Carbon Forest

Forestry Concept: Carbon Forest

For reforestation projects within our carbon offsetting business field, we have developed a special planting concept that incorporates the innovative component of “Nature Protects Nature” in addition to our proven approach with native tree species in a mixed forest system. The main focus of this planting concept is carbon sequestration.

A freshly created planting nest with tree seedling and companion plants

Nature-based reforestation

We employ a nature-based approach to reforestation, predominantly using native tree species that have varying growth rates and are adapted to the specific site condition.

The result is a natural and resilient forest that is able to withstand environmental impacts from both biotic and abiotic factors. The planting concept imitates the natural succession of a forest and creates new habitat for plant and animal species.

Nature-based reforestation

We employ a nature-based approach to reforestation, predominantly using native tree species that have varying growth rates and are adapted to the specific site condition.

The result is a natural and resilient forest that is able to withstand environmental impacts from both biotic and abiotic factors. The planting concept imitates the natural succession of a forest and creates new habitat for plant and animal species.

„Nature protects nature“ Concept

Our “Nature Protects Nature” concept is based on the idea that healthy natural systems and processes have the ability to maintain balance and protect themselves.

The complementary companion plants actively contribute to the preservation and protection of young trees: they provide shade, act as windbreaks, offer natural protection against various pests, and improve soil fertility. Additionally, they serve as natural fertilizer, with the harvested fruits providing food for local communities and the seeds being used to cultivate the next generation of companion plants—a sustainable life cycle that is as natural as possible.

„Nature protects nature“ Concept

Our “Nature Protects Nature” concept is based on the idea that healthy natural systems and processes have the ability to maintain balance and protect themselves.

The complementary companion plants actively contribute to the preservation and protection of young trees: they provide shade, act as windbreaks, offer natural protection against various pests, and improve soil fertility. Additionally, they serve as natural fertilizer, with the harvested fruits providing food for local communities and the seeds being used to cultivate the next generation of companion plants—a sustainable life cycle that is as natural as possible.

OVERVIEW OF OUR CARBON FOREST SITES

Costa Rica

Los Chiles
Farm Area (ha)
Caño Negro 300 ha
Llano Allegre 315 ha
Guatuso
Farm Area (ha)
El Pato 1-3 479 ha
Quebradon 55 ha
Santa Lucia 125 ha

OVERVIEW OF OUR CARBON FOREST SITES

Costa Rica

Los Chiles
Farm Area (ha)
Caño Negro 300 ha
Llano Allegre 315 ha
Guatuso
Farm Area (ha)
El Pato 1-3 479 ha
Quebradon 55 ha
Santa Lucia 125 ha
Los Chiles

Los Chiles is our northernmost site and is located on the border with Nicaragua. The southern part of this reforestation area borders directly on the well-known protected area “Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro”. Through our reforestation work, we are expanding existing biodiversity corridors and creating new habitats for flora and fauna. Before we acquired the approximately 720 hectares of land in 2022, this area was predominantly used for livestock farming – and its condition was degraded accordingly.

FACTS

Location: Region “Alujuela”; canton “Los Chiles”
Size: 615 ha
Subdivision: Caño Negro & Llano Alegre
Reforestation(s): Start in 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection of 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

Guatuso

Guatuso, with its approximately 820 hectares, is our largest site in the north of Costa Rica and borders the “Volcán Tenorio” National Park. This region is mainly characterized by its topographical features with its hilly landscape. This topography is very similar to that of our farm in La Virgen. The reforestation of forest is particularly important in these regions to prevent soil erosion. Before we acquired this land in 2022, it was used for cattle ranching.

FACTS

Location: Region “Alujuela”; canton “Guatuso” and “San Carlos”
Size: 660ha
Subdivision: El Pato 1,2,3, Quebradon 1,2, Santa Lucia
Reforestation(s): Start in 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection of 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

Los Chiles

Los Chiles is our northernmost site and is located on the border with Nicaragua. The southern part of this reforestation area borders directly on the well-known protected area “Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro”. Through our reforestation work, we are expanding existing biodiversity corridors and creating new habitats for flora and fauna. Before we acquired the approximately 720 hectares of land in 2022, this area was predominantly used for livestock farming – and its condition was degraded accordingly.

FACTS

Location: Region “Alujuela”; canton “Los Chiles”
Size: 615 ha
Subdivision: Caño Negro & Llano Alegre
Reforestation(s): Start in 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection of 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

Guatuso

Guatuso, with its approximately 820 hectares, is our largest site in the north of Costa Rica and borders the “Volcán Tenorio” National Park. This region is mainly characterized by its topographical features with its hilly landscape. This topography is very similar to that of our farm in La Virgen. The reforestation of forest is particularly important in these regions to prevent soil erosion. Before we acquired this land in 2022, it was used for cattle ranching.

FACTS

Location: Region “Alujuela”; canton “Guatuso” and “San Carlos”
Size: 660ha
Subdivision: El Pato 1,2,3, Quebradon 1,2, Santa Lucia
Reforestation(s): Start in 2022
Tree species: A site-specific selection of 24 predominantly indigenous tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and different growth rates, e.g. Almendro and Botarrama.

Colombia

El Veraneo
Farm Area (ha)
El Veraneo 1.555 ha

Colombia

El Veraneo
Farm Area (ha)
El Veraneo 1.555 ha
El Veraneo

El Veraneo is our first reforestation site located outside the Costa Rican borders. It is situated in the Colombian state of Vichada, in the Orinoco River plain. The hot and humid lowland at our new location provides ideal ecological conditions for implementing our reforestation concept with tropical native tree species. It also forms an important biodiversity corridor, connecting to the Amazon rainforest. We aim to restore this extensively grazed land by implementing our nature-based planting concept, reforesting the area and expanding the habitat for the flora and fauna of the Tuparro National Park, the largest and most significant park in the state of Vichada.

Facts

Location: El Veraneo, Vichada region
Total area: 1,555 ha
Individual farms: One unit
Aufforstungsarbeiten:  Started in 2023
Tree species: a site-specific selection of 6 native tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and varying growth rates.

El Veraneo

El Veraneo is our first reforestation site located outside the Costa Rican borders. It is situated in the Colombian state of Vichada, in the Orinoco River plain. The hot and humid lowland at our new location provides ideal ecological conditions for implementing our reforestation concept with tropical native tree species. It also forms an important biodiversity corridor, connecting to the Amazon rainforest. We aim to restore this extensively grazed land by implementing our nature-based planting concept, reforesting the area and expanding the habitat for the flora and fauna of the Tuparro National Park, the largest and most significant park in the state of Vichada.

Facts

Location: El Veraneo, Vichada region
Total area: 1,555 ha
Individual farms: One unit
Aufforstungsarbeiten:  Started in 2023
Tree species: a site-specific selection of 6 native tree species with high carbon sequestration potential and varying growth rates.