A cost effective approach that aligns financial and environmental incentives
Farmers interested in growing trees on their farms can choose from the various pre-approved planting designs based on their specific needs and the environmental characteristics of their farm. Each planting design specifies tree establishment and growth milestones over time and associated payments. Participating farmers are then assigned a community technician whose job is to support them to meet those milestones. Community technicians are evaluated based on the success of their farmers.
A monitoring team verifies the performance of each farm on a periodic basis using Farm-Trace, a technology that we developed specifically for this task. This information is used to assess whether farmers are entitled to receive new payments, to calculate the number of trees planted, how much carbon has been removed from the atmosphere, and much much more. Monitoring results and payments are publically disclosed in our annual reports.
The following technical documents outline the different pre-approved planting designs from which farmers can choose from. Each document was independently certified by the internationally recognized Plan Vivo Standard and describes the management plan, the projected growth rates, carbon sequestered, applicability conditions, monitoring plan, etc.
Boundary Planting method
Boundary planting is often referred to as living fences or barrier planting because it involves planting trees along all types of boundaries. These can be the edges of property, agricultural fields, pastures, roads or any other place where fences might be located. As with our other methods, we have worked with the community to specifically select species are indigenous to the area and were once found or are still found within the municipality of Limay.
Silvopastoral planting method
The Silvopastoral method involves planting improved pasture combined with the tree species Caesalpinia velutina, Swietenia humilis and Bombacopsis quinata at regular intervals throughout pasturelands. As with our other reforestation methods, we have worked with the community to specifically select species that are indigenous to the area and were once found or are still found within the municipality of Limay.
Mixed Species Plantation method
Farmers who use the Mixed Species Plantation method plant and intensively manage a multi-purposed mixed species forest on their own land. We have worked with the community to specifically select species are indigenous to the area and were once found or are still found within the municipality of Limay.
Farmers plant alternating rows of fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing species and longer-lived hardwood species. The fast-growing species are planted closely together (1.5 metres) and the longer-lived species are planted 3 metres apart.
Coffee Agroforestry Method
From Rust to Resilience is designed to help smallholders establish new high-yielding rust resistant coffee agroforestry systems at higher elevations in order to improve smallholders’ income while mitigating climate change.
It consists of a four-strata coffee-agroforestry system with a total of 3,827 trees per hectare. The lowest stratum consists of three to four thousand coffee trees, the primary economic engine of the system. The second and third strata consist of banana and fruit trees primarily for household consumption. The fourth stratum consists of 138 large shade trees that form the canopy of the system, sequestering large amounts of CO2 while providing a biodiverse habitat for other plant and animal species.