Taking Root / Enracine

Project title

CommuniTree Carbon Program (Nicaragua)

Project Teaser

By combining reforestation in Nicaragua with carbon-compensation programs, Taking Root creates long-term income opportunities for farmers while restoring the local ecosystems.

By planting local tree species, which are more resistant to increased drought and extreme weather conditions, the local ecosystems can be restored. By managing these new plantations in a sustainable way, the small landowners and farmers can have an extra income from the forest products to complements the one from agriculture, thus improving their livelihoods.

Key Figures

Project Results

1,6 million trees planted since 2010. Reforested area:1'062 ha (eq.). 296 smallholders involved.

Vegetation type

83 different species of trees, grouped as Mixed Species Forest Plantation, Boundary Planting and Silvopastoral Planting.

Climate conditions

Tropical, with one rainy season. Temperate climate in highlands.

Funding Sources

Funding Government
0%
Funding Internal
0%
Funding Religious groups
0%
Funding International Aid
13%
Funding Private Sponsoring
87%
Funding Inhabitants
0%

Contacts

Organisation
Taking Root / Enracine
Organisation contact
Kahlil Baker - Executive Director/Co-founder
Phone
+1 778 990 4206
Contact E-mail
info@takingroot.org
Address
Suite 300 – 948 West Homer Street
Postal code
V6B 2W7
Place
Vancouver BC
Country
Canada

Description

The CommuniTree Carbon Program from Taking Root uses reforestation as a tool to improve the livelihoods of smallholder-farming families in Nicaragua, restore ecosystems and mitigate climate change impacts. With its bottom-up approach, Taking Root has involved hundreds of farming families from several communities and planted more than 1.6 million trees since 2010. This is achieved by encouraging farmers to reforest the under-utilized parts of their farms with native tree species, which are naturally more resistant to droughts. In exchange for keeping the trees growing and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, the farmers receive direct payments over a 10-year period, from the sale of the corresponding carbon credits. These carbon sequestration services are marketed by Taking Root and sold directly within Canada and through channel partnerships in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, England, the USA and Spain. This approach also provides extra ongoing benefits and security to the landowners. To optimise the growth of the densely planted trees, some have to be extracted as they grow and can be sold as sustainably produced timber. Together with other products from these managed forest plantations, it is possible to create an additional income source that complements the agricultural activities and helps farmers to cope with losses due, for example, from extreme weather conditions. To create longer-term incentives and increase the number of participants, Taking Root also develops complementary projects and actions focused on community education, supporting producers and the creation of markets for products from sustainably managed forests. In addition, technologies for producing green charcoal or efficient use of wood as a fuel are implemented, thereby generating extra carbon credits and reducing the negative impacts and costs. The CommuniTree Carbon Program is certified by the Plan Vivo Standard. Developed to certify sustainable land use systems in a way that is accessible to smallholder and community-based projects, it allows the projects to access international markets for the payment of ecosystem services (like carbon credits) and finance themselves.

Partnerships & Collaborations

sustinova logo

Sustinova is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area.

As a partner, Sustinova provides operational support to Reforestation World in its public activities.

ETH Zurich - Chair of Ecosystem Management

The Chair of Ecosystem management at the ETH Zürich is organising the Latsis Symposium ETH 2018 “Scaling-up forest Restoration”, on June 6-7 & 9.

Reforestation World is assisting with the link to NGOs, practitioners and others stakeholders in the field of forest restoration.