In Bolivia, through the project "Arboles para Bolivia", reforestation and preservation interventions have been carried over an area of 14,492,753 square metres, and 10,000,000 kg of CO2 emissions have been offset. The project entails the restoration and reforestation of 6,000 hectares of land owned by small farmers. Beside reforestation, the aim is to reintroduce agroforestry and pastoral systems in order to protect forests and preserve biodiversity. It offers an alternative form of business for small farmers’ families, who would otherwise be forced to deforest wooded areas in order to survive. The initiative offers practical solutions aimed at fighting climate change and poverty. Besides the reforestation of 6,000 hectares in the subtropical plains of the Amazon basin, since mid-2011 the project includes preservation activities and interventions to fight degradation. ArBolivia was awarded the Green status by the Dutch government and Dutch Investment Bank in January 2010. Carbon credits generated by such interventions respect
standards. Plan Vivo issues environmental service certificates. Each credit corresponds to the compensation of one metric tonne of CO2, and grants land protection and social benefits to the population.