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
Poseidon is continuously expanding its impact and diversifying its reach by seeking out high impact projects to support. Our goal is to build a support network for a global portfolio of sustainability initiatives, with the immediate focus to onboard the following projects. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when they go live!
This project focuses on using reforestation and tree planting to improve degraded land among some of the world's poorest communities. Locally, the benefits of reforestation include addressing biodiversity loss by restoring habitats, stopping soil erosion, and replenishing watersheds. In addition to providing local solutions for climate adaptation, the project's scale will also be felt globally, as the trees planted will contribute to our collective efforts to rebalance atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and combat climate change.
Our second project-in-development uses agroforestry to empower communities to resume farming of previously cleared and abandoned areas of forest. This practice of reusing cleared land protects otherwise threatened forest, which in turn conserves vital biodiversity. In addition to its farming focus, the project also supports local sustainable economic development through improved education and health services, which ultimately contributes to the survival of the surrounding communities' cultural and spiritual identities.
Location: Central America
Focus: Illegal Logging
Our third project-in-development addresses direct deforestation by empowering local communities to sustainably govern borders between public and private land, and monitor illegal activity—especially 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.