Delta Blue Carbon

The World's Largest Mangrove Restoration Project


The world’s largest mangrove reforestation project that aims to mitigate the impact of climate change, protect biodiversity and improve livelihoods

The Delta Blue Carbon project is designed to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, conserve and maintain biodiversity, improve livelihoods of local communities, ensure coastal areas protection and create alternative livelihoods. This is a 60-years project, which can continue for up to 100 years, for the afforestation, reforestation and revegetation of degraded tidal wetlands over an area of 350,000 hectares in the districts of Thatta and Sujawal in the Indus Delta Area, Sindh Province, Pakistan.

With over 75,000 hectares regenerated to date, resulting in the sequestration of 3,200,000 tCO2e, the project is estimated to remove over 142,000,000 GHG, over a 60 year period.

Blue Carbon involves capturing carbon in coastal wetlands, mainly mangroves, saltmarsh plants and seagrasses. These areas both sequester carbon and trap moving carbon, acting as filters before it reaches the sea. With this dual action, coastal wetlands can sequester carbon forty times faster than land forests. However, recent years have witnessed significant threats to mangrove ecosystems, primarily due to the demand for mangrove wood for fuel, fodder, and open-range grazing.

Project Status:

VCS Registered, CCB Under Verification


Sind, Pakistan


350,000 Hectares

Project Type:

ARR (Afforestation, Regeneration, Revegetation)

WRC (Wetlands Restoration & Conservation)

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

2,407,629 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

19/02/2015 – 18/02/2075

Community Impact:

Improved sanitation, health and employment

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

The project provides biodiversity benefits that protect against deforestation together with sustainable benefits for the local communities and includes:



By revitalising the degraded coastal habitat and ensuring its long-term sustainability, the project activities will also yield substantial climate change adaptation benefits for the biodiversity in the region.



Conservation of the region’s wildlife which is home to 11 globally threatened species (according to the IUCN Red List), including the Indus River dolphin, the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin, the Indian pangolin, the Fishing Cat and 38 fish species.



Provision of improved healthcare services for 15,100 local people.



Improved access to drinking water for over 400 people and providing access to improved sanitation and hygiene.



Quality education improves knowledge for 1,180 community members, including 380 students together with an emphasis on gender equality with 5,000 women expected to have improved livelihoods or income generated as a result of project activities and access to health services.



10,000 local community members have been hired as part of the project, with 43,000 people expected to benefit with support for food security, increased fisheries production and more sustainable agricultural practices.

Captura de Tela 2023-09-05 às 15.45.21
(c) SCB Group 2023


Verification: This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard


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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 13: Climate Action



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