Oaxaca Forestry Carbon Offset project with Pachama

Oaxaca Forestry

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.

Why we chose this project

Accurate Reporting

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.

Demonstration Potential

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.

Economic Secondary Effects

The project creates jobs, rewarding those living closest to the forest for their management and restorative efforts.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - No povertyUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Zero HungerUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Good Health and Well-beingUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals - clean water and sanitationUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Reduced InequalitiesUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Responsible Consumption and ProductionUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Climate Action

Project Verifications

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Drawdown is a comprehensive, systemic plan to reverse global warming. This project supports Solutions Number 15 and 17 – Afforestation and Tree Intercropping.

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