In 2007, while governments and academics around the world seemed hopelessly mired in debate about how to accurately measure emissions from deforestation, an unlikely group of collaborators from diverse industry backgrounds such as finance, forestry, consulting, and international trade took up the challenge of managing “avoided deforestation” as an offset mechanism for emissions. To achieve this, we created InfiniteEARTH.
Our journey led us to Indonesia, whose tropical peat swamp forests contain some of the highest carbon densities in the world. These forests also happen to be among the most threatened ecosystems, due to the ever expanding biological deserts of oil palm plantations.
Within 36 months, we delivered the world’s first independent (and doubly validated) REDD+ methodology and founded the largest tropical wetlands conservation bank in Indonesia, The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, which became the first REDD+ project validated under the VCS standard and the first REDD+ project ever to receive triple-gold validation under the CCB standard