Rubber Forest Reforestation in Guatemala

Regenerating rainforests with high carbon absorbing rubber trees


The project aims to reforest and responsibly manage rubber tree forests and combat the deforestation of South America’s second largest rainforest

The ECO2 Rubber Forests Project promotes reforestation with sustainable and responsibly managed rubber tree forests across various regions in Guatemala, including: San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez, Escuintla, Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz and Petén, covering approximately 10,000 hectares of land. By providing positive incentives, this project offers an economically viable alternative to clear-cutting forests for cattle grazing or intensive crops like sugarcane. Additionally, it contributes to carbon removal from the atmosphere by reforesting degraded farmlands in Guatemala.

Guatemala’s rainforest cover, the second largest in South America, has been rapidly declining. From 2000 to 2005, an average of 27,000 hectares were lost annually, which increased to 68,000 hectares per year from 2005 to 2010, nearly tripling the deforestation rate within a decade. The main drivers of this alarming increase include cattle grazing, intensive crops such as palm oil and sugar cane, as well as mining explorations and narco-farms. In contrast, rubber tree cultivation has seen significant growth in Guatemala since its introduction in 1940, with over 100,000 hectares of plantations by 2012. These rubber tree forests play a crucial role in reducing approximately 40 tCO2 emissions per hectare per year throughout their lifespan.

Project Status:

VCS & CCB Registered


10,000 hectares


North and South, Guatemala

Project Type:

ARR (Afforestation, Regeneration, Revegetation)

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

28,033 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

31/05/2011 – 30/05/2067

Community Impact

Improved education and employment opportunities

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

The project provides biodiversity benefits that protect against deforestation together with sustainable benefits for the local communities and includes:


Will serve as a buffer zone and biological corridor for natural forests,  protecting areas of high conservation value, and ultimately avoids deforestation


Enrich biodiversity and provide more opportunity for adaptive response to natural challenges.


Benefit local environmental conditions by Improving community infrastructure and improved management of water quality. Development of educational programmes for local children.


Technical capacity building and forest management skills training that create additional employment opportunities, with a particular focus on employment for women.



Verification: This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.

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

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 15: Life on Land



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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.