In a period designated as the UN Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020), we as a company feel as strongly as the UN and other important world leading organisations about our commitment to protecting the inherent, vulnerable and diminishing levels of biodiversity which exists in the world today.
We have chosen to develop natural capital conservation projects, which include the conservation, measurement and protection of the unique biodiversity, as a key feature within each REDD+ project area.
To achieve this, we use a newly developed, quantified normative biodiversity metric (NBM), which is built into the comprehensive Natural Forest Standard, and accounts for the quality or pristineness of the inherent biodiversity and the presence of endangered species within a region, and is evaluated at regular intervals, to determine any changes in the region’s biodiversity score.
Each of the project areas have an abundance of varied biodiversity, including thousands of diverse species of fish, birds and of course trees, which are all extremely sensitive to human interference, so increased monitoring of and protection for them is vital.
The over extraction of the finite natural resources, including timber, pharmaceutical essences used for medicine and essential oils used for various beauty products, is also contributing to increased levels of deforestation and the devastation of unique biodiversity. This results in increased difficulty for the local inhabitants to live in a sustainable manner. Taking this ability away from these communities is depriving them of long established, multi-generational way of life which should be preserved.