Global Landscapes Forum carbon-neutral thanks to company South Pole Carbon

The desert of Tatacoa, Colombia. Photo: Nasly Maldonado Polanco for GLF 2014 photo competition

The Global Landscapes Forum 2014 is now carbon-neutral. The Swiss-based company South Pole Carbon has agreed to support an offset project for reforestation in Colombia to make up for the Forum’s CO2 emissions – for example from energy consumption at the event site in Lima or from participants’ flights. According to the Voluntary Carbon Market Survey 2014, South Pole Carbon is the leading developer of emission reduction projects. It has its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

The project is located in Manizales, capital of the Department of Caldas, in the central-western area of Colombia. This department is part of the Coffee-Growers region of the country, dominated by the scenic Nevado del Ruiz Glacier Mountains National Park, which has lost more than 36% of its ice cap since 1970 due to climate change.

The program’s activities involve ecological restoration through assisted natural regeneration and reforestation with both native and commercial timber tree species, agroforestry and a mixture of forest and pastures on an area of 4,540 hectares in its first phase. According to South Pole Carbon, the program will not only have an environment impact but also improve people’s livelihoods.

Read more about the carbon offsetting project here

The Director Forestry and Land Use of South Pole Carbon, Christian Dannecker, will speak at the Global Landscapes Forum session

Making the case for organic farming and for a low external input sustainable agriculture as climate-smart landscape solutions


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