China is among those countries worldwide that are affected by desertification. Arid and dessert areas are spreading quickly, thus destroying soil and vegetation. Afforesting barren land – like it is done in the Liangdu project – can help to put a halt to this phenomenon and can contribute to tackling problems like erosion, air pollution, and climate change.

This First Climate supported project comprises an area of appr. 24,000 ha of barren land in Guizhou Province. The areas are being afforested in close collaboration with local communities. The trees planted are native species. Aim of the project is to contribute to climate change mitigation by improving sequestration rates of atmospheric carbon. At the same time the Liangdu Project contributes to local sustainable development, it helps to conserve environment and biodiversity and it helps to improve soil quality.

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Key Facts

Provinz Guizhou, China
Project type:
Project standard:
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) & CCBS
Project start date:
April 2015

Total emissions reduction:
348,000t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

No poverty: The average monthly income of the villagers in the project area is around €230. The project pays approxi­mately €7 per day for tree planting or €25 per month for part-time technicians. For those involved, this pro­vides a significant boost to their normal income.

Gender equality: The project actively involves women in decision ma­king and employment opportunities. Of all those in­volved in the project, around 70% are women

Decent work and economic growth: Over 15,000 people have been employed in project activities. All those employed by the project receive training. In addition to this, tree planting reduces risk of landslides that could a9ffect agriculture and lead to reduced crop yields.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure: Parts of the project are located in mountainous regi­ons, where communities are often isolated with re­stricted access. The project supports the construction and improvement of roads to increase mobility for these communities.

Reduced inequalities: The project area is home to around 30 ethnic groups, including Han, Yi and Miao. The project provides op­portunities for all, regardless of ethnic background, gender or wealth, and promotes equality.

Climate action: By reforesting barren lands, the project contributes to increasing the carbon sink. Degraded lands are poor at sequestering carbon dioxide, so the increase in both the quality and quantity of vegetation will signi­ficantly impact local sequestration.

Life on land: Improving soil quality will help to prevent local erosi­on and desertification. Reforestation will also reduce the risk of mudslides, which are common in the regi­on, which contains over 70 rivers.

Partnerships for the goals: The project supports closer interaction between com­munities, individuals and other actors for the common goal of increasing forest cover. In addition to this, the new and improved access roads will increase social cohesion among isolated communities.