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COTAP’s Spring 2015 Newsletter

June 9th, 2015

Due to the large number of updates, we put a simple summary in the actual email newsletter linking to this post, which contains all the details, photos, and links. Enjoy!

New and Repeat Business Customers

COTAP thanks repeat customers Restorative Formulations and World Wide Web Hosting (aka site5) and welcomes new U.S. customer Monarch Media and new Costa Rican customers Anca Médica, Hotel Giada, and Condominio La Floresta!

If your business is interested in addressing its climate impacts in a very global and meaningful way, get in touch and we’ll set up a time to explore the possibilities!

Transparency Updates

Partner Payments & Credit Retirements. We completed our February/March round of project payments and retirements, which can be seen at

Current Round. Since last time, Cotappers have offset 603 tonnes, we currently owe each project for about 150 tonnes, and we plan to start our next round of payments in mid-to-late Summer.

Annual Reports. The 2014 Uganda and 2013 Mozambique Annual Reports are now approved by the Plan Vivo Foundation and have been posted to our Transparency page. The India project’s 2014 report is under review and the Malawi 2014 report is anticipated to be under review by the end of June.

Dropbox Folder. You can now view and download all projects’ most recent documentation in one place: here. This includes each project’s most recent annual report, Project Design Document (PDD), and Technical Specifications (TS).

New Beneficiary Profile: Sinoliyamu Banda

Click on the picture to view the full profile for Sinoliyamu Banda, a farmer participating in the Clinton Development Initiative’s Trees of Hope project in Malawi.

New & Updated Interactive Data Maps for Uganda & Nicaragua

Ecotrust Uganda recently unveiled an interactive Google map for the Trees for Global Benefits project. To view individual farmer details, click on the menu icon at top left, select a region or “landscape,” and pick a farmer. A bigger version is here, and Taking Root’s updated map for their CommuniTree project in Nicaragua can be seen here

New Project Videos from India’s East Khasi Hills

COTAP partner Community Forestry International has produced several new videos about the Khasi Hills project. The main one, “When the Forest is Home,” is a 24-minute film about India’s first internationally-certified project under the United Nations REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) program. It tells the story of Tambor Lyngdoh, the charismatic project leader who has united ten indigenous Khasi kingdoms into a Federation to protect and restore the remote Khasi Hills forests in the state of Meghalaya.

Partner News & Events

Fall Stakeholder Meeting in Sweden. COTAP will be attending the Plan Vivo Foundation stakeholder event in Sigtuna, Sweden on September 28 & 29. Many project leaders will be coming together in one place for mutual learning about challenges, trends, and best practices around such things as payments for ecosystem services (PES), co-benefits, forest monitoring, and certification of non-carbon ecosystem services.

Plan Vivo Updates. The Plan Vivo Foundation’s April newsletter unveiled their new 38-page brochure about all 12 of their projects, 5 of which are on COTAP. The newsletter also describes PV’s participation in March conferences in Indonesia and Uganda, as well as notes new project applicants from Madagascar, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia.

Ecotrust Uganda’s March Event and June Newsletter. Ecotrust’s April/May Bulletin provides many updates on their burgeoning array of partnerships, workshops, and other activities. They also recently sent out a summary of their March conference in Kampala, attended by 170 constituents and with a theme of “Improving Livelihoods and Restoring Ecosystems.”

“Adventures in Cotapping,” or Sharing Our Challenges & Lessons

COTAP received positive feedback when we shared our decision to pause allocations the Sofala project in our previous newsletter. In order to grow and succeed, COTAP must constantly experiment with promising models to see what works and what doesn’t. Here are two recent experiments where we’re learning a LOT:

Microsoft/COTAP Employee Offset Matching Program. Last Fall, Microsoft teamed up with COTAP to pilot our innovative program to leverage their donation matching program to double the tonnes offset by employees and reduce their effective rate to $4.95 per tonne. Unfortunately, Microsoft failed to make the program visible to employees, so we’re searching for a new partner for this program.

20th Poverty and Environment Partnership (PEP) Meeting. At the request of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), we created a tailored page for “PEP 20” attendees to easily offset their unavoidable air travel CO2 emissions. The theme of the event was “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Inclusive, Climate Resilient, Green Economies.” In terms of CO2 tonnes offset, the results from this particular event have so far been modest. That said, the lessons and visibility COTAP gained from this effort are exciting and they are laying very important groundwork for future event opportunities.

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Cotapper Sightings!

Team COTAP was representin’ on the top of Mt. Whitney on June 1st. If you didn’t know, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet! A Cotapper was also spotted 300 miles north… at the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder in the Sierra foothills on May 30th! Click on the photo for the glorious, full-size version.

Until Next Time…

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New Nicaragua Project Video

April 1st, 2014

COTAP partner Taking Root has launched a brand new video about its social reforestation program in Nicaragua, showing how reforestation can help absorb the CO2 produced by our daily actions while providing important socio-economic benefits for smallholder farmers.

Meet A Farmer: Preciliano Diaz

May 30th, 2013

Preciliano DiazCommunity: San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua
Vintage(s) planted: 2012
Number of trees planted per vintage: 9,565
Total trees planted: 9,565
Earnings to date: $1,263.76
Total earnings (based on successful project): $5,974.20
GIS coordinates of their parcel(s): 537205 UTM East, 1454337 UTM North
Plan Vivo ID: 12.1.039

Preciliano has resided in San Juan de Limay for 30 years. Living with his family of 5, Preciliano is responsible for cultivating the land and working with his cattle.

He is thankful for the opportunity to work with the project because it helps him improve his land and it has helped him financially. Through the project he is able to buy food supplies for his household. He can also afford the tools to plant his trees and keep them healthy, as well as give back to the community by creating employment.

“The project has improved my life because I have learned much about the importance of trees,” says Preciliano. Moreover, he hopes that with more trees the climate will improve.

You can read more about our Limay Community Carbon Project, and support it by offsetting your CO2 footprint to it, at

Meet A Farmer: Felipe Marin Castellon Lopez

January 6th, 2013

Felipe Marin Castellon LopezCommunity:  Tranquera (Limay, Nicaragua)
Vintage(s) planted:  2011
Number of trees planted per vintage:  1,705
Total trees planted:  1,705
Earnings to date:  $278.49
Total earnings (based on successful project):  $1,388.38
GIS coordinates of their parcel(s):  546999 UTM East, 1465324 UTM North
Plan Vivo ID: 11.1.018

Felipe resides in Tranquera with his wife and their two girls, ages 11 and 5. When not working on the reforestation project, he cultivates his land and occasionally works as a day labourer.

A resident of Tranquera all his life, Felipe is thankful for the Limay Community Carbon Project, as no other project like it exists in the area. He is grateful for the employment that it provides to his community, which is “in crisis” financially, he states.

Through his revenue from the project, Felipe was able to buy farm tools, and even a bicycle for transportation around town. Through his interest-free loans, he was able to replace the barbed wire on his farm, which was in poor condition.

He hopes to continue working with the project for a long time and even add more land for reforestation when he inherits his aging father’s property. He hopes that this “unique” project will keep on expanding to benefit many more people.

You can read more about our Limay Community Carbon Project, and support it by offsetting your CO2 footprint to it, at

Meet A Farmer: Marcelino Arostegui Mendosa

November 16th, 2012

Community: Morcillo (Limay, Nicaragua)
Vintage(s) planted:  2012
Number of trees planted per vintage: 2,917
Total trees planted:  2,917
Earnings to date:  $446.24
Total earnings (based on successful project):  $1,711.13
GIS coordinates of their parcel(s): 544383 UTM East, 1453540 UTM North
Plan Vivo ID: 12.1.030

Marcelino is a farmer who cultivates principally beans, corn, sorghum, and fruits. He has lived in this region for over 20 years with his wife and their two boys.

Before Marcelino started working with the Limay Community Carbon Project, his farm was in disrepair. Now, through the project, Marcelino has bought various tools for his farm and has been able to do the repairs that the farm needed. He is quite grateful for the economic help, which has also allowed him hire his sons and some friends to help him set up his nursery. Lastly, he has been able to buy extra food supplies for himself and his family.

Marcelino is also looking forward to when he can cultivate the firewood from his plantation. His plantation will provide a long-term source of firewood and additional revenue, and will also reduce the pressure on the natural forest around his home.

He believes this project goes much farther than just reforestation; it is about the improving human and environmental ecology of the region. “This is a social project because there is more involvement from the community,” he states. “Also the new forest helps us to prevent future dry spells and desertification.” Marcelino promises to do everything he can do take care of his part of the forest and carry out the requirements of the project.

You can read more about our Limay Community Carbon Project, and support it by offsetting your CO2 footprint to it, at