We help governments, local landowners, and forest communities prosper from protecting forests and wildlife through a voluntary market mechanism called REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), a United Nations-supported approach that enables corporations to finance emissions reductions by halting deforestation in highly threatened landscapes.
At its heart, deforestation is an economic problem, one fundamentally rooted in the need of communities and governments to generate a sustainable livelihood and achieve prosperity. It’s why the path to ending deforestation is inherently an economic one. It requires supporting communities and governments to create alternative sources of income and giving a value to the forests, so they are worth more when they remain standing.
We use voluntary carbon markets and REDD+ to channel finance from corporations to conservation projects and indigenous and local communities in highly threatened forest landscapes with critical biodiversity and carbon stocks. We work with a team of experienced partners, in the field and in the market, who share a common goal to deliver these projects and scale up forest protection across the globe.
Everland represents the world’s largest portfolio of high-impact REDD+ forest conservation projects, working on their behalf to market to businesses, on an exclusive basis, the Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) they generate as a result of their successful efforts to reduce deforestation. Companies which purchase VERs from our projects are able to take meaningful action to halt forest loss, climate change, and biodiversity loss, by creating material financial incentives for communities and governments to protect forests over the long term.
This approach supports durable and impactful conservation that makes a significant contribution to climate change mitigation globally. Working to the highest scientific standards, the projects we support deliver lasting results because they do much more than protect the forests – they deliver transformative impacts over decades because the projects are designed in collaboration, and implemented in partnership, with local communities. Through our approach, improved forest protection generates the resources needed to create new sustainable economies, establishing the conditions for a lasting transformation of the economic relationship between people and the forest. All of this results in millions of tonnes of carbon emissions being avoided each and every year.
Our projects conform not only with the strongest third-party standards, including Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, but also with our own rigorous due diligence standards. Our standards require projects to achieve high levels of impact relative to their theories of change; invest a majority of VER sale proceeds into community, forest, and wildlife activities on the ground; feature world-class management; have strong stakeholder relationships on the ground; and conform with best practices with respect to key project design elements, for example Free, Prior, and Informed Consent with communities.
Our staff have overseen global portfolios of sustainable forestry, agriculture, and REDD+ projects, and directed operations for the largest auditor of VCS projects in the world. With the support of a worldwide network of experienced sustainability professionals, we conduct thorough due diligence on each project to ensure they meet our standards, including field visits to meet the project team and engage with the project’s key stakeholders in person.