Validated under the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, Conservation International’s REDD project in the Alto Mayo forest of Peru has generated 3 MtC02 in emissions reductions to date with 400,000 of that attributed to Disney, a key supporter of the project with a $3.5 million contribution and slated for another multi-million dollar donation.
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Back in 2008, Disney reached out to Conservation International (CI) for recommendations on how to offset the environmental impact of its resorts. CI eventually pointed them to Alto Mayo, a legally protected area where locals had nonetheless settled on the land and were engaging in shifting cultivation and logging activities.
Through CI’s REDD project and support from the state government, people that were settled on the land were given permission to stay in the protected area as long as they signed and complied with Conservation Agreements, through which they learned to practice sustainable agroecology. In particular, farmers received directions on how to sow coffee in a way that did not disrupt the growth of native trees, and without the use of herbicides.
“The idea was to give them instruments to continue farming, but without violating the Forest of Alto Mayo,” says engineer Maximo Arcos, who advises the project.
Last year, the project was validated under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards. To date, the Alto Mayo project has resulted in the mainstreaming of sustainable agriculture practices in the area, preservation of local biodiversity, and the generation of 3 MtCO2 in emissions reductions – equivalent to removing 500,000 cars off the road for one year. Of that total, 400,000 tCO2e has been attributed to a $3.5M contribution by Disney and gone toward offsetting the company’s carbon footprint. To honor its environmental commitments, Disney has since agreed to provide a second grant of $3.5M to Conservation International’s work in Alto Mayo.
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