ClimeCo understands that for it to be successful, plastic removal projects need community-driven approaches that will significantly impact the amount of plastic waste recovered. It is vital that ClimeCo partners with organizations worldwide to not only reach environmental goals but also strive for biodiversity conservation and protection.
Cambodia & Vietnam
This project has significant benefits for the local communities as well as cleaning up and protecting their waterways and shorelines from plastic pollution, greatly benefiting marine life.
The Kenya project supports over 350 fishers in the local Indian Ocean coastal communities by empowering them to collect abandoned nets, gear, and marine litter. This project provides encourages the fishers to use more sustainable fishing practices, including the reduction of overfishing by pausing and limiting their fishing activities while collecting plastic.
ClimeCo’s partnership with Restore the Earth Foundation will result in the successful reforestation of over 20,000 acres of coastal and bottomland hardwood forest across several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) in Louisiana. The project will seek the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity accreditation from Verra, which serves as a permanent marker to highlight the value of this project addressing climate change, supporting local communities and stakeholders, and enhancing and conserving biodiversity. These ecosystems have experienced significant habitat loss from anthropogenic land use alteration and climate-induced storm surges, leading to a loss of habitat and biodiversity for aquatic and terrestrial species of local, regional, and national significance. Re-establishing this critical habitat will support hundreds of fish, mollusk, crustacean, arthropod, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal species and enhance overall ecosystem health.
Indonesia is home to over 20% of the world’s mangroves but has lost nearly 40% in the last three decades. ClimeCo is working with Yayasan Konservasi Pesisir Indonesia (YAKOPI) to reforest over 2,700 acres of mangroves in the Aceh and North Sumatra regions of Indonesia, regions renowned for containing the highest biodiversity in the Asian Pacific Region. ClimeCo and YAKOPI are working with over 200 villages to restore mangroves in areas where mangrove habitats have been lost through unsustainable aquaculture practices and damaged by the 2004 tsunami. Through this project, ClimeCo will help restore mangrove ecosystems that provide critical habitat for terrestrial life such as insects, reptiles, and mammals, prime nesting sites for migratory birds, and serve as crucial nursery grounds for hundreds of species of fish and crustaceans. This partnership will provide gender-equitable employment and support investment in ecotourism and the establishment of sustainable silvofisheries within the mangroves that will improve the resiliency of the region’s coastal fisheries and the livelihoods of local communities.