Why CarBi Project
- Forest loss is having a severe and detrimental effect on the global climate, biodiversity and the ability of local communities to develop and sustain long-term livelihoods. The CarBi project will make a positive contribution to all three of these issues. A main outcome will be a 15% increase in the income of 400 households with benefits to 5,000-7,000 people from 100 villages across the region.
- Emissions of an estimated 1.8 million tons of CO2 deriving from deforestation and forest degradation will be avoided. Forest loss accounts for approximately 70% of national greenhouse gas emissions in Laos.
- Populations of mammals, especially ungulates, will be protected and their numbers increase in the protected areas.
- Trans-border illegal timber trade from Laos to Vietnam will be reduced by 40% in the project region. Vietnam’s growing demand for timber spurs deforestation and associated carbon emissions in neighboring countries with rich forest cover, including Laos. Laos has one of the largest forest covers in Southeast-Asia, but also experiences one of the highest deforestation rates: 134,000 ha annually.
- While illegal logging is recognised as one of the main factors leading to forest degradation, infrastructure projects and agricultural activities are key drivers of deforestation.