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The Green Initiative Experience - Enhancing Biodiversity through Carbon Neutral Projects

The Green Initiative

Date and Time
26 May 2008 13:15 - 14:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

Based on GHG inventory commissioned by private companies seeking the carbon free status, The Green Initiative developed a model, which foresees that the yearly GHG emissions will be offset through riparian forest restoration. Thus, these forests planted by TGI will, in a 30-year period, remove from the atmosphere all CO2 emitted by the client company in the selected year. The trees are planted on areas previously selected by the São Paulo State Environmental Secretariat as of high priority for biodiversity conservation, which consists mainly of riparian rain forests. In several cases, these planted riparian forests act as biological corridors, enhancing the gene flow between forests fragments, thus increasing animal and vegetal diversity. It's noteworthy to say that the São Paulo State original land cover consisted mainly in Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil's most threatened biome, with only 8% of the original cover remaining. In this scenario, the TGI model truly promotes biodiversity enhancement, greenhouse effect mitigation and direct social benefits to local communities.