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Urapi’s first investment, Café Selva Norte, grew from our long-lasting relationships with cooperatives in northern Peru.
We are currently working with 10 cooperatives, to reverse land degradation and restore degraded land by :
Providing financial support for the renovation of aging farms and/or restoration of degraded land into agroforestry systems
Operate a state-of-the-art dry processing mill, co-owned by coops, for improved quality and traceability
Generating carbon credits within two VCS-certified projects – one for ARR and one for conservation
Generating added value for cooperatives and their members through sales of coffee and carbon credits
Over the 15 years of the lifespan of the project, we aim to:
involve 3000 producers, favoring the increase of their income
reforest 8 250 hectares with sustainable agroforestry systems.
60 jobs positions
sequester and avoid the emissions of
3.8 M Tons CO2
conserve 200,000 hectares of forest
CAFÉ SELVA NORTE
The Café Selva Norte coffee mill is a great example of ECOTIERRA's involvement in building inclusive and sustainable supply chains.
The mill is co-owned with cooperatives, which have the option to gradually become full owners over time.
The first mill in Peru equipped with Cimbria equipment. Its technology preserves the integrity of coffee while providing adequate environmental and safety conditions.
The mill runs 2 lines, one for high volume processing and one focused on micro-lots with the ability to handle special preparation such as honey and natural coffees.
SELVA NORTE CONSERVATION REDD+
FINANCE TOOL FOR CONSERVATION INITIATIVES IN PERU
The Selva Norte Conservation project (CSN+) is a grouped REDD+ initiative developed by ECOTIERRA that is financed by URAPI. CSN+ is developed following the VCS Standard and methodology VM0006. The project aims to reduce GHG emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation as well as increasing carbon sequestration of over 200,000 ha in the regions of Amazonas, Cajamarca and San Martin, in the north of Peru.
CSN+ is a first of its kind. It allows native and farmer communities as well as private forest owners and local organizations to access carbon finance tools to improve their conservation efforts. The project will also contribute to consolidating an important biodiversity corridor and protect key ecosystems in the region.
CSN+ first group of instances has already been defined with four private conservation areas, including the biggest private conservation area in Peru.
Validation/verification is expected to occur in the first trimester of 2023, including the first emission of VCUs.
Forestry PRODICOM is a grassland afforestation project in the northern Peruvian Andes, specifically in the regions of Cajamarca, La Libertad, and Ancash.
The Forestry PRODICOM project aims to convert abandoned or low-productivity grasslands into productive forests using species such as pine and eucalyptus, which will contribute to the conservation and stabilization of soils and water regimes and, at the same time, will increase the income of agricultural producers through the production and sale of wood and non-timber forest products, such as edible mushrooms, and the marketing of carbon credits.
Since 2015, Ecotierra has been working with agricultural organizations and producers to:
Provide technical assistance and monitor afforestation actions.
Geo-reference forest hectares, calculate the carbon credits generated and register them in the MINKA™ application for commercialization.
The PRODICOM Forestation project aims to:
Afforest 5 000 hectares of abandoned or low-productivity grasslands
Market carbon credits for a 35 year accreditation period
Capture and avoid the emission of 1,3 M de tons CO₂
Since 2015, the Forestry PRODICOM project has allowed:
The afforestation and georeferencing of approximately 1793 hectares which were recorded and tracked in MINKA™.
The participation of more than 180 agricultural producers, from the regions of La Libertad and Ancash who will benefit from the Forestry PRODICOM project.
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The RioSierra Project is located in the buffer zone of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada National Park, which features the highest coastal mountain range in the world and numerous endemic and threatened species.
The project was co-designed with Red Ecolsierra, a group of 22 collective associations of coffee farmers, which exists since 2001 and boasts 394 members. Red Ecolsierra has been very entrepreneurial in the past creating partnerships with Apisierra, a honey cooperative, acquiring a warehouse and small-scale facilities to transform coffee and honey, and experimenting with the production of organic fertilizer and pesticides. Urapi’s investment will allow Red Ecolsierra to realize its full ambition while multiplying positive environmental and social impacts.
Over the 15 years of the lifespan of the project , we aim to:
producers, favoring the increase of their income
4,500 hectares to sustainable agroforestry
Conserve 70,000 hectares of forest
Sequester and avoid 1,3M tonnes of CO2
The RioSierra Project is the second project financed by Urapi. Located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are working with the Red Ecolsierra cooperative to implement the following:
Financial support for restoring land, introducing sustainable coffee & cocoa agroforestry systems, with honey production
Carbon credit generation within a VCS certified project
State-of-the-art dry processing mill, collection centers and compost production plant, co-owned by coops, for improved quality and traceability
Sales of project’s coffee, cocoa, honey and carbon credits with added value
RioSierra, ECOTIERRA and Red Ecolsierra, began the production and distribution of bio-fertilizer throughout the region of Northern Colombia. The use of bio-fertilizer amongst farmers continues to grow, due to the environmental sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and potential to improve soil health, crop yields, and reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers.
As a result of this collaboration between organizations, Granja BioAgricola was established to produce bio-fertilizers. Granja BioAgricola delivered approximately 700 tons of fertilizer for use in 2022, with an expected production of nearly 1200 tons for 2023.