Carbon Removals Project Reforesting Barren Lands

Large scale reforestation of native trees across China


Generating GHG emission removals and enhancing biodiversity conservation by planting over 3000 species of native trees

The project’s implementation aims to transform large-scale land degradation by planting over 3,000 species of native trees, flora and fauna and improve local environmental and socio economic conditions. The afforestation project area is expected to remove 9,109,113 tCO2e of greenhouse gases over 40 years, averaging 227,728 tCO2e annually.

Before the project began, a baseline survey revealed that the area had been barren since 1989 and was primarily covered with scattered shrubs and grasslands. This barrenness led to significant soil and water erosion, loss of biodiversity, climate change impacts, and perpetuated low income and poor living conditions for local communities. 

The project zone stretches across a vast area covering Guzhang County, Dingcheng District, Jinshi County, Shimen County, Hanshou County, Xiangyin County, Ziyang District, Heshan District, Yuanjiang County and Wangcheng District. It covers 37 sub-district offices, 99 towns and 822 villages

Project Status:

VCS Registered


Hunan Province, China


41,317 Hectares

Project Type:

ARR (Afforestation, Regeneration, Revegetation)

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

286,518 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

15/05/2017 – 14/05/2057

Community Impact:

Poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods for over 6,000 local peoples

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

The project provides biodiversity benefits by reforesting barren land together with sustainable co-benefits for the local communities and includes, in addition to carbon removal:


Prior to the project initiation the lands under this project remained degraded and barren for decades. The project activity is aimed at improving this condition by planting native trees with over 3,000 species of plants identified, including Chinese fir, Masson pine and poplar as well as 396 woody plants species belonging to 82 families and 205 genera, 316 herb species belonging to 89 families and 258 genera, and 28 fungi species. 21 endangered species have also been identified and 


A particular focus of the project is to provide equal opportunities and employment for women, minority groups, and the least privileged individuals. Special efforts were made to ensure that women and vulnerable people from the poorest households were actively encouraged to participate in the project resulting in over 55% of those employed in planting activities by the project being women.


The project will promote biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation, improve soil and water conservation, and provide local communities with technical skills and training. This initiative will also create permanent job opportunities for local women and increase the overall income for the community.

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Verification: This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard.


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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

GOAL 5 – Gender Equality

GOAL 13 – Climate Action

GOAL 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 15 – Life on Land

GOAL 10 – Reduce Inequalities Within and Among Countries



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Eric currently works as an independent consultant at the intersection of nature and climate, focused on catalysing market and non-market solutions to drive the just transition.

He previously was Head of Product at Earthshot Labs, supporting nature conservation and restoration projects across the global south secure project finance. Prior to Earthshot Labs, Eric led nature-based carbon project development for Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and founded the Carbon Cooperative, a global alliance of leading nature conservation and restoration practitioners exploring carbon finance. After serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique out of university, he spent much of his 20s working in community-based conservation and ecosystem restoration efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa interspersed with two startup ventures as co-founder and CEO of a mental health tech startup and COO of a sustainable coffee company. Eric has a dual Masters in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy from Stanford University where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Alan is a risk management thought-leader, superconnector, and FinTech pioneer. His mission is to enable an Earth Positive economy which includes nature in global accounting systems.

Alan is Founder of Generation Blue, a venture studio dedicated to planetary game changers powered by exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, pioneering blockchain based forestry and carbon backed tokens. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising global financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an investor and advisor to regenerative impact ventures, including TreeBuddy.Earth, Regenativ, and Vlinder Climate.

Lori Whitecalf made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She served three terms of office from 2011-2017.  

Lori took a two-year hiatus from leadership to expand the family ranch and serve as the FSIN Senior Industry Liaison. She was re-elected on November 29. 2019 and again on November 30, 2021, as Chief of Sweetgrass. Chief Whitecalf practises a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. She currently sits on the following boards: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, FSIN Lands and Resource Commission, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre and Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Executive Council, FSIN Women’s Commission.

Tina is the Chief Business Officer for MLTC Industrial Investments, the Economic Development arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. She has a diverse background of experience. Having spent 15 years as a municipal Chief Operating Officer, 20 years involved in Saskatchewan’s Health Authority Board Keewatin Yatthe and 9 years with Northern Lights Board of Education. 


She continues as a Board Member with Beaver River Community Futures supporting small business development in her home region. Tina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields and many connections to the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan. In addition Tina holds a BA Advanced from the U of S, a Certificate in Local Government Authority from the U of R and is certified as a Professional Economic Developer for Saskatchewan and a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).

Tootoosis’ career spans 40+ years in HRM, political leadership, and Indigenous economic development, as a dedicated bridge builder and advocate for Indigenous causes.
As a key member of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) team since 2021, he develops strategies for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Call to Action #92.

He is a graduate of the First Nations University of Canada and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Spearheading various community initiatives while serving as a Chair of the SIEDN while directing ILDII and WIBF. Founder of MGT Consulting Tootoosis is based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory.

Cy Standing (Wakanya Najin in Dakota) has a long and distinguished career including serving overseas as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  

Mr. Standing has served as a Director on many Profit and Non-Profit Corporate Boards, including serving as a Director for Affinity Credit Union with assets of over six billion dollars as well as IMI Brokerage and Wanuskewin and is currently a member of the One Tribe Indigenous Carbon Board.