Applicability of the ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits in Scolel´te.

Over the past years, and derived from the signing of the Paris Agreement, it has been possible to unify a global vision on the urgency for providing climate solutions, which allow to combat the consequences derived from Current Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) and Climate Change.

Reforestation and forest restoration projects have become attractive alternatives to find Nature-Based Solutions, however, many are executed with poor results. Faced with this problem, a multidisciplinary research team (Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits) carried out a biological study, which allowed to generate the rules to optimize carbon sequestration, the recovery of biodiversity and the generation of benefits to the livelihoods of the forests owners, after the implementation of a forest ecosystem restoration.

This study presents ten golden rules that contribute to the success of these types of interventions and describes them as follows: 1. Protect existing forests; 2. Work together; 3. Aim to maximize the recovery of biodiversity to meet multiple goals; 4. Select appropriate areas for reforestation; 5. Use natural regeneration whenever possible; 6. Plant species that maximize biodiversity; 7. Use resilient plant material; 8. Plan ahead for infrastructure; 9. Learn by doing; 10. Make it pay.

Based on these recommendations, a group of researchers from Stockholm University (Sweden), at the request of the company Zeromission, carried out an evaluation to find out the level of compliance of the Plan Vivo Standard and five of its projects, with respect to these rules. The result showed that the Plan Vivo Standard complies with all the rules and stands out in its level of transparency, participatory design and socioeconomic inclusion.

On the other hand, the Scolel'te Program, of the 50 points evaluated, complies with 38, highlighting the development of capacities of its network of local technicians, which takes advantage of local knowledge to maximize actions, as well as the preventive activities for rehabilitation of biological corridors.

To learn more about these results, you can consult the text here:



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