Planting trees and saving sloths in Panama

The rich, biodiverse tropical forests of Panama are under threat from unsustainable logging practices that put critically endangered and exceptionally cute species alike at risk.

But just as much as sloths need a home, the people of the forested areas of Panama need a sustainable income source to feed their families.

Enter the CO2OL Tropical Mix project. It is an incredibly clever agroforestry model that plants trees, protects biodiversity and creates a living wage.

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

The project plants native trees and mixed forests on degraded land used for cattle ranching. The project works with locals to devise sustainable and innovative forest management practices (while offering them fairly paid employment with insurance and pension benefits). They then take charge of the forests, using them for sustainable timber production and cocoa cultivation. 

Not only does this result in symbiotic knowledge sharing and job creation, 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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