Offsets are activities that reduce emissions of CO2 or work to decrease the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Trees and other plants absorb CO2 when they grow. In trees CO2 is incorporated into the wood, and kept there if the tree is not burned or left to rot. So trees actually remove CO2 from the atmosphere and thus start repairing the damage done by mankind. Many other offset projects only reduce the amounts of CO2 that is released, so they just make less damage, than what would otherwise occur.
One major reason is that we work with organisations of local farmers. They identify the land on which to plant and they make agreements with local authorities that the trees will stand for at least 20 years. They also commit to plant new trees, if they fell after 20 or more years.
Trees and their benefits are obvious. And we show here on the homepage how each customer’s trees are growing. See un der ‘Map’. We also provide reports from each sale, with pictures, calculations of carbon offsets produced and social effects of your payment
Villagers in Cambodia (and other developing countries) feel the negative effects of climate change. Rain has become more unpredictable and that is bad when your food is mainly rice, and it requires a lot of rain, on time. When rain comes it is heavier than before and can flush away roads or give floods, threatening people and cattle. This will get worse as climate change accelerates
CAFACA benefits these villagers: The villagers can use the trees as they like, except cutting them down. From fruits they can earn money and get food, from most trees they can get leaves to make compost or feed the cattle (and for some; use as food), from several species they can get medicine. And we plant trees where they can protect roads and irrigation canals or can provide shade.
From any sale of offsets the villagers, the school or the temple will get at least 20% of the income. They use this for common purposes.