A Co-Operative Climate Reserve

by The Cochabamba Project Limited
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About the project

Goals

Tipping Point £1,000
Milestone 2 £2,500
Milestone 3 £5,000
£245
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

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.

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)
  • 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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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our mission is to provide the capital needed to enable smallholders to plant and grow trees and provide a regular income.

Geographical coverage

International

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 Recognitions

Plan Vivo certification