All of our projects support several of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This means that the carbon credits our clients use to address their carbon footprint have a social impact in addition to an environmental impact. The two go hand-in-hand; the only way to truly defeat climate change is to create a social revolution that supports the world's most threatened communities, and the only way to truly support the world's most threatened communities is to help them live a sustainable life.
VERIFIED CARBON STANDARD (VCS)
One of the two standards we adhere to when sourcing carbon credits from sustainable development projects, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), is the most widely used voluntary greenhouse gas program in the world.
The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) combines social and environmental standards to ensure critical benefits for the local communities who live in the projects we support as well as preserving biodiversity critical to our planet. These benefits include employment and livable wages, the preservation of traditional ways of living, protection for biodiversity by prioritizing endangered species, the promotion of locally-owned or tenured land and the support of local ecosystems. Every carbon credit Poseidon acquires is certified CCB Gold Level, the highest status offered in this classification.
Cordillera Azul in the Peruvian Amazon
Announcement: Cordillera Azul was recently added to the IUCN'S GREEN LIST, recognizing it as one of the leading conservation projects globally!
This project is working in a huge landscape of 3.7 million hectares (similar to the size of the Netherlands) to protect 1.5 million hectares of threatened forest. The Cordillera Azul project focuses on establishing sustainable livelihoods through technical assistance and support for transitioning land use to agroforestry systems for sustainable cocoa and coffee production. In addition, a wide community-driven program is helping tens of thousands of local people gain access to basic services such as sanitation, health care and education. Conservation and protection activities inside the forest include biological monitoring and scientific research, as well as surveillance and control of illegal human behaviors. Materials supporting VCS certification under identifier 985 can be found here:
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SUPPORTED
Location: East Africa, Uganda & Kenya
One of our two upcoming Africa projects, this effort will focus on recreating arable land by providing the tools to address land degradation through reforestation and tree planting in some of the world's poorest communities. This project emphasizes our need to address the social costs contributing to climate change by improving capacity building, leadership development, and gender equity among farming families. These, in turn, empower the communities to take ownership of their lives and their future, while also having a positive impact on our climate.
Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The second of our two upcoming Africa projects, this initiative harnesses the power of agroforestry to protect parts of the world's second largest rainforest: the Congo. By empowering communities to implement new agricultural practices that allow for continued farming of previously cleared areas of forest, this project protects otherwise threatened forest and conserves vital biodiversity. In addition to its farming focus, the project also supports sustainable economic development by improving education and health services in its target communities, in turn giving local culture and spiritual traditions hope for survival.
In what will be our inaugural presence in Central America, this project addresses direct deforestation by empowering local communities to sustainably govern borders between public and private land, and monitor illegal activity, like unauthorized logging. By creating education and awareness programs that enumerate the benefits of managing local resources, this project supports sustainable local economies while protecting threatened forest and endangered wildlife.