After deciding to purchase carbon credits to offset past emissions, we researched many different options for offset purchases. We wanted an offset that will result in a net decrease in greenhouse gas emissions that would not otherwise have occurred, that is verified, that has an acceptable level of overhead, and that will also benefit, and not harm, biodiversity and local communities. After a thorough search, we chose to purchase in the Makira Forest Conservation Project.
The Island of Madagascar off the East Coast of Africa is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The Makira Forest, in the northeastern portion of Madagascar, is home to some of the island’s most endangered species, such as the Madagascar serpent eagle and the red ruffed lemur and the silky sifaka, two species of endemic lemurs.
The Makira Forest Conservation Project, a joint project of Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Government of Madagascar, will mitigate 9.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 30 years through forest conservation, while also greatly benefiting the native species and local communities in the area. You can purchase your own offsets in this project here.