Why are carbon projects important?


Every one of us, in ways large and small, has an impact on the climate. By investing in the protection of nature, you can help reduce your impact — while helping people and wildlife at the same time.

By “offsetting” a portion of your climate footprint through the purchase of real and verifiable nature-based carbon credits. Revenue from these credits — each of which represents a metric ton of climate-warming carbon — go to Conservation International projects that pay local communities to protect and restore their forests. These forests then absorb carbon from the atmosphere while providing livelihoods for communities and habitat for wildlife.



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Our Project Portfolio

Conservation International implements only projects that meet the most rigorous standards for impact, efficiency and equity. We work in partnership with local communities and governments to maximize revenues to the people who live nearest, and who directly depend on, forests.


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Chyulu Hills, Kenya

Kenya’s Chyulu Hills are home to the Maasai people, smallholder farmers and legions of iconic wildlife. These hills are also beset by unsustainable land use and deforestation. This project is 100 percent owned and managed by local institutions that either own the land or manage conservation and community programs on behalf of landowners. The project has protected more than 400,000 hectares (nearly 1 million acres) of land, planted more than 11,000 tree seedlings and supported sustainable livelihoods for local people.

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Alto Mayo, Peru

Despite its protected status, Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest — an area of Amazonian forest twice the size of New York City — had some of the country's highest deforestation rates. To halt this cycle, Conservation International worked with partners — including local communities, corporations and Peru's government — to develop a forest carbon project. Now, about 80 percent of the community in the Alto Mayo basin benefits directly from the initiative; since 2008, the program has generated more than 8.4 million metric tons of emissions reductions — the equivalent of taking nearly 150,000 cars off the road each year.

Learn more about the Alto Mayo project


Man navigates a canoe through mangroves in Cisbata Bay, Colombia
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Cispatá, Colombia

This carbon project on Colombia’s Caribbean coast is the first to fully measure — and place a monetary value on — the carbon that coastal mangrove forests sequester in their soil, using recently developed methods that we helped to create. Cispatá Bay’s 11,000-hectare (27,000-acre) mangrove forest is expected to sequester nearly 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the 30-year lifespan of the project — roughly equivalent to taking 184,000 cars off the road for one year.

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The details on how carbon projects work, whom they benefit, and the strict requirements they must meet.

What are carbon credits?