Yesterday we had some long awaited news all the way from Scotland! The Project Idea Note that we submitted to Plan Vivo (a carbon certification body that administers the Plan Vivo Standard) was approved! This means we can now proceed to developing the Project Design Document which will be reviewed by Plan Vivo in advance of the carbon auditing process. Many thanks to Jorge Ramos for writing the Project Idea Note!
The carbon project has been given the name “Halo Verde Timor: Community Forest Carbon”. This means “Making Timor Green” in Tetun. The stated goals are similar to the Darwin Fund project which is enabling the carbon accreditation process to occur. The project aims to rehabilitate areas owned and managed by impoverished local farmers in the central mountains of Timor-Leste. The goals of the project are: a) Reforestation of at least 120 Hectares by 2021 with potential for expansion in area and number of participants and b) Attain certification of the carbon benefits generated by reforestation activities conducted by farmers, while improving biodiversity in the area and livelihoods of the community.