A new video emphasizes the importance of driving finance to a particular type of forest carbon projects that provide myriad benefits to local communities, such as access to health care and education. REDD+ projects reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and also provide sustainable management of forests and conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is the leading standard for certifying REDD+ projects.
In the video, David Antonioli, Verra’s CEO, and Julie Baroody, Senior Director, Forest Carbon Innovation, explain why forest carbon projects are vital in the fight against climate change and also outline the robust certification process provided by the VCS program. An accompanying animation illustrates this process.
The video also features the REDD+ Project for Caribbean Guatemala: The Conservation Coast. Karen Aguilar, Planning Director at the Foundation for Eco-Development and Conservation (FUNDAECO), which manages the project, explains that the project has financed programs focused on education for women and access to health, in addition to conserving vast stretches of valuable forest.
The video is part of the series, “Net Zero: The Integrity Pathway”. Co-produced by IETA and ITN Productions, the series showcases carbon projects and accreditation programs and highlights the advances in technology, products, and best practices in carbon markets.