CBD Reports Progress on COP Carbon Offset Programme

1 December 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification indicating that, on 25 November 2008, the Technical Project Manager of the state of Paraná, Brazil, Sergio Mudrovitsch de Bittencourt, and the head of the state's forestry department, Paulo Caçola, officially delivered a report on the carbon offset programme for the operations of the Secretariat of the CBD from the ninth to tenth meetings of its Conference of the Parties (COP), as defined in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the CBD Executive Secretary, Ahmed Djoghlaf, and the Governor of Paraná, Roberto Requião.

The report details the outcome of the 118 hectares of land reserved by the Secretariat to offset 10,200 of carbon-equivalent for the Secretariat's operations between 2008 and 2010. The 37 native tree species planted have an audited survival rate of 98% and are projected to offset up to 10,600 tons of carbon over 30 years. In addition, the area will have permanent protection under Brazilian law. This initiative is part of a larger project called “Riparian Reforestation Programme,” led by the Government of the state of Paraná. The programme is an official partner of “Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign” under the UN Environment Programme. [CBD Press Release]