Restoration of Degraded Areas and Reforestation in Cáceres and Cravo Norte, Colombia

Reforestation of grasslands with native species once forgotten


Sustainable forest management and reforestation of grasslands previously used for cattle grazing and gold mining

The reforestation of grasslands in Colombia, previously used for extensive cattle grazing and exposed to alluvial gold mining, will be achieved through sustainable management of forest resources to foster the natural regeneration of this bioculture ecosystem. 


25 native tree species have been planted in different stand models to allow for the natural regeneration of flown in seeds on the reforestation sites. This approach is different to other typical commercial plantation forestry entities currently active in Colombia as the management of mixed stands is far more challenging than that of monocultures. Little is still known about several tree species planted in the project, particularly with regard to their growth performance and silvicultural management and as such, grassland reforestation project activity offers a unique opportunity to obtain valuable knowledge about silvicultural management practices for mixed plantation forestry and the  suitability of native tree species for commercial plantation forestry.


By replacing unsustainable activities such as cattle farming and gold mining with sustainable commercial activities such as reforestation and native plantations, the project is expected to generate a significant increase in existing carbon stocks and GHG removals.


Antioquia and Arauca, Colombia


1,200 hectares

Project Type:

ARR (Afforestation, Reforestation, Revegetation)

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

80,000 Tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

1st,  02/02/2002 – 01/02/2032

Supporting sustainability and socio economic development

Not only is this project important for the reintroduction of native species once forgotten, it is also an important contribution to the sustainable and socio economic development of the local community though: 


  • Generation of employment and new jobs (direct and indirect) for locals
  • Alter land use patterns in the region, moving away from extensive, unmanaged cattle farming (and in some parts of Cáceres, gold mining)
  • Demonstrate that native commercial reforestation processes are viable in the area
  • Provide local and international markets with a new source of wood (legally and sustainably produced) 
  • Conserve species and ecosystems through the establishment of “natural” forest plantations of native species that are selected according to local biodiversity conservation needs and adapted to the soils found in the region
  • Contribute to the conservation of flora and fauna species that are threatened in the project regions of Cáceres and Cravo Norte


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

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

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.



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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.