What do carbon projects of
08.05.2023 - 16hs

What do carbon projects of "Nature Based Solutions" aim to achieve?

Nature Based Solutions (NBS) are initiatives designed to address environmental concerns through the use of nature as a resource to solve social and economic problems.

These solutions are based on ecological functions, such as photosynthesis and nutrient cycling, which contribute to ecosystem benefits such as climate stability and resilience, as well as carbon capture and storage. 

NBS have gained prominence as a means to address issues such as global climate change, biodiversity conservation, and food security. NBS are viewed as an alternative or complementary approach to conventional engineering and technological mitigation strategies, and can be carried out in both urban and rural environments. 

Examples of NBS include ecosystem restoration by means of agroforestry, conservation agriculture practices, natural barriers against soil erosion, and preservation of regional biodiversity. In addition, there are a number of potential benefits that NBS can provide, such as improved air and water quality, decreased risk of natural disasters, and increased resilience of local communities to climate change, as well as the potential to generate carbon credits fully supported by clean technologies.

Nature-based solutions (NBS) carbon projects are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or remove carbon from the atmosphere through nature-based practices. Some examples of such projects include:

Reforestation and restoration of degraded areas: tree planting in areas of deforestation or degradation which contributes to the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and enhancement of biodiversity.

Agroforestry: agricultural systems that combine trees with agricultural crops, thereby increasing soil carbon uptake and ecosystem resilience.

Sustainable Forest Management: forest management practices that promote forest regeneration and reduce deforestation, thereby providing continued carbon sequestration.

Natural Ecosystem Protection: projects designed to protect natural ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and mangroves, thus preventing the release of carbon that occurs when these areas are deforested or degraded.

Conservation agriculture: agricultural practices that conserve biodiversity and local ecosystems as they grow food in a manner that is sustainable and enhances soil carbon uptake.

Wetland restoration: projects to restore wetlands such as marshes and mangroves, thereby increasing ecosystem resilience and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Regenerative grazing: grazing practices that promote vegetation regeneration and soil recovery, thus enhancing carbon uptake.

These projects are eligible for certification under international standards, such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), allowing companies and governments to offset their carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon credits generated by these projects.

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