Noel Kempff Climate Action Project

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Noel Kempff Climate Action Project

"In 1997, The Nature Conservancy and Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) created the Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project to reduce climate change by protecting 1.5 million acres of tropical forest that were threatened by timber harvesting and deforestation. Together with the Bolivian government and three energy companies, the partners terminated the logging rights and incorporated the land into a national park. The partners also enforced a deforestation ban in protected areas within the park by reducing slash-and-burn agriculture and initiating alternative income programs for the surrounding communities...

"n 2005, Noel Kempff Mercado was the first forest emissions reduction project to be verified by a third party based on international standards used in the Kyoto Protocol. This verification demonstrates that protecting forests can achieve verifiable emissions reductions by preventing the release of carbon that is stored in the living biomass of forests." [1]

"The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, in northeastern Bolivia, spans over 1.5 million hectares (over 3.7 million acres) in one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Through a unique partnership, the Government of Bolivia, the Friends of Nature Foundation (FAN), The Nature Conservancy and three energy companies (American Electric Power, PacifiCorp and BP Amoco) have teamed up to jointly implement the US $11 million Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project--the largest forest based carbon project in the world." [2]



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  1. Noel Kempff Climate Action Project, Nature Conservancy, accessed October 5, 2008.
  2. Home, Noel Kempff Climate Action Project, accessed October 5, 2008.