-party verification bodies, issues carbon credits generated from such projects and tracks the transaction of credits over time in a transparent, publicly-accessible system.