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Verified Carbon Offset Projects

SCS Global Services first began verifying carbon offset projects in 2007, building on its long history as an expert in forest management certification. In 2008, we were among the first companies in the world to achieve ISO 14065 accreditation for the validation and verification of forest carbon offset projects. SCS has since become the world's leading verifier of forest carbon offsets.

In 2007, SCS conducted the first verifications of Forest Conservation Management Projects under the Climate Action Reserve (CAR). SCS has verified projects totaling more than eight million acres globally.

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Featured Projects and Clients

Biofilica Environmental Investments: Jari Amapa REDD+ Project

SCS validated and verified the 2011-2012 avoided carbon dioxide equivalent (C02e) emissions of this Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project in the Brazilian Jari Amapa forest, registered to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). As part of the REDD+ activities, project manager Biofilica Environmental Investments incubates small businesses that serve as alternatives to deforestation, directly benefiting more than 50 families. The 65,000-hectare REDD+ project is a portion of a 200,000-hectare forest certified to the Forest Stewardship Council standard by SCS previously. The surrounding ecosystem is home to more than 150 threatened animal, plant and insect species.

The Conservation Fund: Big River & Salmon Creek Forest Project

SCS has verified the Big River and Salmon Creek Forest Project from 2007 through 2012 under the Climate Action Reserve’s (CAR) Forest Project Protocol.  This conservation-based forest management project in Northern California is composed of two forest tracts that are high priority refugia watersheds for California Coho Salmon. The 15,911 acres of important coastal forestland in the project area provide a significant contribution to the integrity and ecological viability of each of their respective watersheds, and the approximately 1,000,000 metric tons of biological carbon stored in the land now has permanent conservation restrictions.

Terra Global Capital: Oddar Meanchey REDD+ Project

SCS verified the Oddar Meanchey Project's 700,000 metric tons of avoided C02e emissions for the 2008 - 2011 time period, registered to the VCS. This Cambodia REDD+ project was the first in the world to earn the "Triple Gold" distinction under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard. The initiative has sparked the creation of community-based water delivery enterprises, sustainable farming systems, land tenure facilitation processes and fuel-efficient stove delivery.

Greenoxx: Madre de Dios REDD Project

SCS validated this REDD project in the Madre de Dios region of Peru to the VCS in Fall of 2012. As part of the Vilcabamba-Amboró Ecological Corridor, one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots, the area has become vulnerable due to the transoceanic highway connecting Brazil and Peru as well as the accompanying population pressure and agricultural development. Proceeds from protection of the swath of rainforest, which is nearly 300 times the size of Central Park, provide alternative livelihoods and social programs for communities in the project area, resulting in SCS’ previous “Gold Level” validation of the project under the CCB standard.

Conservation International: Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative

In the summer of 2012, SCS validated the deforestation reduction activities of the Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative to the VCS. The 700 square miles of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon covered by this project is of extremely high value for biodiversity conservation and watershed protection. The project's conservation agreements will increase the productivity and sustainability of local family coffee plantations, all while reducing C02e emissions from deforestation by an average of 500,000 metric tons per year.

Dynegy: Lower Mississippi Valley VCS Offset Project

The Lower Mississippi Valley offset project was the first VCS forest carbon offset project in the US. The project, estimated to remove more than 6 million tons of C02e over its 60-year term, was funded by Dynegy, Inc. and involved planting trees on state and federally protected lands in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Oklahoma. The project converted 30,000 acres of land in the Lower Mississippi Valley back to bottomland hardwood forests. SCS collaborated with TerraCarbon in the registration and monitoring of the project.

Anthrotect: Choco-Darien Corridor CCB Project

SCS validated Anthrotect's Choco-Darien Corridor carbon offset project to the CCB Project Design Standards. The project, located in northwestern Colombia near the Panama border, was awarded CCB Gold Level status for its exceptional social and environmental benefits. Over its 30-year lifespan, the project will prevent the emission of over 2.3 million tons of C02e into the atmosphere by protecting more than 13,500 hectares of forest.

Wildlife Works Carbon LLC: Kasigau Corridor REDD Project

SCS conducted an assessment of one of Africa's first REDD projects evaluating the project for its climate, community and biodiversity benefits. The project consists of a 74,000-acre nature sanctuary that serves as an important wildlife corridor between Kenya's Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Project activities include preservation of the dryland forest along with various community development initiatives. The sanctuary includes an organic clothing factory called Ecofactory, which employs young women from the community who sew organic cotton clothing. Local farmers cultivate subsidized citrus trees in the sanctuary's organic greenhouse and earn income from the sale of the fruit. The sanctuary also includes an ecotourism camp, where safari guides and other service jobs provide employment for locals. SCS validated the project at the Gold Level under the CCB standard.

The Pacific Forest Trust: van Eck Improved Forest Management Project

In 2007, the van Eck Improved Forest Management project was the first carbon offset project to be verified under the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) protocols. Since that time, CCAR protocol has been adopted by the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and SCS has been the verifier for all subsequent CCAR and CAR forest carbon offset projects. The van Eck forest project consists of a 2,100-acre redwood forest in Humboldt County managed by the Pacific Forest Trust. The van Eck Forest Project will reduce more than 500,000 tons of CO2e emissions over a 100-year period by implementing sustainable forestry practices that increase carbon sequestration. SCS has conducted annual verifications of the forest since 2007.

The Conservation Fund: Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge Restoration Initiative

SCS conducted an assessment of The Conservation Fund's (TCF) carbon offset project to restore bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi Valley. The restored forests were then donated by TCF to the Marias des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Kansas. The offsets generated by the project are funded by TCF's Go Zero Program in which corporations and individuals make donations to implement offset projects. The SCS assessment found that the Marias des Cygnes project was in conformance with the CCB standard at the Gold Level.

World Bank: VCS Agriculture Methodology Validation

SCS assessed the World Bank's new methodology for estimating the emission reductions resulting from adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. The methodology was approved under the VCS and is based on the Western Kenya Smallholder Agriculture Carbon Finance project. The Western Kenya project, which is supported by the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit's BioCarbon Fund, focuses on helping farmers adopt practices that increase carbon in soil and biomass on agricultural lands.

List of SCS' validated, verified, and in-assesment Carbon Offset Projects

Climate Action Reserve (CAR) Improved Forest Management Projects

Pacific Forest Trust: Van Eck Forest Project

Sempervirens Fund: Lompico Forest Project

Coastal Ridges LLC: Willits Woods Forest Project

North Coast Resource Management: Willits Woods Forest Project

City of Arcata: Sunnybrae, Barnum & Lucchesi Tracts

Yurok Tribe: Sustainable Forest Project

The Campbell Group: McCloud River Forest Project

Usal Redwood Forest Company: Usal Redwood Forest Project

Mendocino Redwood Company: Escola & Lower Albion Project

 

Climate Action Reserve (CAR) Conservation-Based Forest Management Projects

The Conservation Fund: Garcia River Forest Project

The Conservation Fund: Big River/Salmon Creek Forest Project

The Conservation Fund: Gualala River Forest Project

Blencowe Associates: RPH Ranch Forest Project

 

Climate Action Reserve (CAR) Avoided Conversion Projects

Blue Source: Alligator River Avoided Conversion Project

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) REDD Projects

Biofilica Environmental Investments: Jari Amapa REDD+ Project

Terra Global Capital: Oddar Meanchey REDD+ Project

Forest Carbon Offsets: Boden Creek Ecological Preserve Forest Carbon Project – Belize

Infinite Earth: Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project – Indonesia

Greenoxx: Madre de Dios Amazon REDD Project – Peru

Fauna and Flora International: Avoided Conversion of the Danau Siawan Peat Swamp Forest – Indonesia

Bosques Amazonicos SAC: REDD Project in Brazil Nut Concessions in Madre de Dios – Peru

CarbonCo, LLC: The Purus Project – Brazil

Conservation International: Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative – Peru

Biofilica Investimentos Ambientais: Jari/ Amapá REDD+ Project – Brazil

African Wildlife Foundation: Kolo Hills Forest Project – Tanzania

Pur Projet: Biocorridor Martin Sagrado REDD+ Project – Peru

Centro de Conservacion, Investigacion, y Manejo de Areas Naturales: Cordillera Azul National Park REDD Project – Peru

Conservation International: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in the Ambositra-Vondrozo Corridor (COFAV) Project – Madagascar

Asia Air Survey: Reduced Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation in Community Forests – Oddar Meanchey – Cambodia

Asia Air Survey: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Seima Protection Forest – Cambodia

Pax Natura: Programmatic Project for the Payment for Ecosystem Services – Costa Rica

Carbono Socioambiental: Jurua & Carauari REDD Project – Brazil

Bosques Amazonicos SAC: Reforestadores REDD Project – Peru

The World Bank: Community Based Avoided Deforestation Project – Guinea-Bissau

Mtandao wa Jamii Usimamizi wa Misitu Tanzania (MJUMITA): Making REDD Work for Lindi Rural Villages – Tanzania

 

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Afforestation and Reforestation Projects

Dynegy: Lower Mississippi Valley Reforestation Project – USA

Food and Trees for Africa: Tree Planting in S. African Townships – South Africa

Food and Trees for Africa: Bamboo Planting Project – South Africa

Face the Future: Kibale Reforestation Project – Uganda

Green Resources AS: Reforestation in Grassland Areas of Uchindile, Kiombero, Tanzania & Mapanda, Mufindi, Tanzania – Tanzania

El Arriero S.A.: El Arriero Afforestation on Degraded Grasslands Under Extensive Grazing – Uruguay

Forestal Tekoayhu: Forteko Afforestation on Degraded Grasslands Under Extensive Grazing – Uruguay

Intercontinental Timber Associacion Agraria: ITAA Afforestation on Degraded Grasslands Under Extensive Grazing – Uruguay

FORM Ghana: Reforestation of Degraded Forest Reserves in Ghana – Ghana

 

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Improved Forest Management Projects

Nature Conservancy of Canada: Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project – Canada

REDD Forests: Pilot IFM Project, Tasmania – Australia

REDD Forests: Downie IFM Project, Tasmania – Australia

REDD Forests: Grouped IFM Project, Tasmania – Australia

Face the Future: Infapro Forest Rehabilitation – Malaysia

 

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Projects

Cogent Farming Business Systems, Ltd.: Agricultural Soil Carbon Through Improved Grassland Management in New Zealand Project – New Zealand

Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards Projects

The Eco Products Fund: Ducks Unlimited Avoided Grassland Conversion Project – USA

The Conservation Fund: Restoring a Legacy at Red River National Wildlife Refuge – USA

The Conservation Fund: Restoring a Forest Legacy at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge – USA

The Conservation Fund: Restoring a Forest Legacy at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge – USA

The Conservation Fund: Restoring a Forest Legacy at Grand Cote and Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuges– USA

The Conservation Fund: Restoring a Forest Legacy at Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge – USA

REDD Forests: Pilot Improved Forest Management Project, Tasmania – Australia

Greenoxx: Madre de Dios Amazon REDD Project – Peru

Wildlife Works: Kasigau Wildlife Corridor REDD Project – Kenya

Rainforest Project Management Ltd.: April Salumei REDD Project – Papua New Guinea

Anthrotect: Choco-Darien Conservation Corridor Project – Colombia

Face the Future: Kibale Reforestation Project – Uganda

World Vision Canada: Abote Community-Managed Reforestation Project – Ethiopia

CarbonCo, LLC: The Purus Project – Brazil

Nature Conservancy of Canada c/o 3GreenTree Ecosystem Services Ltd.: Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project – Canada

Bosques Amazonicos SAC: REDD Project in Brazil Nut Concessions in Madre de Dios – Peru

Conservation International: Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative – Peru

Biofilica Investimentos Ambientais: Jari/ Amapá REDD+ Project – Brazil

African Wildlife Foundation: Kolo Hills Forest Project – Tanzania

Pur Projet: Biocorridor Martin Sagrado REDD+ Project – Peru

Centro de Conservacion, Investigacion, y Manejo de Areas Naturales: Cordillera Azul National Park REDD Project – Peru

Conservation International: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in the Ambositra-Vondrozo Corridor (COFAV) Project – Madagascar

Conservation International: Nakauvadra Community Based Reforestation Project - Fiji

Asia Air Survey: Reduced Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation in Community Forests – Oddar Meanchey – Cambodia

Asia Air Survey: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Seima Protection Forest – Cambodia

Pax Natura: Programmatic Project for the Payment for Ecosystem Services – Costa Rica

Carbono Socioambiental: Jurua & Carauari REDD Project – Brazil

American Carbon Registry (ACR) Projects

F.I.T Timber: Boa Vista A/R Project – Brazil

National Forest Foundation: San Juan National Forest Carbon Demonstration Project – USA

National Forest Foundation: Angeles National Forest Carbon Demonstration Project – USA

Red River Forests LLC: Devil Fire Reforestation – USA

Red River Forests LLC: Storrie Fire Reforestation – USA 

British Columbia Forest Carbon Offset Protocol (FCOP) Projects

TimberWest Forest Corp.: Strathcona Ecosystem Conservation Project

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Compliance Offset Projects

Forest Carbon Partners, L.P.: Yurok Tribe CKGG Improved Forest Management Project

Forest Carbon Partners, L.P.: Hanes Ranch Forest Carbon Project

Steve Miller and Florence Miller Co-Trustees of the Edward Miller Trust: Miller Forest

Four Additional Projects in Development

 

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Early Action Offset Project Desk Reviews

The Nature Conservancy: Virginia Conservation Forestry Program - Clifton Farm

The Nature Conservancy: Virginia Conservation Forestry Program - Rich Mountain

Blue Source: Pungo River Forest Conservation Project

Blue Source: Noles North Avoided Conversion Forest Project

Blue Source: Noles South Avoided Conversion Forest Project

Blue Source: Pocosin Lakes Forest Conversion Project

Blue Source: Francis Beidler Improved Forest Management Project

Potlatch Forest Holdings, Inc.: Finite Carbon – Potlatch Moro Big Pine CE

Berry Summit, LLC: Finite Carbon – Berry Summit

Four Additional Projects in Development

Climate Action Reserve Landfill Gas Projects

Element Markets: Anson County Landfill

Element Markets: Erie County Landfill

Central Sanitary Landfill, Inc.: Central Sanitary Landfill

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority: LCSWMA Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

Environmental Trust Company: Meadow Branch Landfill

Advanced Disposal Services Maple Hill Landfill, LLC: Maple Hill Landfill

Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill, Inc.: Kentucky Blue Ridge Landfill

Blue Source, LLC: MP Wilson Landfill Gas Project

Crow Wing County Solid Waste Management: Crow Wing County Landfill Gas Collection Systems

Allied Waste Services of Stillwater, Inc.: Stillwater Sanitary Landfill

Republic Services of North Carolina, LLC: Upper Piedmont Landfill

Central Clean Energy, LLC: Central LFG to Energy Project

Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority: Oneida Herkimer Landfill

NEML1, LLC: Northeast Mississippi Landfill

Trinity Carbon Management LLC: St. Landry Parish Sanitary Landfill

Verified Carbon Standard Landfill Gas Projects

Blue Source, LLC: Henrico County Landfill

Blue Source, LLC: Rockingham County Landfill

Verified Carbon Standard Refrigerant Projects

Giant Eagle: Giant Eagle Infra-Red Automatic Refrigerant Leak Detection Efficiency Project

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Methodology Validations

Ecotrust: Improved Forest Management Methodology

The World Bank: Sustainable Agriculture Land Management Methodology

The Earth Partners: Soil Carbon Quantification Methodology

Face the Future: Improved Forest Management Methodology

Terra Global Capital: REDD Methodology

The Nature Conservancy: Revision of Methods for Monitoring of GHG Emissions and Removals

Terra Global Capital: Avoided Planned Deforestation of Peat Methodology

WWF Germany: Rewetting of Tropical Peatlands Methodology

Environmental Defense Fund: Rice Methodology

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: Sustainable Grassland Management Methodology

CH2M Hill: Methodology for Coastal Wetland Creation

Carbon Credit Corp.: Improved Forest Management on Lands Subject to Unextinguished Indigenous Rights & Title

Silvestrum VoF: Belarus Peatland Rewetting Project

ForCERT: Combined IFM & REDD Methodology

Pacific Carbon Trust: Forest Carbon Offset Protocol

Terra Global Capital: Tool for Calculating Deforestation Rates

Terra Global Capital: Rice Management Systems Methodology