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In March 2014 we started our carbon monitoring campaign in Kibale National Park, together with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Just last month the teams completed the work of this campaign. A total of about 350 plots were measured, with a total area of 70 hectares.

The teams had to cope with challenges of rain and equipment failure, but managed to finalize the work within the planned time. At the end of the campaign the quality control measurements were carried out, confirming the quality of the collected data. Right now, we are in the middle of data processing and reporting. Hopefully we will be able to issue VCS carbon credits in the third quarter of 2014.

This was our fourth carbon monitoring campaign in Kibale.

Deforestation is a large contributor to climate change. According to the FAO, the world’s total forest area continues to decrease, especially in South America and Africa. A large part of this deforestation is attributed to illegal timber trade.

One of the most targeted areas is the Amazon Basin. Most of this basin is covered by the Amazon rainforest. Measuring up to 5,500,000 km2, this (natural) tropical forest is the largest rainforest in the world. But, with timber being a main forest-product, more than 650,000 ha is (illegally) deforested each year in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru alone.

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Whether you are a football lover or you don’t like it all, you surely noticed that the 2014 football world championship is well underway.

The FIFA World Cup™ is one the largest sporting competitions in the world. One that will cause many tonnes of carbon emissions. To address this impact on the environment, FIFA established the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Carbon Offsetting Programme. In its turn, Brazil has encouraged private companies to purchase and donate offsets to help reduce the indirect emissions from the tournament. So far, 11 companies have taken responsibility, covering about 30% of the World Cup's total emissions.

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"I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia. "
(UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)

Today is Earth Day: an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to show support for environmental protection. It is celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Earth Day was firstly organized in 1970, which was widely viewed as the beginning of the contemporary environmental movement. It is organised by the Earth Day Network.

Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever.

Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.

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Since the early nineties we have been working on the VCS project “Restoring Kibale National Park” in Uganda. Since that time we have been regularly monitoring the carbon that is stored within the trees.

Last month we have started our 4th carbon monitoring campaign, together with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). In the coming two months, UWA staff from Kibale National Park and two other Ugandan national parks (Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon) will work together to measure the carbon stock in the 6,200 hectares of restored forest. With this campaign we are working towards a second issuance of VCS carbon credits, in the third quarter of 2014. 

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