High Impact Reforestation in Nicaragua

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Approximately 360,000 trees are planted in 4 different farms under the project.

The project has provided more than 200 jobs during the planting periods and approximately 30 permanent jobs

The project developed a system for landless people to grow food crops (i.e., beans) in between the tree-rows.

High Impact Reforestation in Nicaragua

Project Location

Nicaragua, Central America
Degraded pastureland in southeastern region of Nicaragua

Verification Status

Verified by Gold Standard
Total 98,000 carbon credits certified

Project Profile

Carbon Removal
High Impact Reforestation

Project Proponent

Subsidiary of Norwegian company Across Forest AS



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The project has 490 hectares of land under management and aims to contribute to the creation of a sustainable value-chain by working closely with local landowners in a Shared Benefit Scheme. The program plants teak and other valuable species for future timber production and added-value wood production as well as other measures aimed at increasing resilience in the local municipalities.

The project protects the remaining patches of native vegetation and creates additional conservation areas on the banks of rivers and other watersheds. The forests offer a natural habitat for native animals and plants, protect and enrich the soil, save and filter water and contribute to the mitigation of the greenhouse effect.

The Nicaforest Program is in its pilot phase and is certified by Gold Standard and the timber is certified by Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).


Reduced deforestation and degradation. This project has planted approximately 360.000 trees in 4 different farms: Amelia farm, Santa Elena farm, Rosario de Fatima farm and Santa Maria farm.

Co2 Sequestration. As of the end of 2021, this program sequestered 86,478 tCO2e (Ex Post). Total expected sequestration is expected to be 98,000 tCO2e.

Natural Forests and Bio-diversity protected. Since the project plants on deforested land only, approximately 25-30% of the farms are conservation areas where natural forests are left protected. Enhancing native biodiversity and wildlife.

Watersheds protected. In most farms there are rivers and creeks. Rivers and creeks are very important for preserving biodiversity and soil. To protect the natural growth close to waterways and avoid any negative effect from the planting activities, harvesting is not permitted within 100 meters of the river and creek.

​Boardering to REDD+ zones. The Nicaforest High Impact Reforestation Program boarders a prioritised REDD+ zone by Nicaraguan Government and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

Providing quality education. The Nicaforest Reforestation program facilitates education through sustainability-based initiatives for Middle, High, University Students and working adults. Providing internships for students from universities of natural sciences and working adults, through field studies.​ Aimed at enhancing the students practical skills in forest management through a learn-by-doing approach, complemented with theoretical instruction.

Creating jobs. By establishing teak plantations on deforested areas, the project has provided more than 200 jobs during the planting periods and approximately 30 permanent jobs to maintain forest management to the highest standards. Employment comes with salary contracts, social security and equal pay for men and women.

Additional income source for farmers. By signing a Shared Benefit Agreement with Nicaforest, the farmers are able to enter the international timber and carbon market, something that would not have been possible without this program. This represents an additional long-term source of income, enabling farmers to benefit from a diversified strategy.

Transfer of technology and know-how. Training and education of staff is an important part of operations. Forestry techniques and issues related to health and safety are an important part of this training.

Strengthening food security. To utilise available land the program developed a system for landless people to grow food crops (i.e., beans) in between the tree-rows. In total more than 70 tonnes have been harvested in this Pilot Program.

Increased community resilience. The diversification of income sources for the farmers as they benefit from the timber and carbon market together with the increase in employment opportunities, increases community resilience locally and regionally.

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