Papua New Guinea
Developer: NIHT Inc.
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.
NIHT Topaiyo helps conserve one of the most biologically diverse tropical areas on Earth.
Does the project have a net additional climate benefit?
Net additional climate benefit
Emissions reductions are calculated based on the difference between baseline, project, and leakage emissions. Pachama analyzes emissions claims to confirm that the project has a net additional climate benefit, and each credit represents at least one metric ton of carbon.
Is the climate benefit based on sound and conservative claims?
Pachama analyzes baseline emissions accounting to confirm that the reported baseline emissions are less than what Pachama observes with remote sensing.
Pachama assesses the project boundary, project emissions accounting, carbon inventory, and financial and legal additionality.
Pachama summarizes the project's reported leakage emissions accounting.
Is the climate benefit long-lasting?
Pachama quantifies emissions since the last verification to ensure the project continues to deliver a climate benefit.
Pachama characterizes fire and other natural risks and summarizes buffer pool contributions.
Does the project deliver benefits beyond carbon?
If a project occurs on community-owned land, Pachama confirms the community is fully informed of the project activity and impact, consent is given without coercion, and a grievance and redress mechanism is in place.
For ARR projects, Pachama analyzes native species planting, species diversity, regional suitability, and reforestation practices.
Pachama provides a summary of the project's awarded certifications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verification report 2017-2019