3x sustainable impact
CO2Operate recognizes that rural poverty is both a consequence and cause of climate change and biodiversity loss. To combat these issues, we focus on restoring degraded land through natural methods which have the most immediate impact. By prioritizing the culture and needs of local communities, jobs and incomes grow, reducing poverty.
Equally or perhaps more importantly, ecosystem restoration creates critical habitats for plants and animals, which increases biodiversity.
As a result, CO2Operate's approach both captures CO2 and restores biodiversity, with CO2Operate continually monitoring the three main impacts.
Our agroforestry systems are designed to capture between 280–350 tons of CO2 per hectare over a period of 25–30 years. The actual amount depends on what farmers decide to grow on each hectare. Every three years, CO2 sequestration is measured in the field and verified every five years by an outside party. If the figures are lower than estimated, we plant again. These calculations are based on conservative assumptions, and the actual CO2 capture rate has always exceeded the estimates.
Our local partner, together with local students, conducts a yearly tree census to monitor the survival rates of the trees in our agroforestry systems. We replace those that do not survive. We use large compost units to stimulate the growth of young fruit-bearing trees, which not only results in stronger plants but also benefits biodiversity without the use of inorganic fertilizers. We started measuring both above-ground and below-ground biodiversity in January 2023 and are eagerly anticipating the results!
After about five years of the Gula Gula Forest Projects, almost all of the trees have started to produce fruits, spices, and other crops. Working with local university students, we monitor the yields of each farmer to track the development of their incomes. As processing units are set up in the villages, the income farmers earn increases due to the higher prices per product, and more employment opportunities become available. Another nice side effect: farmers outside of our Gula Gula Forest Projects also benefit for example, by selling their coffee to our processing units as well. This way, the local economy is boosted, and rural poverty is alleviated.
Gula Gula Food Forest program is one of the most inspiring projects we are hosting on explorer.land