Rubber Forest Reforestation in Guatemala

Regenerating rainforests with high carbon absorbing rubber trees


The project aims to reforest and responsibly manage rubber tree forests and combat the deforestation of South America’s second largest rainforest

The ECO2 Rubber Forests Project promotes reforestation with sustainable and responsibly managed rubber tree forests across various regions in Guatemala, including: San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez, Escuintla, Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz and Petén, covering approximately 10,000 hectares of land. By providing positive incentives, this project offers an economically viable alternative to clear-cutting forests for cattle grazing or intensive crops like sugarcane. Additionally, it contributes to carbon removal from the atmosphere by reforesting degraded farmlands in Guatemala.

Guatemala’s rainforest cover, the second largest in South America, has been rapidly declining. From 2000 to 2005, an average of 27,000 hectares were lost annually, which increased to 68,000 hectares per year from 2005 to 2010, nearly tripling the deforestation rate within a decade. The main drivers of this alarming increase include cattle grazing, intensive crops such as palm oil and sugar cane, as well as mining explorations and narco-farms. In contrast, rubber tree cultivation has seen significant growth in Guatemala since its introduction in 1940, with over 100,000 hectares of plantations by 2012. These rubber tree forests play a crucial role in reducing approximately 40 tCO2 emissions per hectare per year throughout their lifespan.

Project Status:

VCS & CCB Registered


10,000 hectares


North and South, Guatemala

Project Type:

ARR (Afforestation, Regeneration, Revegetation)

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

28,033 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

31/05/2011 – 30/05/2067

Community Impact

Improved education and employment opportunities

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

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


Will serve as a buffer zone and biological corridor for natural forests,  protecting areas of high conservation value, and ultimately avoids deforestation


Enrich biodiversity and provide more opportunity for adaptive response to natural challenges.


Benefit local environmental conditions by Improving community infrastructure and improved management of water quality. Development of educational programmes for local children.


Technical capacity building and forest management skills training that create additional employment opportunities, with a particular focus on employment for women.



Verification: This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity 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 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 15: Life on Land



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