The production of carbon credits provides the backbone of Envirotrade’s revenue stream and operational infrastructure. Envirotrade has developed a unique social-forestry model that addresses the challenges of climate change, sustainable livelihoods and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa called the Carbon Livelihoods Programme. Using this model, Envirotrade produces Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) credits from community-based Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) activities for sale in the voluntary carbon market.
It is Envirotrade’s aspiration to make the Carbon Livelihoods Credit a global model for innovative social enterprise and developed/developing world partnership.
Envirotrade has established and registered a Mozambique non-profit association which administers the revenues earned from carbon trading that are destined for payment to participating farmers and communities in its Mozambique projects. The association includes membership from both Envirotrade and the stakeholder community associations, and is a structure that provides transparency and safeguards the interests of the participants. Envirotrade is represented in the association as a stakeholder and investor in its projects, and will continue to be so along with the other stakeholders and independent members. The association contracts with local Envirotrade project companies to provide the technical services for the projects, for example to monitor the carbon sequestered on individual plots, and fulfils no certification or validation role in the process. Monitoring and reporting is done by the employees of Envirotrade project companies in Mozambique and is subject to review and oversight by the Plan Vivo Foundation.