Planting trees and saving sloths in Panama

The state of tropical forests in Panama is dire. The timber industry has led to the depletion of tropical forests and with it, has threatened the habitat of critically endangered species and exceptionally cute species alike.

But just as much as sloths need homes, people need good jobs. This is where the CO2OL Tropical Mix project has intervened. It is an incredibly clever agroforestry model that plants trees and creates an industry.

CO2OL Tropical Mix shows how a reforestation project can combine active carbon sequestration with benefits for the region, the ecosystem and the climate.

Dr. Robert J. Hrubes, SCS Executive Vice President

CO2OL Tropical Mix involves planting native trees and mixed forests on degraded land used for cattle ranching. Locals are trained in sustainable and innovative forest management and are employed with a raft of pension and insurance benefits. They then take charge of the forests, using them for sustainable timber production and cocoa cultivation.

Not only does this transfer knowledge and create jobs, but it also protects biodiversity and restores a healthy forest ecosystem for sloths and humans alike.

The stats speak for themselves:

  1. The project has been certified as removing a massive 1,240,049 tonnes of co2 from the atmosphere, plus
  2. Over 7.5 million trees from 20 different native species have been planted – capturing carbon and mitigating climate change,
  3. 25% has been declared a nature reserve, protecting the forest and the animals and plants living there,
  4. 15 threatened animal species from the Red List have found a habitat, and
  5. 150 jobs have been created for locals.

The project provides for sustainable timber production and cocoa cultivation; it protects biodiversity and restores a healthy forest ecosystem. Sustainable forest management and cocoa production offer employment opportunities, therefore improve the economic and social situation of rural communities and families.

CO2OL Tropical Mix

The project needs funding to plant more trees, protect larger reserves of the forest, and create additional jobs. We are proud to be able to help them do so.

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