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Teak Afforestation, Mexico

Afforestation project with sustainable timber production

Project overview

  • Region: Latin America

  • Project type: Forestry and landscapes

  • Standards: VCS

Located across the States of Chiapas, Nayarit and Tabasco, the project covers 4,270 hectares and will expand by an additional 1,200 hectares each year. This afforestation project creates plantations to obtain high-value, long-lived timber products and to sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide on land that is adjacent to cattle farming. This contributes to climate change mitigation while simultaneously meeting the growing demand for quality wood products from well managed plantation forests. The sustainable timber plan is for Teak, a species that has the best growth of tropical wood, and it has resistance to fire and pests. No irrigation will be used, since all of the water required by the plantation will be obtained through rainfall. The project seeks to demonstrate that forest plantations are a viable instrument to encourage private investment in the forestry sector and afforestation projects in local communities, especially on degraded lands.

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering approximately 390,000 tonnes of emissions reductions each year to take climate action (SDG 13), the project delivers another benefit:

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: This project promotes tree plantation and afforestation activities in the local communities which provide employment opportunities which include social insurance.