Carbon Neutral

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Offset Projects

As part of our carbon neutral journey, we invested in several offset projects around the world. To us at The Nurture Landscapes Group, these projects are symbolic of how much commercial weight we are investing in the future of our planet. Each has been chosen not just because of how much money we would be required to invest, but because of the difference it will make to the region and because they draw parallels with what we are about here in the UK.

For instance, the two projects in Uruguay will see the restoration of vast areas of grassland restored from being damaged by extensive cattle grazing to deliver high-value timber, which will be a vital export and provide local people with employment, in addition to the vast amount of carbon dioxide that will be absorbed from the atmosphere.

While there are many projects we could have chosen that can be supported quite cheaply and do not require the same level of monetary investment, we were keen to get behind those that are close to our hearts, that reflect our own company ethos, and which will have lasting benefits on our planet for many years to come.

This includes two afforestation developments in Uruguay, the implementation of a clean air zone (CAZ) and reducing deforestation in Madagascar, and finally, the CIKEL Brazilian Amazon REDD APD Project which aims to conserve an area of the rainforest and prevent the release of nearly 9,500,000 tons of CO2 over the next decade, in line with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification guidance.

CAZ REDD+ MADAGASCAR

CAZ REDD+ MADAGASCAR

The CAZ project aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation of primary Malagasy forest by creating a corridor to protect the remaining native forests between the Zahamena National Park and the forests collectively known as “Ankeniheny” in central eastern Madagascar. In addition to protecting forest and stocked carbon, CAZ will protect one of the planet’s most important sites for biodiversity conservation and provide a protected biological corridor that links 3 existing protected areas: Zahamena national park, Manongarivo special reserve and Mantadia national park.

Through the creation of a protected area, the project is reducing green house gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). It is one of the first REDD initiatives in Africa.

The CAZ carbon project covers 370,032 hectares of Madagascar’s eastern humid rainforest and provides important ecosystem services to both the surrounding area and greater region. It protects the headwaters of eight large rivers that directly supply approximately 325,000 residents with water.

CIKEL BRAZILIAN AMAZON REDD PROJECT

CIKEL BRAZILIAN AMAZON REDD PROJECT

The CIKEL Brazilian Amazon REDD APD Project aims to avoid emissions from planned deforestation on a property in Paragominas Municipality, Para state, Brazil.

The main activity of the CIKEL Brazilian Amazon REDD APD Project is the cancelation of the planned deforestation activities and decision to instead conserve the forest area and continue limited forest management activities in the area under Forest Stewardship Council® Certification (FSC®) with Low Impact Logging (SFMLIL) practices.

Also, the company is intensifying and improving its practices to support the sustainable social development, maintaining and improving the biodiversity monitoring at the RCC in the framework of FSC certification and REDD activities.

The project will avoid 9,432,299 tCO2 that would have been emitted into the atmosphere over the next ten years.

GUANARE: AFFORESTATION - URUGUAY

GUANARE: AFFORESTATION - URUGUAY

The project located in eastern Uruguay consists of approximately twenty two thousand hectares of land. The aim of the project is to convert degraded grassland with a long history of cattle grazing into beneficial forest plantations which will aid in restoring the land, by improving soil quality through water retention and delivery of micronutrients to the soil, and by preventing soil erosion.

Well managed forest plantations can obtain high value, long-lived timber products while sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Approximately 7 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be sequestered through afforestation of the project which has been verified by the international standard under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

WEYERHAUSER: AFFORESTATION - URUGUAY

WEYERHAUSER: AFFORESTATION - URUGUAY

The project comprises a total of 18,191ha of land previously under extensive grazing by beef cattle on which forest plantations were established in order to obtain high-value, long-lived timber products and to sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The project will result in a significant contribution to sustainable development of Uruguay, mainly through: i) increasing employment and quality of employment; ii) rural development (decentralization);iii) increasing gross value of production; iv) improving fiscal balance; v) biodiversity preservation and vi) improvement and preservation of soil quality.

The project activity consists of the establishment of forests on land that has been grassland for more than 300 years. It was developed under the VCS scope 14: “Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses” as an “Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation” project.

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