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Investing in Earth’s forests is one of the most immediate and cost-effective ways to fight climate change.


Conservation International’s Carbon Fund invests in sustainable landscapes that help combat climate change by reducing deforestation and conserving critical ecosystem services — the services we need to grow and prosper as a society. These include food and timber, as well as clean water, livable climates, recreation and renewable forms of energy.


These multiple outcomes are achieved through the development of a strong pipeline of demonstration projects coupled with innovative financing and mechanisms meant to ensure long-term sustainability and private sector participation. The fund focuses on results-based financing to develop early stage forest conservation projects, including REDD+​ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation "plus" conservation) and complementary activities, such as efficient fuel wood use and improved agricultural practices.



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EditQuote Text (Do not add quotation marks):Forests continue to disappear at an alarming rate. We must do more, and with a greater sense of urgency.
EditQuote Attribution:Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
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EditTitle:By the numbers
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EditText:CI has developed the largest portfolio of forest carbon projects since the Carbon Fund’s launch in 2009, having raised more than US$ 30 million to build local partner capabilities and support more than 20 projects in 12 countries.

These projects are directly benefiting more than 10,000 people through improved livelihoods, health and education, and have already reduced more than 6 million metric tons of CO2 emissions — the equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road for a year.

Independent verification of the results and use of best-in-class standards ensure that the rigor and innovation from global carbon markets are applied to conservation projects.
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EditText:CI’s Carbon Fund supports projects that are located in and around key biodiversity areas and that meet the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) Standards — which CI co-founded to ensure project quality and net positive impact on the environment and communities. These REDD+ projects go beyond protecting forests by integrating sustainable production and focusing on improving human well-being.
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EditCaption Description:The Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative is CI’s first independently verified REDD+ project and the world’s first REDD+ project in a protected area. Between 2009 and 2012, this program reduced carbon emissions by 2,500,000 metric tons — that’s like taking 500,000 cars off the road for an entire year.
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EditText:The SLP is an innovative public-private partnership that brings together governments, businesses and NGOs to develop proof-of-concept REDD+ and low emissions development projects. Through the SLP, CI is working to create a low-carbon development scheme that can conserve the forest and the wildlife it contains.
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To provide a measureable, holistic approach to monitoring the status SLP projects they progress toward sustainability goals, the Carbon Fund developed the Landscape Accounting Framework (LAF). Unlike existing Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks, which limit their scope to mainly monitoring biodiversity and nature conservation, the LAF monitors landscape sustainability with quantifiable indicators that enable informed decision-making and investment prioritization. Currently implemented for both SLP-Peru and SLP-lndonesia, the LAF monitors the progress of these programs across a collective 8 million hectares (80,000 square kilometers) of land. The LAF ensures complete transparency with stakeholders and donors by sharing results through three unique tools: a scorecard which captures overlying trends observed at the landscape level; an interactive dashboard that "drills down" into the data and breaks the landscape down into individual administrative units; and an interactive GIS repository that allows stakeholders to view the data used in the analysis.

View and download the LAF's latest scorecards:

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    EditText:CI is a partner in the Althelia Climate Fund, which brings much-needed private sector investment to projects that reduce deforestation as an integral part of global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Althelia investments focus on sustainable land use projects that deliver environmental benefits as well as economic benefits that improve the livelihoods of forest communities while generating a positive economic return.
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    Partners

    Partnering with local organizations is a key element of CI’s Carbon Fund approach.

    Current partners include:

    • Dell, which partnered with CI-Madagascar to develop the Ambositra-Vondrozo Corridor (COFAV) project that seeks to conserve and restore 240,000 hectares of rainforest and avoid the emission of more than 5,000,000 metric tons of CO2 over the project life cycle.
    • FIJI Water, which partnered with CI’s Carbon Fund to develop a landmark reforestation project on degraded lands in Fiji that seeks to sequester hundreds of thousands of tons of CO2 and provide alternative livelihoods to local communities.
    • The government of Indonesia, which partnered with CI as a founding member of the SLP.
    • The government of Madagascar, which partnered with CI to develop a strategy of establishing an avoided deforestation carbon project in the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ).
    • USAID, which partnered with CI as a founding member of the SLP (Indonesia and Peru).
    • Walton Family Foundation, which partnered with CI as a founding member of the SLP.
    • Disney, which donated up-front funding for the development of the Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative as part of its overall commitment to reduce its carbon emissions.
    • JPMorgan Chase & Co., which supported the Carbon Fund in its REDD+ market building work.
    • Crius Energy, which partners with the Carbon Fund in off-grid solar electrification and ecosystem restoration programs.

     

    We are also looking for corporate, multilateral and major donor partners to support the Carbon Fund in developing sustainable landscapes. Corporate partners can contribute philanthropic funding to the project development fund or structure contributions as part of a corporate greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy. Contributions or offset-related financing of the Fund will achieve the following objectives:

    • Generate a supply of marketable forest carbon credits which can be used for corporate emissions reduction initiatives from a diverse and geographically dispersed portfolio of projects.
    • Provide compelling corporate social responsibility branding opportunities in key countries by demonstrating the triple bottom line results of reducing emissions, contributing to economic development and protecting biodiversity.
    • Create early learning opportunities that will inform emerging REDD+ schemes globally.

    Inquiries about potential partnerships are encouraged.



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    Agustin Silvani

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    Natasha Calderwood

    Technical Advisor


    Fabiano Godoy

    Technical Advisor


    Joanna Durbin

    CCBA Director


    Aurélie Lhumeau

    Advisor, REDD+ SES


    Priti Narasimhan

    Advisor, CCBA Standards


    Gareth Wishart

    Coordinator, CCBA Standards


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