Envirotrade, a Mauritius-based company with offices in both the UK and South Africa and project operations in Mozambique, has developed a business model using the sale of carbon offsets to support the conservation and management of existing forests and the planting of new ones. It is not a substitute for resolute international action to address the central issues associated with human-induced climate change – but it is a means through which concerned businesses and individuals can link up with forest farmers in developing countries to change the way in which we use natural resources and impact on our environment.
Envirotrade’s unique approach addresses poverty alleviation, sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, while also tackling carbon emissions in conservation areas recovering from protracted conflict. It is a new way of doing business – offering a new way of life for individuals, forest communities, and the natural environment. The money that project communities in Mozambique earn from CO2 offset sales through our Carbon Livelihoods Programme allows them to make the switch from ‘slash-and-burn’ agriculture to sustainable food production.