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Papua New Guinea

10,443 ha

NIHT Topaiyo

Avoided Unplanned Deforestation

Preserve rainforests intended for commercial timber harvesting


NIHT Topaiyo


Papua New Guinea

10,443 ha

Developer: NIHT Inc.

Avoided Unplanned Deforestation

NIHT has partnered with traditional landowners of New Ireland and East New Britain in Papua New Guinea to repurpose land originally scheduled for commercial timber harvesting into a forest carbon project. Since 2014, Papua New Guinea has been the world's largest exporter of tropical timber wood, making the island nation a key area for intervention. The preservation of these rainforests is essential not only for the carbon and biodiversity benefits but also for the well-being and prosperity of the people of New Ireland. Carbon finance provides landowners and communities with a valuable source of alternative income instead of cutting down these critical rainforests.

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Registry ID: 2293



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  • Net additional climate benefit

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  • Project risks

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Beyond Carbon

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  • Social impacts

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Impacts beyond carbon

Working in partnership with local stakeholders to support communities

NIHT is committed to the equitable participation of all stakeholders in the project's development and is working in partnership with local, provincial, and national-level governments. The project plans to reinvest 81% of net revenue into local communities. In addition to distributing funds directly to individuals, the project's funds are used developing access to online schools, expanding healthcare in the region, and introducing solar-powered electricity.


No Poverty

56% of the project's net revenue goes directly to the local community. Many in the area live below the poverty line, and the financial resources that carbon credits provide enable the purchasing of food, health services, and other benefits to help alleviate the impact of poverty.

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Good health and well-being

Topaiyo Foundation, a non-profit set up for the project, is directly addressing health needs expressed by community members themselves, such as nutritional programs, eliminating the high infant mortality rate, and women's health issues.


Quality Education

The project is actively developing access to online schools via WiFi access and has developed prototype portable solar-powered computer centers which allow online education for remote areas. The project is working towards the goal of 100% literacy for students 12 years old and over in the project area.

Home to ~5% of the world's biodiversity

Papua New Guinea rainforests are a haven for extensive varieties of flora and fauna. Industrial timber operations and forest conversion destroy key habitat for many species and further threaten already endangered species. This project works to conserve local biodiversity by protecting the rainforests within the project area. Additionally, it has completed a biodiversity study to further understand the species that live within the project area.

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Public registry documentsApplicable calculation methods are referenced in the reports below. Note that registries do not publicly provide all pertinent data required to reproduce emissions calculations. However, Independent Validation and Verification Bodies have access to the data needed to reproduce and verify emissions calculations.
  • Verification report 2017-2019


  • Project description


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