Validation Assessment Report for the Philippine Peñablanca Sustainable Reforestation Project
The Rainforest Alliance has validated that Conservation International and Toyota Motor Corporation’s Peñablanca Sustainable Reforestation Project design is in compliance with The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance Standards, Second Edition and attained the gold level of approval for exceptional biodiversity benefits. This independent third-party validation covers the project on an area of 2,943 hectares of degraded lands in five barangays (districts) in the Municipality of Peñablanca, Province of Cagayan in the northen Luzon Island of the Phillippines. A total of 2,340 ha is included in consideration for carbon accounting. The project area contains both tenured and untenured lands within the Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape (PPLS) protected area. The goal of the project is to promote forest restoration, forest and biodiversity conservation, and alternative livelihood through reforestation, enhancement planting and agro-forestry. The project has estimated that it will deliver a net climate benefit of 362,920 t CO2e through avoided emissions and additional sequestration over the 30 year project length.