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About this Project

Why support our “Co-Operative Climate Reserve” project?

Our “Co-Operative Climate Reserve” is an initiative inspired by the UN “International Year of Co-operatives” to celebrate international co-operation between co-operatives and their members.

The Cochabamba Project is a not-for profit co-operative that was founded in March 2009 with the specific purpose of raising funds for a programme of poverty alleviation and environmental repair involving a number of co-operatives of smallholders living in the tropical regions of Bolivia along the south-western rim of the Amazon. This programme is known locally as “ArBolivia”. The society funds a range of activities which contribute to the development of climate smart agriculture, including investment in co-operative forestry enterprise, which promotes the growing of native tree species in small lots as a small part of a sustainable land management plan for each individual member.

“Co-Operative Climate Reserve” is part of the society’s wider programme of conservation called the “Climate Action Plan” (http://www.climateaction.co.uk ). We are looking to establish a new conservation area, in order to protect and restore biodiversity, which will be designated as the “A Co-Operative Climate Reserve”.

The area chosen and the focus of our efforts will depend on the amount raised. As an example, the area may be designed to reconnect remnant areas of natural forest or to prevent erosion along water courses which have become prone to the flash-flooding as a result of climate change.

Restoring biodiversity is vital for the welfare of our smallholders’ families as it contributes to pollination and the health of soils which are used for crops.

Tree cover is important as this helps regulate water levels and humidity and provides valuable shade. All of which contribute to the health of both crops and cattle.

Erosion is a major problem in many areas, which can devastate livelihoods. Deforestation means that open land heats up and dries out more quickly and this leads to higher levels of humidity, which in turn results in more violent and sudden precipitation.

Tree Certificates for our Co-Operative Climate Reserve project are a way of protecting and regenerating the Amazon rainforest, one of the most precious ecosystems on earth. They help in many ways to compensate for our own carbon footprint, whilst enabling subsistence farmers to escape the desperate poverty which drives a vicious cycle of slash and burn farming & deforestation.

Each payment will cover the full cost of planting and maintaining native trees within the conservation area. After planting, each tree will be tended for 3 years until it is well established and will then be left to continue growing indefinitely. Sponsoring these trees will provide optimum biodiversity benefit and will help local farmers retain a healthy smallholding.

Your payment also includes a contribution to the cost of delivering a comprehensive and highly accredited programme of land management and social development to our smallholders. It provides impoverished farmers with professional land management support for their entire holding so that they can increase their farming yields and retain soil fertility for their crops. This means they can earn more income to provide for their families.

However with your help our families do not have to wait to see these benefits. Our funds provide immediate help in the form of:
• rent for the use of land to grow trees
• compensation for the loss of immediate income from crops, whilst the trees are growing
• remuneration for the labour involved in planting and maintaining trees.

Most importantly our highly trained technical advisers provide each family with a comprehensive, sustainable
“climate- smart” land use plan, based on “permaculture” principles.

In addition to higher yields our methods are also far less labour intensive – which means less back-breaking manual work for farmers in the sweltering heat of the jungle - and they also lead to higher levels of carbon capture in both plants and soil.

Perhaps most important of all, is that you can provide farmers with HOPE, since they will ultimately benefit from a more healthy environment and improved revenues from their land.

Please help subsistence farmers escape poverty and take action over your own carbon footprint by paying for trees to be grown.



Region

International

Get Involved


Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out:
If you have...
2 minutes –
Visit our website www.cochabamba.coop – email /tweet the link to as many friends as possible
5 minutes –
Help us build our list of friends on facebook
15 minutes –
Watch one of the videos on our website – www.cochabamba.coop – email / tweet the link to as many friends as possible
30 minutes –
Contact Co-Operatives UK

( www.uk.coop ) and help spread the word among UK based co-operatives.

Or: contact the International Co-Operative Alliance – (http://2012.coop/en/welcome ) and word help spread the word internationally.

Or:
Contact your employer or a business you work with and find out who is responsible for calculating and managing the carbon footprint of that business. Ask them if they would be willing to become a carbon partner, with one of our community based forestry businesses.

Or:
Contact your local school and ask them if they would be interested in the “Carbon Partners” programme http://www.carbonpartners.org.uk
A few hours –
Help us organise a fundraising event – a quiz night, raffle, sponsored run, cake stall, dinner party, have a stall at a local fete. (we can send materials)
A regular time commitment –
Act as an Ambassador. Help us run fundraising events and / or give talks in local schools, businesses and organisations. Full support given.
 

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Geographical coverage
International
What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Poverty which in turn leads to deforestation and loss of biodiversity. Economic migrants have settled in the area and become subsistence farmers. Deforestation increases through population growth and through destructive slash and burn farming
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
GDP: - per capita (PPP) $4,800 (2010 est)

Forest Cover( Bolivia) : 58,740,000 ha
54.2% of land area
Primary Forest cover 29,360,00ha – 27.1% of land area
50% of total forest area

Deforestation rates 2000 – 2005
Annual Change in Forest cover: - 270,000 ha
Total forest loss since 1990: - 4,055,000 ha
Total forest loss since 1990: - 6.5%
What is your solution?
We provide the capital needed to establish sustainable alternatives to slash and burn farming methods that are both environmentally sound and also provide more income and a better living for our partner communities.
How will you deliver this?
The Cochabamba Project raises finance from social investors, donations and payments for eco-system services.

This finance pays for a team of technical staff who work with our participating smallholders on the ground. They provide technical expertise, resources, capacity building and organisational services to individual smallholders building on their existing social structures and organisations. We provide technical services and support for a complete land management plan for their whole farm, based on permaculture principles.

As part of the plan we pay smallholders to plant and grow trees both for commercial harvesting and, in separate areas, for conservation and repair.
In addition to immediate increases in yields and hence revenues, we pay each farmer for the use of their land for commercial forestry, for their labour in planting and maintaining the trees and finally for compensating for the loss of revenues from annual crops which could have been grown instead of our trees. The smallholders can also look forward to a 50% share in the future net timber revenues.
 

About Us


Vision and Mission
Our mission is to provide the capital needed to enable smallholders to plant and grow trees and provide a regular income.
Our Track Record
We are currently providing an income for over 1,000 families and are maintaining 1400 hectares of new trees using 18 different native species, and managing approximately 20,000 hectares of land altogether.
Who Do We Help?
We currently help 978 smallholders and their families and pay for 42 local staff in Bolivia, directly contributing to the livelihood of over 750 families, 1200 hectares of land.
How Do We Deliver This?
The Cochabamba Project raises finance from social investors, donations and payments for eco-system services.

This finance pays for a team of technical staff who work with our participating smallholders on the ground. They provide technical expertise, resources, capacity building and organisational services to individual smallholders building on their existing social structures and organisations. We provide technical services and support for a complete land management plan for their whole farm, based on permaculture principles.

As part of the plan we pay smallholders to plant and grow trees both for commercial harvesting and, in separate areas, for conservation and repair. In addition to immediate increases in yields and hence revenues, we pay each farmer for the use of their land for commercial forestry, for their labour in planting and maintaining the trees and finally for compensating for the loss of revenues from annual crops which could have been grown instead of our trees. The smallholders can also look forward to a 50% share in the future net timber revenues.
Awards and Accreditations
Plan Vivo certification
Project Contact Details
David Vincent
cochabamba@gmx.com
Organisation Details
The Cochabamba Project Limited
52a High Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
S20 1ED, UNITED KINGDOM

+ 44 114 2368 168
http://www.cochabamba.coop

Industrial and Provident Society #30642R

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Milestone 1
We will carry out additional planting for erosion control with one or more farmers.
£2,500
Milestone 2
We will carry out additonal planting for an "ecological corridors".
£5,000
Milestone 3
We will establish a new conservation area designated as the Co-Operative Climate Reserve.
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