This project is designed to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, maintain biodiversity, and create alternative livelihoods. The 445,339 ha area includes parts of Southern Cardamom National Park and Tatai Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia and protects a critical part of the Cardamom Mountains Rainforest Ecoregion—one of the 200 most important locations for biodiversity conservation on the planet.
The project’s climate benefits include avoided emissions of approximately 12 million tCO2e during this first monitoring period and over 115,000 million tCO2e over the project's lifetime. It also generates important biodiversity and community co-benefits, including new and sustainable livelihood opportunities from direct employment and alternative income generating activities (IGAs) to initiatives to stimulate investment in businesses. These opportunities will be designed to reduce pressure on the environment while significantly increasing community well-being.
Additional programs will address food security, improve health and education facilities, as well as raise environmental awareness. Biodiversity co-benefits get a greater protection of the ecosystem predominantly by means of increased security and improved monitoring. The project also protects critical habitat for significant populations of many IUCN-listed species—including the Asian elephant, Asiatic black bear, sun bear, large spotted civet, clouded leopard, and dhole—as well as the critically endangered Siamese crocodile and southern river terrapin.
The Delta Blue Carbon Project – Phase 1 (DBC-1) is an initiative to promote climate-change mitigation and adaptation, maintain biodiversity and create improved livelihoods, well-being and employment for forest-dependent communities in the project zone, an area comprising 350,000 ha of the Sindh Indus Delta Region in the Thatta and Sujawal districts of Sindh Province in south-eastern Pakistan. The delta is a vast complex of tidal river channels and creeks, low-lying islands, mangrove forests, and inter-tidal areas. Its mangrove forests are unique in being the largest area of arid climate mangroves in the world.
Listed as a global ecoregion in the World Wildlife Fund’s Global 200, the region holds great ecological significance, supporting unique animal and plant species. The Indus River is the main migration route of thousands of birds, which cross over the Himalayas.
This project's goal is to protect and restore 149,800 hectares of peatland ecosystems, offering local people sustainable sources of income while tackling global climate change. The project area stores vast amounts of CO2 and plays a vital role in stabilizing water flows, preventing devastating peat fires, enriching soil nutrients, and providing clean water. Rich in biodiversity, it is home to large populations of many high conservation-value species—including some of the world’s most endangered, such as the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus)—and is surrounded by villages for which it supports traditional livelihoods, including farming, fishing, and non-timber forest-product harvesting.
The project area is located entirely within state-designated production forest which, without the project, would be converted to fast-growing industrial pulpwood plantations. The project prevents this, having obtained full legal control of the production forest area through an Ecosystem Restoration Concession license, blocking the applications of plantation companies.
This project has completed the additional Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standards. The forest habitat supports 2 critically endangered, 11 endangered and 31 vulnerable species. Preliminary estimates indicate an estimated population of nearly 4,000 orangutans and 10,000 Bornean gibbons, as well as over 500 Proboscis monkeys. These populations represent over 5% of the remaining global populations of these species. Overall, the project area’s biodiversity includes 157 birds, 67 mammals, 41 reptiles, 8 amphibians, 111 fish, and 314 floral species.