The project protects 738 ha of Maori owned tall indigenous rainforest, in western Southland, New Zealand. This wet rainforest is adjacent to Fiordland National Park on the very southern coastline of the South Island, and located at the start of the Hump Ridge Track. The forest has a silver beech canopy, intermixed with miro and totara.
Parts of the forest had been logged in the past, and some of the flat terrace land was cleared for farming. The forest is now protected by a conservation covenant. It is New Zealand's first (and so far only) project that supplies carbon offsets from tall indigenous rainforest.
The forest is owned by the Rowallan Alton (Maori) Incorporation who have given up the right to harvest timber from their forest in exchange for the opportunity to market rainforest carbon offsets to businesses and individuals. By deciding to leave the forest intact, the Rowallan Alton receive income from the sale of offsets. These funds now finance conservation management and community development.
The Rarakau landowners aspire to achieve excellence in sustainable land management, with grasslands adjacent to protected indigenous rainforest. Purchasing carbon offsets from this project will support this aspiration.
Project developer: Ekos New Zealand
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