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Impact Beyond Carbon

Nicaforest achieves a positive impact on climate and the environment through our reforestation project, which serves as natural carbon storage in addition to promoting the health of the surrounding ecosystem. Through the revenue stemming from carbon, we have established a sustainability platform that aims to encompass to tie a benefit to climate, with a positive impact on community and environment. We believe carbon sequestration should have an impact that extends beyond climate.

Our social initiatives

The Nicaforest reforestation project focuses on two key areas, fostering high-impact initiatives and the creation of a sustainable value chain around the forest. Our social impact platform aims to achieve a positive impact on both of these segments, and serve as an example of how carbon sequestration can have an impact beyond our climate. We have developed our social impact platform to encompass the following four key segments:

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1. Education

Education is the key to the future of sustainable development. Nicaforest is proud to foster education in the community, and in doing so, have a lasting positive impact on development that extends beyond the scope of our high-impact reforestation project.

 

Our initiatives grant opportunities and knowledge to students ranging from primary school all the way to university. These initiatives work in synergy with promoting social development goals such as eliminating poverty and fostering gender equality.

 

Access to education fosters value creation in the community and has proven to play a fundamental role in achieving gender equality. Our initiatives are conducted with the common theme of sustainable development and the important role it plays on the overall development in the region for years to come. 

2. Food Security 

Food security is a basic requirement for the development of any community, and today, almost 10% of the world’s population suffers from hunger. The Nicaforest project understands the important role food security has in our community, and we are proud to have close to a decade worth of initiatives that foster food security in the region.

 

Our food security initiatives serve to foster good health and well-being, as well as reducing poverty. This is a result of access to proper nutrition, which is key for both the health of a community and its economic development. In the past, we have engaged in intercrop food production, which allowed the local community to utilize the space between trees to plant and harvest beans for consumption.

 

Additionally, we have placed emphasis on the food security of our workers and their families, with the aim of leading by example on the importance of fostering such an important segment for development. Food security is one the basic prerequisites for the development of any community and with the overarching goal of improving the nutrition of the local community, Nicaforest is committed to furthering the development of food security in the region. 

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3. Watershed

Water is a valuable and increasingly scarce resource that we all depend on every day. As a reforestation project, Nicaforest understands the value of an effective watershed management strategy and we are proud of the impact our initiatives have on improving water quality for the surrounding community.

 

Our initiatives focus on leveraging our capabilities as a reforestation project to improve watershed management in our region, doing so by providing resources and leading by example through stringent watershed efforts within our plantations.

 

Our initiatives include planting trees near bodies of water, which plays an important role in preventing erosion. Additionally, we foster these initiatives in the overall community by providing tree saplings to the municipality, which enables us to achieve a positive impact on watersheds beyond the boundaries of our project. 

 

Water is a prerequisite of life, and the importance of developing effective practices to manage and foster watersheds is essential to enable sustainable development within a community.

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4. Economic

Decent work and economic growth for all is a fundamental part of the sustainable value chain, as well as a determining factor in improving living standards in a community. The Nicaforest project embraces sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth on all parts of our operations. 

 

An example of our impact in this area is the signing of Shared Benefit Agreements signed between Nicaforest and local farmers for plantation sites. This means we do not own the land in which the plantations are located, instead, we lease the land to ensure the value created is for the community, not at the expense of it. Sustainable economic development also achieves a positive impact in fostering gender equality through access to employment opportunities, as well as access to education through an improved economic standing. 

 

These farmers get access to the carbon and timber market, providing an economically viable alternative to cattle farmers and fostering the development of a sustainable value chain around the forest. Nicaforest aims to offer a viable economic alternative in a region dominated by cattle farming, fostering sustainable growth through employment opportunities and access to education.

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Reforestation with an impact beyond carbon mitigation

The Nicaforest reforestation project is committed to tying carbon sequestration with a positive impact that extends beyond climate. Our social initiatives were designed and executed in accordance with the UN Social Development Goals, seeking to add value to the surrounding community in ways that promote sustainable development. Through our four impact segments, Education, Food Security, Watershed Management, and Economic we aim to tackle the basic areas which must be in place in order to achieve sustainable growth. Our goal as a reforestation project is to create a sustainable value chain around the forest and lead by example on the importance of tying carbon sequestration initiatives that foster a positive impact on climate, community, and environment. 

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