This project is the first carbon finance project to verify its contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals by focusing on both community development and biodiversity conservation in a carbon-dense tropical peat swamp that was originally slated for conversion to palm oil plantations.
These projects protect and enhance biodiversity to ensure our planet thrives. They avoid and reduce emissions through nature conservation and remove emissions through nature restoration.
Our projects are concentrated where nature-based solutions are most impactful, restoring degraded lands and conserving irrecoverable stores of carbon like tropical rainforests.
We conduct a detailed evaluation of the additional benefits to households, communities and biodiversity from projects, to understand their alignment with specific targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The graphics below demonstrate the SDGs most commonly supported by a project type based on a representative sample of our projects.
Click below to explore the SDG impacts of different project types:
Nature-based solutions protect biodiversity and enhance the natural environment's ability to store carbon and mitigate climate change.
See some examples of our nature-based solutions projects:
REDD+ in Indonesia
Afforestation in Guatemala
This project delivers carbon removals by planting new forests on degraded farmlands in Guatemala. Carbon finance enables sustainable rubber tree plantations to be an economically viable alternative to clear cutting forest land for cattle grazing or intensive crops like sugarcane.
Reforestation in East Africa
This project organizes hundreds of small tree planting groups on lands owned by smallholder farmers to protect against soil erosion, improve land quality and produce fruit and nuts for additional income. Participants are trained in tree monitoring technology and are paid for surviving trees.
All the carbon finance projects we support are independently validated and verified in line with recognized global standards, including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Gold Standard, the American Carbon Registry (ACR) and the Climate Action Reserve (CAR).
Many nature-based solutions projects are also recognized under Verra's Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard.
As founding members of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), we are closely involved with industry groups to evolve and develop standards and approaches for greater impact.
Click below to learn how carbon credits are generated by different types of nature-based solutions projects:
Delivering towards the Global Goals
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition
Good Health and Wellbeing
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Life on Land
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Partnerships for the Goals
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development