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Nahualá and Renacimiento Cooperatives Place the First Carbon Credits on the Voluntary Carbon Market

The Cam(bio)2 project has been carried out in the Nahualá and Renacimiento Cooperatives, affiliated with FECCEG (Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala, Marketing Federation for Special Guatemalan Coffee); in 2013, they placed the first carbon credits in the voluntary carbon market, through an alliance with CeroCO2.

CeroCO2 is a specialised initiative for determining and compensating the carbon footprint for different types of enterprises. It has a platform that offers companies seeking to compensate their emissions, relations with mitigation projects located in Latin America.

This is the first time that a group of small organic producers with lands of less than a hectare, are recognised for their contribution to climate change mitigation on the voluntary carbon market under Cam(bio)2 methodology.

These cooperatives are located in Sololá Department, in South-western Guatemala, where the population is primordially indigenous. With the determination of their environmental services, it was possible to estimate a total of 2800 tonnes of CO2e (Carbon dioxide equivalent credits).

Cam(bio)2 seeks to recognise the contribution that these producers have made through their agro-ecological management, recognising their contributions to the environment. The funds obtained from the sale of these credits were be invested in community projects to strengthen the Co-operatives.

Cam(bio)2 encourages the establishment of small Biofactories like those established at Nahualá and Renacimiento, in order to produce bio-fertilizers so that producers can make foliar applications on their crops to improve their current status. This initiative also provides for the elaboration of other products such as a sulfo-calcium mixture to control diseases, including Coffee Rust (Hemileia vastatrix).

During implementation of the Cam(bio)2 methodology, soil analyses are carried out to evaluate the nutritional conditions of the coffee plantations, a crop that predominates in the region. Based on this diagnosis, which is part of the Cam(bio)2 approach, it was possible to identify what deficiencies are most common among the plantations as well as weaknesses in crop management.

This initiative implemented by CEDECO Cam(bio)2 not only seeks to generate a solution to the nutritional and pest management problem in coffee cultivation, but also new sources of income for the co-operatives and the possibility of new jobs sources for the community.

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