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San Martin region was heavily deforested in the 1980’s as it became a red zone of coca production. With the help of USAID, local farmers switched from coca to cocoa cultivation in the 1990’s. The Fair Trade & Organic cooperative ACOPAGRO was created at that time.
Launched in 2008, Alto Huayabamba reforestation project was set up with the objective to develop best-class agroforestry systems and ensure the sustainability of the cocoa cultivation model.
Location: San Martin region, Amazonia, Peru
Type: Reforestation / Agroforestery / Carbon (VCS)
Partner: ACOPAGRO cooperative
Participants: 2000 fair trade & organic cocoa farmers
- Develop best-class agroforestry systems for cocoa with high yields
- Preserve the resources in a hot spot of biodiversity and regenerate local ecosystems
- Perpetuate the community empowerment following the switch from coca to cocoa
Achievements: 2,2 million trees planted, development of sustainable timber production
- VCS validation in 2011
- 1st VCS verification in 2014
Supply chain: cocoa, timber
VCS Verified Carbon Standard
VCS validation of the project in December 2011 by Rainforest Alliance.
VCS verification in August 2014.
VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) is the best recognised standard on the market of voluntary carbon offset for forestry projects. VCS gives criteria for the validation, measurement and management of carbon offsetting projects.