Deforestation, mainly caused by the permanent conversion of forests into territories for the development of agriculture and livestock, is the world’s leading cause of biodiversity loss in terrestrial ecosystems. It is also the second-largest source of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, after the emissions from fossil fuels.
The reduction of emissions due to deforestation and forest degradation (REDD +), in addition to their sustainable management and the conservation and improvement of carbon stocks, is one of the most successful measures in the fight against the climate crisis.
This mechanism is based on the implementation of forest protection actions, including changes in land management and use practices (both in forested areas and those devoid of forests) increasing biodiversity and generating a series of associated ecosystem services. With carbon sequestration that is generated due to conservation activities, carbon credits are generated and are reinvested in local communities to facilitate the development of the local economy associated with the forest.
In ALLCOT, we consider it is key to understand from the beginning of each project the relationship between biodiversity, forest carbon, and local communities. Understanding this relationship facilitates the subsequent process of designing the specific and appropriate measures for each project in which we participate.
Stakeholder participation in all phases of REDD + is decisive for its effectiveness. In ALLCOT we started the socialization of the project from very early stages and we tried to involve the local communities throughout their entire life, from the initial moment, its subsequent design until during the process of monitoring and verification.
The benefits of REDD + projects do not always equal cash, and we believe this in ALLCOT. It is about creating a compensation mechanism for reducing GHG emissions by protecting forests. This compensation mechanism is reinvested in the communities developing activities in the field of community forestry, food security, education, and environmental awareness, among others.