Livelihoods is a new type of « hybrid » vehicle, which leverages the carbon finance to deliver long term social value to communities. For Livelihoods, carbon finance is a mean and an opportunity, not an end. Livelihoods want to collect money which is directly invested in large scale community programs to generate long term sustainability. In return, carbon credits are the payment for investors on risky investment with long term, limited return.
The Livelihoods fund will focus on 3 areas:
1 – Restoration of natural ecosystems (mangroves, reforestation, REDD, etc)
2 – Agroforestry, agriculture and grasslands
3 – Rural energy
The story began in 2009 in Senegal between Oceanium and Danone with a reforestation project. 70 millions of trees were planted by 400 villages and the Livelihoods Fund was created.
Livelihoods mobilizes companies, financial institutions, large foundations which invest their money in a mutual fund. The Fund uses this money to finance the programs in the field. In return, the investors will get carbon credits to offset their own C02 emissions or sell the credits if they are not interested in carbon offsets.
All Livelihoods programs are registered under existing CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) or VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) carbon methodologies. Livelihoods aims at the best quality social and environmental standards such as the Gold Standard or CCBA. A rigorous process is followed to measure the carbon sequestration and register the projects at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Initiated by Danone, the fund is opened to other companies: Schneider Electric, Credit Agricole, CDC Climat, La Poste have already joined Livelihoods.
Find more about the projects and the fund with our tag “Livelihoods”.
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