posted on 19 Feb, 2013
Habitat of Amur Tiger Protected by REDD+ Project
The Bikin Tiger Forest Carbon project located in Primorsky province in Russia’s Far East, is the first REDD+ project worldwide developed under the auspices of UNFCCC using the existing Joint Implementation (JI) mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. It aims at protecting 461,154 hectares of pristine forest from logging which will lead to an estimated emission reduction of 156,438 tons CO2 per year over the crediting period between 2009 and 2012. The sale of related emission reduction units will sustainably finance forest protection measures as well as community development activities. This will preserve the unique ecosystem of the Bikin valley, home of the Amur Tiger, the world’s largest living cat, and many other endangered species.
The project has been registered under the JI mechanism and under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS). The JI and CCBS documentation was developed by GFA ENVEST and validated by TÜV SÜD. In addition to the project’s contribution to climate protection, CCBS ensures that the project also delivers positive community and biodiversity impacts. An approved Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) methodology which provides a sound professional basis for the project proofing the environmental integrity and eligibility.
The Bikin Tiger Carbon project is owned by an association called Tribal Commune Tiger, which represents the Udege people, a local ethnic group. The International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has financed this pilot project that was implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature and KfW Entwicklungsbank.
This lighthouse project received great international attention and political support from both the Russian and the German government as it demonstrates the potential of carbon finance for climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development.