Protecting manatee habitat on the Conservation Coast

The monitoring and surveillance of key threatened species is a crucial element of their protection, allowing conservationists to record changes in their abundance, but also to better understand their activities and response to local threats and activities. The conservation of manatee habitat is a key objective for the FUNDAECO team in Guatemala, the project developer…

Nature hero: Emilio Pitan, the indigenous Q’eqchi leader fighting for land titles in Guatemala

Emilio Pitan became the national representative of Guatemala’s indigenous Q’eqchi’ people in 2020—the same year that consecutive November hurricanes destroyed many Q’eqchi’ farms on the country’s Caribbean coast. Pitan had spent decades helping Q’eqchi’ farmers obtain legal titles for their land, yet now the weather was becoming too extreme and unpredictable for agriculture. Many of…

Finding value in ‘vintage’ vintages

Co-authored by Lisa Walker, CEO at Ecosphere+, and Andrew Mitchell, Founder and CEO at Equilibrium Futures The voluntary carbon credit market is heavily discounting older vintages. This may make no environmental sense, and in fact, like fine wine, in some cases perhaps these ‘vintage’ credits should be worth more?   Introduction Buyers in the voluntary…

Forest hero: Amao from Sinchi Rocha

Meet Amao. He’s from Sinchi Rocha, one of seven indigenous communities involved in the Nii Kaniti REDD+ project in Peru. Amao is a farmer, and has been producing cacao, cotton and papaya through agroforestry systems for over two years, on which he’s now a true expert. He’s been working closely with local NGO AIDER, the…

Opportunities born from the COVID-19 pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, the world came to a standstill as countries grappled with trying to slow the spread of an unknown disease. Deep in the Amazon, seven communities involved in the Nii Kaniti REDD+ project, already situated in a remote part of Peru, became even more isolated, with entry and…

The Conservation Coast & Sumatra Merang Peatland Project earn recognition as Natural Climate Solutions Lighthouses

The Conservation Coast REDD+ Project in Guatemala and Sumatra Merang Peatland Project in Indonesia have recently earned recognition as two of the top six natural climate solutions projects globally by the NCS Alliance. These projects – named “lighthouses” – passed rigorous screening criteria designed to identify the leaders in delivering transformational, cross-cutting outcomes for climate,…

Control and surveillance at Nii Kaniti

Fundamental to conservation activities at our projects is efficient and effective control and surveillance of at-risk forest areas. Teams on the ground guarding threatened habitats are crucial to preventing forest loss and degradation. Meaning ‘forest and development’ in the local native language, the Nii Kaniti project in central Peru was specifically set up to prevent…

Bringing clean water to the community of Pueblo Neuvo

The Nii Kaniti REDD+ project is having a critical positive impact on reducing global emissions by the avoided deforestation of a highly threatened area of the Peruvian Amazon. But it’s not just carbon that this project addresses. By working alongside seven indigenous communities of the Shipibo-Conibo and Cacataibo ethnic origin, the project, implemented by Peruvian…

An ecotourism lodge with a purpose

Near the Tambopata River in the Madre de Dios region of Eastern Peru, an ecolodge is nestled in the jungle. It’s called the Posada Amazonas, and is an initiative of the indigenous Ese Eja community of Infierno, who use climate finance from the sale of carbon credits to support sustainable livelihoods opportunities that protect their…