San Juan Lachao, Western Oaxaca, Mexico
Partnered with Cool Effect
Mexico’s 65 million hectares of forest are disappearing at the rate of 1 million hectares a year. This project prevents forest exploitation and restores areas affected by damage from erosion, fires, and illegal grazing and forestry exploitation, among other dangers.
This project is a community effort, managed by a local landowners who pooled their resources. The project has created 50 jobs for local residents, and forests are in the process of recovery. Without the project, the main activity is slash-and-burn agriculture with some cattle grazing.
Carbon revenue is reinvested in the communities for clean water, education, and health care, improving local living standards. Forest destruction has become forest regeneration.
This project was originally established as a pilot, and contributions from carbon finance support expanding the program to nearby communities.
Accurate data collection and monitoring over several years have created robust reporting and verification.Permanence. The trees are being monitored for 30 years as a part of this project.
The trees are being monitored for 30 years as a part of this project.
This project supports protection of 300 species of birds, orchids and other rare flowers, wild boars, white-tailed deer, and puma—all dangerously threatened by deforestation.
The project creates jobs, rewarding those living closest to the forest for their management and restorative efforts.
Drawdown is a comprehensive, systemic plan to reverse global warming. This project supports Solutions Number 15 and 17 – Afforestation and Tree Intercropping.