Forest Plantations, Cerro Largo, Uruguay
Rainforest Alliance, Inc.
GUANERÉ FOREST PLANTATIONS ON DEGRADED GRASSLANDS UNDER EXTENSIVE GRAZING
The main objective of the project activity are wood production, land restoration and carbon sequestration through afforestation. All practices are compatible with FSC standard for sustainable forest management.
The activity implemented by the project is the establishment of forests on land that had previously been under grassland for more than 50 years, therefore corresponds the the VCS category Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegatation (ARR). ‘Guaneré’ forest plantations on degraded grasslands under extensive grazing is a single GHG Project.
Guaneré Forest Plantations on Degraded Grasslands under Extensive Grazing is classified as a “project”, according to its scale: it will remove a total amount of 7,644,973 tCO2 in a period of 60 years. This means an average of 127,416 tCO2 per year.
The project comprises a total area of 21,298 ha with a long history of grazing by beef cattle, activity that have caused soil erosion and land degradation. Forest plantation for obtaining pulp and saw wood and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are being established since 2006. The project activity is implemented on degraded land, which is expected to continue to degrade in the absence of the project and hence the land cannot be expected to revert a non-degraded state without human intervention.