The Nicaforest High Impact Reforestation Pilot Program is located in the South-Eastern part of Nicaragua, combining reforestation on degraded land for timber production, sequestration of carbon dioxid and protection of natural forests.
Nicaragua has for many years lost much of its forest cover, and the trend is still negative (2019). The importance of creating a sustainable forestry value-chain is evident. The Nicaforest High Impact Reforestation Program which is still in its pilot phase with 490 hectares of land under management aims to contribute to this by working closely with local landowners in a Shared Benefit Scheme to plant teak and other valuable species for future timber production, added-value wood production, sales of carbon credits as well as other measures aiming at increased resilience in the local municipalities.
In addition to the reforestation of deforested land, the project protects the remaining patches of native vegetation and creates additional conservation areas on the banks of rivers and other watersheds. The forests offer a natural habitat for native animals and plants, protect and enrich the soil, save and filter water and contribute to the mitigation of the greenhouse effect.