In the iconic Hans Meyer Range of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, humid tropical forests range in elevation from sea level to 2,340m AMSL. They are home to many endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. These high carbon storage regions are under severe threat of conversion and degradation, from both legal and unlawful logging, uncontrolled subsistence farming, and conversion to oil palm plantations subsequent to forest harvesting instead of reforestation.
The new NIHT Topaiyo REDD+ project in Papua New Guinea aims to protect the rainforest, conserve local biodiversity, and enhance the traditional landowners and stewards of these rainforests through carbon credit production.
The project plans to invest 81% of net revenue into local communities, distributing funds directly to individuals and also developing access to online schools, expanding regional healthcare provision, introducing solar-powered electricity and financing a comprehensive biodiversity study.
As well as its certification under the Verified Carbon Standard, project developer NIHT is committed to the equitable participation of all stakeholders in the project’s development – working in partnership with local, provincial and national government.
Whilst the project has not yet achieved Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) verification, this was a deliberate decision made by the project developer at launch – to expedite the lengthy VCS verification process. The project was nonetheless built to adhere to the rigorous standards of the CCBS, and aims to achieve CCBS verification in 2021.
This project is is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard.
You can view it on the VCS registry here.
As an Ecologi member your money goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognised by the REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation project:
Rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. We can provide nutritious food for all.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality education.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.