HOW WE WORK

How will Equitable Earth meet our goals of ending deforestation and biodiversity loss while driving climate finance directly to forest communities and the Global South?

We will certify and issue high-quality Forest Carbon Credits through the voluntary carbon market. We certify these community-led projects through a rigorous process that verifies equity, transparency and accountability every step of the way. Projects will be certified by Equitable Earth and by independent third-party auditors, and will be closely reviewed and approved by the forest communities themselves. 

We will only certify projects that are community-led and protect the interests of forest communities. To do this, we will require adherence to strict rules of project management – from equitable and transparent revenue sharing, to improved best practices for Free, Prior and Informed Consent, to strong evidence of community leadership and decision-making, to the implementation of community rights protections, safeguards and grievance mechanisms.

We will measure project effectiveness holistically. We are developing carbon measurement and overall impact methodologies, in collaboration with leading scientists, standards and development experts. We will make all of our data and our methodology public and accessible from the outset. We also offer full transparency in the flow of money to local communities and transparency in project management.

We will operate across all three rainforest regions in Latin America, Africa and Asia. We aim to help turn the areas of tropical rainforests most at risk of deforestation into successful conservation and community development projects led by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

Three women carrying crops in Mai Ndombe
Filip C. Agoo

What core principles guide our work?

Indigenous Peoples and local communities are at the heart of our work. Stopping deforestation happens on the ground by frontline communities, and forest projects need to work for them. Equitable Earth is built from the beginning in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and forest communities to drive climate finance directly to their own sustainable development goals and ambitions.

We will require transparency and adherence to strict rules of project management – from equitable and transparent revenue sharing, to improved best practices for Free, Prior and Informed Consent, to evidence of community leadership and decision-making, to the implementation of community rights protections, safeguards and grievance mechanisms.

We will certify the validity and impact of the credits we issue. 

We understand that the quality of our forest carbon projects is not just about the outcome of protecting the climate. High quality also means that projects are done in an equitable and inclusive way for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

All of these outcomes work together in support of the community’s own sustainable development goals. Equitable Earth certified forest carbon credits will be aligned with the UN Goals for Sustainable Development as well as evolving nature positive and ecological benefit frameworks.

Equitable Earth uses leading-edge science, data, digital and field-based measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) to allocate high integrity baselines and monitor carbon stocks. We take responsibility for the quality of our world-class carbon science and how it is applied by projects under our standard, ensuring that all projects meet the same high standard.

We issue forest carbon credits based on the best available data – in partnership with governments, leading scientists and monitoring technology providers.

Our standard is designed for projects to nest into the national forest programs that contribute to global climate commitments – our solution for the need to connect project- and country-level carbon accounting and avoid double counting the carbon benefits across these two scales.

Our projects are monitored and verified through our carbon project accounting standard and our platform for digital monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV).

Our standard enables payment to local communities for stopping future deforestation (avoided deforestation), restoring degraded forest areas (carbon removal), and stewarding intact forest ecosystems.

Putting these three conservation activities into one standard acknowledges and incentivizes the conservation cycle and its ultimate goal of advancing a project from the restoration of degraded or damaged ecosystems to the stewardship of stable ecosystems.

We meet global conservation goals, not an organization’s carbon neutral goals.

Equitable Earth will define the claims that can be made by companies buying our forest carbon credits to make sure they are verifiably true and not used in a misleading way to cloud their decarbonization plans in their core business.

Our forest carbon credits are not for carbon offset claims, but to pay Indigenous People and local communities for the essential service of protecting forests and biodiversity around the world.

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