Natural Habitat Adventures pays to offset 100 percent of the carbon emissions from our trips, and we were the first tour operator in the world to do so! How does it work? We’ve partnered with the non-profit Sustainable Travel International
(STI) to fund carbon reduction projects around the world. In 2014 alone, we offset over 3,096 metric tons of CO2
for our travelers. Here are the carbon offset projects NHA has helped fund:
Reforestation of Northern Brazil
- Location: Brazil
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 70,000 megatons of CO2
The Maisa REDD+ project protects and restores more than 15,000 acres of forest within the “Amazon Deforestation Arc,” an area where close to 75 percent of forest cover has been deforested or degraded. More than 300,000 residents are connected to the project area, and eight local communities are directly engaged. Community involvement has increased access to public policies and services, strengthened local associations and cooperatives to disseminate better agricultural practices and techniques, and supported rural community development.
Biogas Program for Vietnam
- Location: Vietnam
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 500,000 megatons of CO2
The Biogas Program for the Animal Husbandry Sector project will install more than 180,000 biogas plants across 57 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces and create more than 2,500 permanent jobs by 2018. Each biogas plant has the ability to receive from 44 to 660 pounds of manure per day, which serves to both improve sanitary conditions on farms and power biogas lamps for electricity. By shifting dependence on natural fuel resources, there is a significant reduction in deforestation, contamination of surface waters, and even air pollution. The project also serves to improve sanitary conditions on the farms through connection
of latrines to sewers, with regular collection of animal manure from stables, which is then processed into high-efficiency fuel.
Alto Mayo Conservation
- Location: Peru
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 515,250 megatons of CO2
The Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative protects and restores 450,000 acres of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, a critical watershed that supports more than 240,000 inhabitants and is home to more than 1,000 unique species including rare birds, amphibians, plants, orchids and primates native to Peru. This area forms part of the Abiseo-Condor-Kutuku Conservation Corridor, one of the most threatened and most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Conserving the Alto Mayo forests is vital for mitigating global climate change, conserving biodiversity, and ensuring the provision of ecosystem services to the local populations inhabiting the area.
Reforestation of Yaeda Valley
- Location: Tanzania
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 18,000 megatons CO2
The Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation project in the Yaeda Valley Project is a community-based conservation effort to protect 50,000 acres of forested land along Tanzania's Yaeda Valley. Contributions to the project create a land trust for the Hadzabe people, who have lived in the area for more than 40,000 years but unfortunately have lost more than 90 percent of their land to outside interests. By working with a team of community leaders and elected village governments, this project aims to strengthen local natural resource management, enhance and diversify local incomes, and contribute to local, national and global environmental conservation goals.
Crow Lake Wind Farm
- Location: South Dakota, USA
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 430,000 megatons of CO2
The Crow Lake Wind project is a zero-emissions, grid-connected electricity generation source located on 36,000 acres in South Dakota and is the largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States. Seven of the turbines located at the Crow Lakes project site are owned by a group of 600 local community investors—the South Dakota Wind Partners—and one turbine has been sold to the Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, South Dakota. Mitchell Technical Institute uses the turbine as part of the school's wind turbine technology program, teaching future generations about the importance and intricacies of wind power turbines. This unique relationship also allows the school to sell the turbine’s output to BEPC while allowing access for generations of students and engineers to gain hands-on technical experience.