Developing an Offset Project

Around the world, groups are working to protect the world’s remaining forests for the benefit of the communities and wildlife that depend on them. In the process, they are dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with forest-clearing for agriculture and other land uses. These forest conservation projects – known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) – are recognized as effective and permanent ways to address climate change that also happen to benefit habitat protection and poverty alleviation. As these projects gain acceptance and legitimacy, landowners can access financing from the carbon markets to enable forest protection and develop economic alternatives that benefit from healthy, intact forest ecosystems.
Project development flowchart

ecoPartners works with landowners and project developers to spearhead many of the most innovative REDD projects in the world. By working with NGOs and other standard-setters, ecoPartners ensures that the climate change benefits of forest conservation are credible and transparent. ecoPartners is in the business of quantifying the greenhouse gas benefits of forest conservation and helping landowners to demonstrate these benefits to offset buyers and other stakeholders.

VM0009: Methodology for Avoided Deforestation

Together with Wildlife Works Carbon, ecoPartners produced a REDD project development methodology – developed under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and known as the VM0009 methodology for avoided deforestation – which led to the first approved REDD project on the African continent. Recently, a second version of the methodology was published which greatly expands the methodology’s flexibility and applicability.

VM0009 lowers the cost and time requirements of project development and can be utilized with deforestation caused by commercial logging or by unplanned mosaic deforestation. The methodology has been applied to a variety of ecosystems, including wet tropical forests and savannah woodlands of eastern Africa.



Other Standards

We have experience working with most VCS REDD methodologies as well as Improved Forest Management (IFM) and afforestation/reforestation (A/R) methodologies.