Project details
1032 ยท Forest protection
  • April Salumei, Papua New Guinea
The rainforest as a basis of existence

Since time immemorial, the people in the primeval forest of April Salumei, Papua New Guinea, have lived in harmony with nature. Until the government approved its area for industrial use and deforestation, that is. The basis of their own existence was facing destruction. The indigenous people joined forces and fought on behalf of their forest. They protec a vast area of pristine rainforest, with countless species of birds, exotic animals and plants. They thus maintain an important CO2 sink.

The project brings other benefits for them: children have the possibility to go to school, learn to read, and have prospects for the future. Adults are able to find work in small businesses. Anyone who falls ill can be treated in a health centre in the next village. All this is new and only made possible through the financing arising from this climate project.

How does forest protection help fight global warming?

Forests are not only among the planet's most important carbon reservoirs. They also are home to an enormous diversity of species and are the livelihood for all people. However, global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlement, agricultural use, illegal logging and mining.

Forest protection projects ensure that forests are preserved in the long term and that the protection of forests is given a higher value than their deforestation. Together with the local population, project participants protect the area from negative influences. To allow for this the projects create alternative sources of income and educational opportunities. Depending on the project region, forests store varying amounts of carbon per hectare. Particularly high amounts of carbon are stored in the vegetation and soil of tropical swamp forests, primary rainforests, or mangroves. Forest protection projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-BeingConstruction of community health centres
Quality EducationFinancial support, scholarships and solar lamps for schools
Decent Work and Economic GrowthSupport in founding small enterprises, sustainable cultivation of Eaglewood, vanilla, cocoa
Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureImproved infrastructure, boats and engines for remote villages
Climate ActionPreservation of 600,000 hectares of virgin rainforest which is a global carbon sink
Life on LandPapua New Guinea is home to 5 percent of global biodiversity
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)CCBS Gold Level TechnologyForest protectionRegionApril Salumei, Papua New GuineaEstimated annual emission reductions349,302 t CO2Validated byEnvironmental Services Inc.Verified byEnvironmental Services Inc.