- Investors and corporations still dominate the set of buyers and individuals still only accounted for 1% of forest carbon transactions in 2011.
- The top buyer motivations are addressing corporate greenhouse gas targets (29%), resale/investment (23%), and compliance/pre-compliance (23%).
- Thus, forestry carbon credits are still viewed primarily as a single-dimension environmental commodity. Benefits to communities might be a 'nice to have' feature, but they are secondary to many other business-related motivations. 'Benefit sharing' appeared three times in the 105-page report.
- Not unrelated to the above, there's a strong and continued preference of North American buyers for projects which are located in North America. This also holds true for buyers in Latin America, Oceana, and Asia.
- Although projects are frequently located in developing countries, motivations along the lines of "development" or "poverty alleviation" or "wealth transfer" are nowhere to be seen, unless they're included in the unspecified category of "Other" that accounts for 1% of buyer motivations.
- Projects registered under the Plan Vivo standard, which ensures direct carbon revenue sharing with poor communities (and which is used by COTAP's first 4 projects), are still relatively under-represented at 4% of the market.
Trees Planted: 1,400
Total Earnings To Date: $1,831
Livelihood Benefits: New house, furniture, children's school fees, invested in building a new school