Co-benefits of forest carbon projects in Southeast Asia

22nd June 2022 by Charlotte Nightingale

Forest carbon projects can deliver multiple benefits to society. Within Southeast Asia, 58% of forests threatened by loss could be protected as financially viable carbon projects, which would avoid 835 MtCO2e of emissions per year from deforestation, support dietary needs for an equivalent of 323,739 people annually from pollinator-dependent agriculture, retain 78% of the volume of nitrogen pollutants in watersheds yearly and safeguard 25 Mha of Key Biodiversity Areas.

‘Why it is important to recognize the CO-BENEFITS of forest carbon projects’, this brief communication published in Nature Sustainability provides a strong argument for how recognising these co-benefits together with increases in carbon pricing could increase the financial viability of carbon projects and foster further benefits. The full article is available here.