Natural Climate Solutions in Action

    Why invest in Natural Climate Solutions (NCS)?

    1. Climate Change: NCS can reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change
    2. Nature Protection: NCS protect and provide critical habitats for endangered species and promote biodiversity conservation
    3. Social Benefits: NCS support sustainable development and livelihoods for local communities and Indigenous People

    NCS in Action are powerful testaments to the critical importance of continued investment in natural climate solutions.

    Through interviews with project developers and local community representatives, these stories describe the reported biodiversity and social outcomes from projects, showing how NCS investments can make a real difference in the world.

    We are aware that some projects have encountered issues, therefore it is important to emphasise that the NCS in Action Testimonials are not intended as an endorsement of a particular project and they should not be considered substitutes for thorough and continuous due diligence. We strongly recommend any company considering the purchase of NCS carbon credits conduct their own due diligence. (Further support and information are available in the Buyer’s Guide to Natural Climate Solution Carbon Credits and the NCS Procurement Hub). For further information please read the Statement of Acknowledgement and Disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

    The following examples demonstrate the true benefits of continued investment in NCS on the ground. You can also read the summary report here.

    NCS in Action 

    Below are the testimonials of NCS in Action which demonstrate the impact of investment in Natural Climate Solutions:

    Guyana’s Jurisdictional Forest Carbon Credits Guyana

    Issued in 2023

    Guyana’s Program showcases how early action can translate to an operational mechanism for market-based financing for maintaining forest cover and protecting biodiversity, whilst sustaining livelihoods of Guyanese.

    Vida Manglar  Colombia

    Issued in 2023

    This blue carbon project in Colombia protects mangrove forests through the strengthening of local governance and the promotion of alternative productive activities.


    Laguna Om – Mexico

    Issued in 2022

    Producing carbon credits that benefit not only the ecosystem, but also its inhabitants in the ejido (community) Laguna Om, in order to ensure the long-term conservation of tropical forests in this region of Mexico. More information here.

    Nii Kaniti – Peru

    Issued in 2022

    Collaborating between seven indigenous communities in Peru’s Ucayali and Huanuco regions, building a thriving forest economy deep in the Amazon to conserve 127,000 hectares of critically threatened ancestral land. More information here.

    Conservation Coast Guatemala

    Issued in 2022

    Bringing together hundreds of diverse landowners to protect more than 62,000 hectares of threatened tropical rainforest. More information here.

    Carbon by Indigo - USA

    Issued in 2022

    Helping farmers in the USA adopt regenerative farming practices to produce carbon reductions & removals and connect with organizations integrating high-quality offsets in their long-term decarbonization and sustainability strategies. More information here.

    Keo Seima REDD+ Project Cambodia

    Issued in 2023

    Protecting the important forests and unique biodiversity of Cambodia whilst supporting local Indigenous communities to secure tenure and management rights to ancestral lands.

    Southern Cardamom  Cambodia

    Issued in 2023

    Within one of the last unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia, the project protects this crucial ecosystem from illegal logging and poaching through enforcement and community development.

    Katingan Mentaya Project - Indonesia

    Issued in 2022

    Protecting peat swamp forest and investing into local businesses via the Voluntary Carbon Market since 2017. More information here.

    Rimba Raya Indonesia

    Issued in 2022

    Protecting one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world, developing livelihood programs for surrounding villages. More information here

    Sumatra Merang Peatland Project Indonesia

    Issued in 2022

    Restoring 22,934 hectares of peatland rainforest, improving livelihoods and promoting rural economic development. More information here

    Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project - Zambia

    Issued in 2023

    Developing sustainable land-use practices in Zambia with local community involvement to conserve threatened forests and wildlife, supporting Climate-Smart Agriculture and bee-keeping while providing a vital buffer to the Lower Zambezi National Park.

    Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project – Kenya

    Issued in 2022

    Through dryland forest and endangered wildlife protection driven by extraordinary community sustainable development activities, this project in Kenya is estimated to avoid over 48 million metric tonnes of CO2e during its lifetime. More information here.

    Makame Savannah Project – Tanzania

    Issued in 2022

    Using REDD in Tanzania to conserve critical habitat for protected wildlife by collaborating with the Maasai communities to set up community land use plans that keep their cattle, themselves, and the ecosystem healthy. More information here.

    Northern Kenya Rangelands Project – Kenya

    Issued in 2022

    Removing and storing 50 million tons of CO2 over 30 years by implementing sustainable grazing management over nearly 2 million hectares of savannahs and grasslands in Kenya. More information here.

    Ntakata Mountains Project – Tanzania

    Issued in 2022

    Working with local farming communities in Tanzania to manage and use REDD carbon credits to fund the protection of important wildlife habitat and enhance connectivity in the Greater Mahale ecosystem. More information here

    Yaeda-Eyasi Landscape Project – Tanzania 

    Issued in 2022

    Protecting the ancestral forests of the Hadza hunter-gatherers and Datooga pastoralists in Tanzania by securing their ownership of the natural resources and generating carbon revenue through forest protection, finances protection activities and community development. More information here.   

    Luangwa Community Forests Project Zambia

    Issued in 2022

    Protecting over 1 million hectares of forest, benefitting over 217,000 people through income generation and social services development. More information here

    Mai Ndombe REDD+ DRC

    Issued in 2022

    Partnering with the local community to protect 300,000 hectares of the world’s second-largest intact rainforest. More information here

    For further information


    Two launch events hearing directly from the project proponents on the stories behind their success. Watch the recording featuring Sumatra Merang, Katingan Mentaya and Luangwa Community Forests Project here. Watch the recording featuring the Conservation Coast, Rimba Raya and the Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project here.

    Statement of Acknowledgment: 

    The NCS in Action are testimonials designed to highlight the benefits for people and nature associated with NCS projects and programs financed through the voluntary carbon market. The NCS Alliance strongly believes that the voluntary carbon market is necessary for financing NCS projects and programs. It is critical however that it rests on the integrity of the climate benefits, i.e. the ability of credits to truly represent real and verifiable carbon reductions.

    The NCS Alliance recognizes the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest science and best practices as carbon-crediting programs evolve. We acknowledge that there have been challenges with certain methodologies and that improvements have not always been made as quickly as necessary. However, we believe that this is a valuable learning-by-doing process and that scaling up NCS is crucial in achieving global 1.5C goals. In support of this, the NCS Alliance will continue to highlight projects and programs in this space while also advocating for consistent improvement in standards and methodologies. For more information about how and when these methodologies are updated see Verra, Plan Vivo, ACRART.


    Inclusion of an NCS project or programme in the ‘NCS in Action' testimonials does not imply a recommendation to purchase, trade or retire credits associated with the program. The NCS Alliance and its members take no responsibility for the purchase, trade or retirement of credits from these projects and programmes. Instead, it recommends that individuals, companies and other organisations procuring credits as part of their climate strategies conduct their own independent due diligence to validate the quality and environmental integrity of their purchases. The NCS Alliance secretariat in no way benefits financially or by other means from the selection.

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