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:
Western Brazil Reforestation
- Location: Brazil
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 397,380 metric tons of CO2
The Rio Preto-Jacundà REDD+ project preserves and restores more than 35,000 acres of forest within the “Amazon Deforestation Arc,” an area where close to 75 percent of forest cover has been deforested or degraded. The project protects more than 1,000 species of flora and fauna within the Machado River basin and benefits 130 local families. Community involvement is increasing access to public policies and services, strengthening local cooperatives to disseminate better agricultural practices and techniques, and supporting rural community development.
- Location: Colombia
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 58,000 metric tons of CO22
The Asorpar project is a community-based initiative designed to conserve and restore nearly 27,000 acres of degraded land in the Andean and Orinoquia mountain regions of Colombia. To reestablish rich forest ecosystems, the Asorpar project plants a diverse mixture of native species to create one of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity among reforestation programs. This approach has promoted the growth of 117 secondary plant species and created vital habitat for endangered animals like the mountain tapir, oncilla tiger cat and spectacled bear. Local communities have also benefited from the creation of more than 150 jobs in sustainable forest management and ecotourism, dramatically reducing dependence on employment in less-sustainable resource extraction industries.
- Location: Cambodia
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 67,000 metric tons of CO2
The Hydrologic Ceramic Water Filter Project will provide zero-energy water purifiers to 900,000 to 1.7 million people in as many as 315,000 Cambodian households during the project’s seven-year term. Local communities in this rural area have relied traditionally upon boiling water to purify it, which uses considerable energy—most of which is generated by wood-burning stoves. As the need for more clean water increases, so do does the pressure on the surrounding forests for fuel. Without an alternative, deforestation would be imminent. By reducing local communities’ reliance on natural resources, this project not only provides clean water and reduces illness, but also protects forests and improves home air quality through less wood smoke.
- Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
- Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 314,000 metric tons of CO2
The Isangi REDD+ project protects and restores more than 460,000 acres of primary forest in the heart of the Congo River Basin, the world’s second largest rainforest. The region is highly biodiverse and critical for sequestering global atmospheric carbon, but the Congo has lost 1,200 square miles of primary forest each year since 1990. The Isangi REDD+ project is reversing this trend by purchasing land rights and providing local communities with economic growth and support. In the project area, 20,000 residents across 20 villages have new homes, three new schools, cloud-based digital devices for access to more information and alternative protein programs that relieve demand on illegally-sourced bushmeat. Conserving the Congo is vital for mitigating global climate change, protecting biodiversity and ensuring preserving ecosystem services that the local populations rely upon.
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.