Asia's FIRST Plan Vivo Certified Reforestation Project
Hiniduma, in the southwest of Sri Lanka, is a mixed agricultural community surrounded by one the island’s last few remaining rainforest ecosystems. The “Hiniduma Bio-link Project” is a CSR effort of CCC to establish a biodiversity corridor between two large remnant disturbed rainforest patches – Singharaja (UNESCO World Heritage Site) & Kanneliya (International Man and Biosphere Reserve), and to conserve buffer zones around the forest edges through reforestation. The primary aim of this project is to reduce the pressure by local communities in the surrounding areas on the remaining rainforest patches, whilst as a secondary objective the project aims to enhance the livelihoods of traditional communities living in close proximity to tracts of natural forest where the biodiversity is high, but under imminent threat. To this effect, CCC has identified and approached farmers in the forest-edge communities along the Kanneliya Reserve buffer zone to work with in this unique project. As a byproduct, the Carbon Dioxide sequestered through this project generates carbon credits that are sold as voluntary carbon credits in the local and international carbon markets, the proceeds of which are diverted back into the project to ensure its continuation.
In establishing this project, CCC followed the Plan Vivo Standard – the longest standing and most established forestry carbon accounting standard in the world that aims to support rural smallholder communities manage their natural resources more sustainably, with a view to generating climate, livelihood and ecosystem benefits. This project is also the first ever carbon credit generation project to have been certified by Plan Vivo in the Asian region, and the field level verification for it was done by a third-party forestry expert from the UK. The carbon credits are registered under a well-known registry called the Markit Registry.
If you are interested in investing in the Hiniduma Bio-link Project – either as a tree-planting project that is regularly monitored or through purchasing forestry-based carbon credits, which will in turn fund a scheme that aims to conserve Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforests whilst also addressing the pressing issues climate change as well as rural poverty in a developing country, get in touch!
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