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Study: rethinking carbon credit valuation and protecting tropical forests

In an exciting breakthrough, scientists from the University of Cambridge are leading a transformative approach to carbon credits, offering a fresh perspective on tropical forest conservation. This innovative method is poised to revolutionise the world of carbon credit valuation, emphasising positive findings and opening new doors for sustainable investments.

Rethinking carbon credit valuation and protecting tropical forests_aerial view of a tropical rainforest_visual 1Aerial view of a tropical rainforest.

At the heart of this pioneering technique is the issuance of carbon credits to tropical forest projects, hinging on predictions regarding storage duration. An emphasis on conservative forecasts ensures a cautious issuance of credits. Thanks to remote sensing technology, projects surpassing expectations can earn additional credits, fostering a robust culture of forest protection and community development.

This forward-looking approach not only secures forests but also ensures their longevity, extending the benefits far beyond the initial credit issuance. Dr Tom Swinfield from the University of Cambridge underscores the significance, stating, ‘Tropical forests are being cleared so quickly that if we don't protect them now, we're not going to make the vital progress we need towards net-zero. Buying carbon credits linked to their protection is one of the best ways to do this.’

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Despite the intricacies of carbon storage in forests, this innovative approach diminishes uncertainties, rendering nature-based carbon solutions an appealing investment avenue. Moreover, it recognises the supplementary advantages of biodiversity conservation and community support.

Developed through a collaborative effort by scientists from the Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, and the London School of Economics, this method, known as ‘Permanent Additional Carbon Tonne’ (PACT) accounting, holds the promise of a paradigm shift in sustainable investment, underscoring the pivotal role of tropical forest preservation in the global efforts for nature conservation.

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As the world grapples with carbon emissions and their environmental consequences, protecting tropical forests is gaining renewed importance. These forests play a crucial role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, contributing significantly to reducing global environmental instability and averting related disasters.

The new PACT approach provides an innovative way to value nature-based solutions, offering transparency and reliability in carbon credit valuation. It provides a win-win scenario, where investors can support vital conservation efforts while also reaping the benefits of their investments.

Carbon finance, as Professor Andrew Balmford from the University of Cambridge highlights, ‘is a way for us—the carbon emitters of the richer world—to direct funds towards rural communities in the tropics so they can get more out of the land they have, without cutting down more trees.’ This approach not only reduces carbon emissions but also uplifts the livelihoods of local communities, offering them alternatives to deforestation.

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In the quest for net-zero emissions and a sustainable future, the role of nature-based solutions becomes increasingly significant. It is a powerful tool in the arsenal of nature conservation, offering a plan of recovery for tropical forests and the planet. By partnering with DGB, you can embark on your environmentally conscious journey. Start by assessing your environmental footprint or talking to our dedicated team to explore personalised solutions aligned with your specific needs. Together, we can make a substantial impact on the environment and contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.

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