Panda's Habitat Rehabilitation Project on Degraded Lands of Shenguozhuang Nature Reserve

The mountains of Southwest China are one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world, harboring wide variety of flora and fauna species, including the best-known endangered animal giant pandas. In the past decades, due to unplanned logging, overgrazing and other unsustainable agricultural activities, the regions have been suffering from deforestation, soil erosion and habitat destruction.

In 2011, Bluemarble Carbon Asset came up with the project concept of using carbon market to finance the rehabilitation of the damaged habitats (total about 1,500 hectares), and in 2012, it gained support from Shenguozhuang Nature Reserve Management Centre, who is the management body of the Shenguozhuang Nature Reserve, to support the implementation of the project.

The project not only provides carbon sink but will also re-build the ecological corridor connecting habitats within Shenguozhuang Nature Reserve and other adjacent nature reserves. The project will create tree planting and forest conservation job opportunities for local ethnic Yi people in the mountainous region. 

The proposed project sites were primary forests in the 1950s but due to unplanned logging, poor agricultural practices and overgrazing, the primary forests there have been destroyed. 

If there is no reforestation, the proposed project sites will continue its current status because the natural regeneration is very slow. Due the the financial and technological barrier, the project will not be viable without the support from carbon finance. 

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Project Details

Project type:
Afforestation or Reforestation
Yuexi County, 51 China
Project developer(s) or entities involved:

Bluemarble Carbon Asset

Project status:
Contact details:
Jerry Cheung, Co-founder 

Tel: +852 3619 3012 

Rm 1104, Crawford House, 70 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong 

Project size:
1,500 hectares
Total actual emissions reductions:
280,000 tCO2e
Estimated annual emissions reductions:
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Voluntary Over-the-Counter Market (OTC)
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Standard(s) and project area certifications:
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Crediting period:
30 years
Seeking additional support from:
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Official tenure and land-use rights on the project site(s):
Individual farmers/private landowners
Co-benefits of the project to people or ecosystems:
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Drivers of deforestation or forest degradation in the project area:
Planned commercial logging
Illegal logging
Small or medium-scale agriculture
Small-scale extractive activities
Project activities that address deforestation or forest degradation:
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Forest/land cover type:
Temperate coniferous
Tenure and use rights:
Individual farmers/private landowners
Species planting mix:
Only native species planted; no exotic species
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