Pachama

Satellite-data enhanced forest protection and restoration

Location:

Madre de Dios, Peru

Forestry
Temporary
Carbon reduction

Why

Forests

?

Trees inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. They store carbon in their mass as they grow - one of nature’s natural carbon storage technologies. Recent research shows global forests store about 30% of all annual human CO₂ emissions. Learn more about forestry offsets in our Forestry 101 Primer

About

Pachama

Pachama uses satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to accurately measure carbon captured in forests, a process that has traditionally been labor-intensive and inconsistent. Pachama’s technology remotely monitors and verifies forests, providing increased accuracy and transparency for purchasers.

Our evaluation

Forests have enormous potential for capturing and storing carbon, but it’s difficult to verify and enforce forestry projects, and to ensure your dollars are actually causing them to happen (additionality).


We picked Pachama because they supplement documentation and verification of a third-party organization with its own remote sensing analysis to calculate the additional carbon benefit of the project, measuring biomass and comparing the results of their analysis to the volume of carbon credits being offered by the project. 


The Joro community is supporting projects that work with local communities to protect rainforests in the Peruvian Amazon. By supporting multiple projects, we reduce the risk of natural disaster in any one. 

evaluation

OVERALL SCORE:

3.5

/5

INTEGRITY:

3

/5

Verifiability Medium-High 4
Enforceability Medium-High 4
Permanence 10-100 years 2
Additionality Medium-High 3
Transparency Medium-High 4

TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL:

4

/5

Efficiency Medium 3
Scalability Medium 3
Catalytic Potential Medium 3
Ecosystem Benefits High 5
Community Benefits High 5

Joro community's impact

The Joro community has supported Pachama projects since 2020, including two in Madre de Dios, Peru, and one in Papua New Guinea. 


Our demand for new projects, alongside that of other buyers, has resulted in both projects selling out of their carbon credit supply. As a result, the owners are able to command higher prices for their carbon credits in the next vintage (in some cases, as much as 33-50% higher), moving closer to true costs of carbon.


Furthermore, Pachama is commanding enough demand to originate new forestry projects themselves, expanding the supply of meaningful forestry projects. As the Joro community grows, we’re also able to have a stronger voice as a buyer in requesting more evidence of community engagement and benefits from these projects on an ongoing basis. We’re excited to continue to support protection and restoration of natural carbon sinks with Pachama.