The Genesis Forest Project will offset 93,170 metric tons of CO2 through the permanent conservation and reforestation of more than 3,000 acres of tropical forest using the Social CarbonTM methodology. The project will expand through additional reforestation as individuals offset their footprint through the Genesis Forest Project site.
The Cerrado region of Brazil is classified as a Biodiversity Hotspot, and features a wide array of unique plant and animal species including the giant anteater, giant armadillo, jaguar, and maned wolf. With less than 2% of the region protected in national parks and conservation areas, this area is threatened by the expansion of agriculture for soy and corn as well as cattle ranching.
Following the guidelines of Social CarbonTM the Genesis Forest will be a model for sustainable development for the region adding to the forest's value as a carbon offset. The project will be open to local communities and will provide educational workshops to promote the utilization of non-timber products such as oils, native fruits, and honey. These practices can ultimately reduce pressure on remaining forests in the region by promoting economically attractive alternatives to clearing forest for agriculture.
Commitment to Quality
The Genesis Forest Project is designed to meet the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standards. The CCB Standards promote high quality carbon offset projects with significant social and biodiversity benefits. The CCB Standards adopt a rigorous, transparent process that requires a public commenting period and independent third party validation.
Furthermore, by utilizing the Social CarbonTM Methodology developed by the Ecologica Institute of Brazil, means the long term contribution of the project to sustainable development of the local region will be monitored and analyzed.