The project converts land cleared for agriculture and livestock back into forest, improving biodiversity and increasing carbon sequestration, which helps to mitigate global warming. Local development is boosted by the creation of a sustainable supply chain of teak with local employees provided with job security and skills in forest management.
Employment, where the project is located, is often informal, uncertain and higher than the national average. Creating formal opportunities in line with legal standards is therefore crucial for the long-term prosperity of the region. The principal land use has been extensive livestock farming and agriculture which has led to land degradation, deforestation and loss of habitat.
The project activity covers the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Campeche, in the south of the United States of Mexico. It consists primarily of planting the teak tree (Tectona grandis) to convert the proposed area back into forest land. Some areas will be used for sustainable commercial purposes, with others will be protected as conservation areas.
The project supports regional economic development by providing locals with jobs, directly through training in forest management and also through creating a sustainable supply chain of teak wood. Carbon sequestration is increased, helping to mitigate global warming as land that had previously been cleared is converted back into forest land. Biodiversity and soil quality are also enhanced and there will be fixed conservation areas within the commercial plots.