Over ons

Over ons

Het REDD+ Business Initiative richt zich op het behoud van tropisch regenwoud, het verbeteren van de sociaal-economische positie van de lokale bevolking in ontwikkelingslanden en het langs die weg verminderen van CO-2 uitstoot. Het initiatief heeft een praktische insteek, waarmee Nederlandse bedrijven actief meedoen in de strijd tegen klimaatverandering.

Ons vlaggenschipproject – Tambopata

Ons Tambopata Biodiversity Reserve en Agroforestry-project combineren het Tambopata National Reserve en het Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, beide internationaal erkende hotspots op het gebied van biodiversiteit in de Peruaanse Amazone. Hier bieden de weelderige tropische regenwouden een habitat voor een ongelooflijke verscheidenheid aan zeldzame en bedreigde dieren in het wild.

Dit project creëert een economische bufferzone rond een bos van 586.000 hectare (een gebied ter grootte van Los Angeles). Door lokale boeren te helpen bij de overgang naar duurzame cacaoproductie, wordt aangetast land hersteld en wordt de ontbossingsdruk weggenomen. Dit creëert een barrière om het regenwoud te beschermen en biedt mensen een bosvriendelijk en duurzaam levensonderhoud.

Instandhoudings- en beschermingsactiviteiten in het bos omvatten biologische monitoring en wetenschappelijk onderzoek, evenals toezicht op en controle van illegaal menselijk gedrag.

Dit project wordt ter plaatse uitgevoerd door de Peruaanse NGO AIDER.

Bezoek Ecosphere+ voor meer informatie over dit vlaggenschipproject.

Tussen 2000 en 2005 is vijf keer de oppervlakte van Nederland aan tropisch bos gekapt.

Het project in Peru waaraan het REDD+ Business Initiative bijdraagt zorgt ervoor dat

0 hectaren bos wordt beschermt, een gebied dat vijf keer zo groot is als de Veluwe
0 lokale families profiteren van biologische landbouw dankzij REDD+
0 ernstig bedreigde diersoorten worden beschermd
0 nieuwe diersoorten zijn ontdekt: de biodiversiteit wordt in kaart gebracht en gevolgd

Frequently Asked Questions

Businesses of all sizes around the world are looking for meaningful solutions to the climate crisis, and working together we can do so much more. The REDD+ Business Initiative was founded to make this happen. It is a unified platform to protect and conserve our natural capital as a powerful contribution to the fight against climate change. We know that nature-based solutions such as sustainable agriculture and forest conservation are able to deliver nearly 40% of the emissions reductions needed to secure a 1.5oC pathway.  And we know we have limited time to make this happen.   

Deforestation is not one of the challenges in the fight against climate change, it is the most important, most immediate and most urgent challenge”. (Paul Polman, 2014).

There is a strong business case for becoming a member of the REDD+ Business Initiative. A major benefit is the support you get for integrating REDD+ in your business strategy. This results in a concrete, measurable contribution to the conservation of biodiversity and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement in a cost-effective way and with immediate results.

As a member you can help leverage the billions in public ‘seed funding’ already committed to REDD+, which offers you direct interaction with the most important actors in this field (NGOs, NL & EU Governments). It offers you an international stage to present your company as part of a powerful coalition. And last but not least; working on REDD+ with a broad range of companies is an inspiring and motivating experience.

The REDD+ Business Initiative includes companies from a variety of sectors who have all purchased VCS verified carbon credits from REDD+ projects globally, totalling 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 since 2013. These carbon credits are purchased on a voluntary basis in order to further encourage REDD+, conserve biodiversity and support sustainable agriculture to reduce the pressure on forests. Members integrate the carbon credits into their broader strategies to manage climate risk, achieve zero deforestation commitments, meet Cradle to Cradle certification and to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.          

Nature’s solution: REDD+

REDD + stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus enhancement of carbon stocks and sustainable forest management.  REDD+ was envisaged as a financing mechanism that brings value to standing forests and enables governments and businesses to support vital climate change mitigation and adaptation activities today.   REDD+ was negotiated and developed within the UNFCCC and is explicitly noted in the Paris agreement.   Forests should be our greatest ally in regulating our climate, but rampant deforestation now causes more CO2 emissions annually than all cars, airplanes, trains and ships globally.  Addressing deforestation is also crucial for maintaining biodiversity and for the livelihood of 1.3 billion low-income people. Buying carbon credits from a REDD+ project such as Tambopata-Bahuaja advances nearly all of the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Every euro spent in Tambopata is a real contribution to reduce the CO-2-emissions caused by deforestation. And the additional benefits for local welfare and wildlife diversity are a welcome bonus”. Patrick Lammers, CEO Essent

Find out more about Tambopata here.

Carbon credits generated by the Tambopata-Bahuaja Reserve REDD+ project are formally acknowledged by the Peruvian Ministry of Environment (MINAM) and are accounted for in the country’s national registry through a ‘nested’ approach.  Nesting our project within Peru’s REDD+ programme means that the retired carbon credits, even internationally transacted ones, are not double counted. Avoiding double counting is essential to achieving a 1.5oC warming scenario and ensures the credibility of corporate climate action claims.