At the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last November, 130 states signed a declaration that intends to stop global deforestation by 2030. myclimate sincerely welcomes this declaration of intent. After all, to achieve the 1.5°C target, in addition to planting trees, we must also prevent the clearing of existing forests to ensure that carbon remains captured.
We can only successfully stop global deforestation if local communities are involved and if their way of life and traditions are respected. This is why myclimate considers it crucial for indigenous populations to be integrated into this and for them to benefit from protection of the forests (see the project examples below).
The effective protection of existing forests is also good for species diversity. Protected, natural habitats also reduce the risk of disease transmission from wild animals to people (zoonoses) and hence the risk of future pandemics.
So how exactly do myclimate projects help to sustainably curb deforestation? Browse through the following selection of projects:
Protection of an Undisturbed Rainforest on the Solomon Islands
Thanks to the generation of CO₂ certificates and the source of income created through this, a legally recognised protected area can be established and the livelihood of local people can be ensured. The money also enables access to new sources of income such as bee-keeping and the cultivation of cocoa, kava and noni, as well as the promotion of women’s savings associations and ranger training schemes.
Securing Indigenous Land Rights in Tanzania
This carbon offset project secures the land rights of the indigenous population of the Hadza and Datooga, who manage large areas of land and determine their use. The focus lies on the protection of forests, a cornerstone for the survival of hunter-gatherers. Reduced forest fragmentation not only leaves carbon in the forest ecosystem, but also helps to preserve and interlink the habitats of wild animals.
Compensation for the Renunciation of Deforestation on Fiji
This carbon offset project helps to preserve a globally significant ecosystem and to prevent further deforestation. The money from the carbon offsetting is used, among other things, for compensating landowners who are renouncing their logging rights and protecting the forest instead.
You can find more information about the projects and opportunities for supporting us here: https://www.myclimate.org/information/carbon-offset-projects/