Rainforests as a basis of existence
Our carbon offset project in April Salumei in Papua New Guinea
Conserving the forest in April Salumei, Papua New Guinea
Since time immemorial, the people in the primeval forest of April Salumei, Papua New Guinea, have lived in harmony with nature. Until the government approved its area for industrial use and deforestation, that is. The basis of their own existence was facing destruction. The indigenous people joined forces and fought on behalf of their forest. Today, they protect a vast area of pristine rainforest, with countless species of birds, exotic animals and plants. They thus maintain an important CO2 sink.
The project brings other benefits for them: today, the children go to school, learn to read, and have prospects for the future. Adults are able to find work in small businesses. Anyone who falls ill can be treated in a health centre in the next village. All this is new and only made possible through the financing arising from the carbon offset project.
Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Construction of community health centres to improve health care accessibility.
Improvement of literacy and general education of children and youth.
More than 1 000 solar lamps were distributed in schools, hospitals, churches and homes. For many people in this area it is the first electric light ever in their lives.
Development of small enterprises to generate alternative sources of income.
Conservation of an important global carbon sink: 600 000 hectares of rainforest.
Protection of a highly diverse virgin tropical rainforest as a habitat for numerous species.
How does forest protection help fight global warming?
Forests, especially tropical ones, store CO2. For projects aimed at combatting climate change, there are essentially three methods for creating and sustaining forestry as a carbon sink:
- forestation and reforestation
- sustainable forest management (where the amount of timber harvested does not exceed the amount that can grow back)
- financial incentives for the protection of forestland as a carbon sink (the UN's REDD+ program), whereby the project owner must ensure that tree cover is maintained