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Degraded Grasslands Afforestation, Uruguay

Key Facts:

  • Nature-based solutions| Afforestation/reforestation project
  • Removes 125,000+ tCO2e per year
  • Supports 3 of the 17 UN SDGs
  • Verified under VCS and CCB


Uruguay’s tree cover has decreased 24% since 2000 per Global Forest Watch. This area of Uruguay has been grazed by cattle for over 300 years which has led to soil erosion and degradation of grasslands. Without carbon finance, tree planting is not a worthwhile form of land use for locals.


Carbon finance is used to combine sustainable forestry with cattle grazing. Trees are planted on higher and more degraded land, reducing topsoil degradation, while cattle graze the lower areas. The project promotes sustainable timber creation and contributes to increasing afforestation rates globally.


The project is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), balancing timber production and sales with habitat creation. The tree planting project brings new job opportunities to Uruguay, while respecting existing cattle farmers’ land use. The newly grown tree canopy also provides habitat for wildlife.

Delivering towards the Global Goals

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact

Life on Land

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss


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