Green Resources’ Niassa Reforestation Project was registered on 14 January 2014 as the first afforestation/reforestation (A/R) project in in Mozambique under the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and is the third registered CDM project in Mozambique. The project’s first issuance of certified emissions reduction (CERs) is expected in 2017. Additionally Niassa Green Resources has been validated under the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance standard (CCBA) and is the only forestry plantation in Mozambique that has achieved the Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSCTM) for sustainable forest management.

The objective of the Niassa Reforestation Project is to contribute to mitigating climate change while meeting the growing demand for quality wood products from well managed plantation forests. The project will also contribute to sustainable environmental management, community development and poverty alleviation in Mozambique. The project will be implemented on 5,200 ha of degraded land in the Niassa province, North of Mozambique.

We would like to congratulate the Niassa Green Resources team that has managed to achieve an unparalleled level of certification within Mozambique, despite limited resources. The company has to date established 2,000 ha standing forest. Niassa has been the centre of extensive forest plantations in recent years, but the level of planting has declined significantly and almost come to a halt. We believe carbon finance can be a trigger to restart the forest planting activities in Niassa.

Furthermore the project aims to:

  • Establish and manage forest plantations to produce high quality wood products from sustainably managed forests. This will benefit the Mozambican forestry sector through an increase in the resource supply, improved management and sustainability of the national resource base;
  • Sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) through the planting of managed forests in areas of degraded and degrading land, generating high quality emission reductions in greenhouse gases (GHG) that can be measured, monitored and verified;
  • Promote environmental conservation, such as soil conservation, protection of water sources and enhancement of biodiversity through protection and management of existing indigenous flora and fauna and where possible enrichment planting with indigenous tree species;
  • Facilitate socio-economic development of the local communities through:
    1. Promotion of tree planting and reforestation activities in the local communities
    2. Provision of employment and training opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labor
    3. Support the development of local community initiatives through designating 10 % ownership of the carbon revenues generated by the project to them to carry out development programs as decided upon by community representative committees
  • Contribute for the development of local infrastructure including roads, bridges and public buildings

For more information, please contact:

Arlito Cuco, Managing Director Mozambique, (arlito.cuco@greenresources.no)

Mads Asprem, CEO Green Resources AS, (mads.asprem@greenresources.no)

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