Field Projects

Conservation and management of forest reserve in Chiapas

Trees and plants can capture carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and feed on it to grow. This project consists of working with a group of coffee farms to increase the amount of carbon captured by their plant population. This includes the management and conservation -for 100 years- of about 150 hectares of forest.

Basic information

  • Work to increase carbon sequestration on farms
  • 150 hectares of forest in conservation and management
  • Project located in Chiapas, Mexico
  • Survey of 100 monitoring sites
  • Carbon fixation in the farm value chain

Project Overview

Coffee production has an important impact that must be measured, reduced, and compensated. We are working with a number of farms in Chiapas to do just that. The first thing is to measure, in accordance with international standards, the greenhouse gas footprint of the farms. Then we will design a plan to offset these gases by increasing the amount of carbon in the surface of each farm using agroforestry techniques and the management of 150 hectares of forest conservation. These hectares are carefully monitored in 100 physical sites that allow us to precisely measure the amount of carbon stored in the forest. In addition to suggesting and implementing strategies to reduce the environmental impact of the farms, Toroto will achieve certification of on-site carbon offsetting and sequestration through the issuance of carbon credits from the California Climate Action Reserve, which has one of the most robust forestry protocols in the world.

Details

Why is it important?

We believe that one of the best tools we have in the fight against the climate crisis is soil carbon sequestration, and we can take advantage of opportunities with commercial agroforestry operations, such as coffee plantations. It is clear that it is possible to implement nature-based solutions without affecting income or yields, increasing the resilience of our economy and society.

How do you measure carbon in trees?

Trees consume carbon dioxide (CO2) through photosynthesis. Oxygen (O2) is returned to the atmosphere, and carbon (C) becomes part of the wood in the tree. About half the weight of each tree is carbon that was in the atmosphere and is now in a trunk. What we do is establish monitoring sites in the forest; approximately 100. At each monitoring site the diameters and heights of all trees are measured. This allows us to know, with an error of less than 7%, the amount of carbon in the entire reserve. This process is also audited by a scientific verifier who certifies the veracity of Toroto's work.

What will happen with the carbon credits issued?

The carbon credits emitted will serve to certify the capture of carbon within the space of the coffee farms, and will be used to compensate the inevitable emissions that are associated with the production of coffee. In this way, the farms as a whole will be neutral in greenhouse gas emissions in a certified, scientific and transparent way.

Security

Working safely is a priority, and a major challenge to meet when managing field operations. In the event that our rigorous safety protocols fail to prevent an accident, we train all our crew leaders in DC3-certified first aid, as well as the knowledge and equipment necessary to handle poisonous snake bites in the field.

Geographical location