We create Triple Bottom Line sustainable livelihood models for all stakeholders:
* Local Inhabitants,Tribal and Community Groups
* Shareholders and Investors
Forestry Carbon Emission Reductions and the World’s First Environmental Commodities Trading Platform
When the Earth’s population reaches 9 billion people, there will be even more pressure to convert and develop natural landscapes of forests, grasslands, deserts to provide food, energy, transportation and housing for a growing, hungry world. These activities put further stress on already fragmented natural areas that are reeling from deforestation, disrupted migratory routes, environmental pollution and a rapidly changing climate.
Today over 12 percent of the world’s land is designated as some type of “protected area”. But despite this designation, the loss of fish and wildlife continues at an intense rate. Protected areas alone will never be enough — we must find better ways to protect large scale networks of natural areas that consciously incorporate both protected areas and sustainably managed working lands.
Despite these challenges, the importance of maintaining healthy, resilient natural areas is increasingly recognized by governments, corporate leaders and people around the world. RainTrust is uniquely positioned to help lead the way in creating, testing, replicating and leveraging practical solutions that support both nature and healthy human communities.
The RainTrust Value Chain
RainTrust has developed over the years several viable and sustainable businesses. We are investing in these projects and the people behind them because we believe this to be the most productive way we can assist in the fight against global warming. Based on the RainTrust “Eco-Nomic” model, we have developed comprehensive rainforest programs earmarked for our reserves. It is through the impact of such initiatives that sustainable economies can commence and rainforest destruction can be diminished. No two properties or cultures are alike and our programs vary to accommodate local cultures and its challenges; however the mandate of sustainable development remains as a constant imperative.
The RainTrust Beneficial Ownership Certificate
So in other words, as part of its title to the RainTrust Conservation Agreement, RainTrust retains what may be called a part of the ‘beneficial ownership’ of the land subject to the agreement. In return for conservation of the forests, RainTrust pays a defined percentage of the benefits to the land owners. The beneficial ownership rights are in fact securitized by creating ‘certificates’ in an electronic registry, operated by RainTrust. All certificates are uniquely numbered and can be offered for sale (to trade) on our trading exchange. However, to monetize on the beneficial ownership rights, many additional financial instruments are being developed.
The RainTrust Conservation Agreement
We start the Value Chain for developing a Local Sustainable Economy by signing into our RainTrust Conservation Agreement, bio diverse threatened lands owned or controlled by private land owners, governments, community organization or tribal groups. They agree to be legally bound to preserve their lands and not to let or cause any trees being cut or removed in any unsustainable way but only according to a specific mandate. RainTrust agrees to provide the wherewithal to develop sustainable selected products produced from the people on the reserves. Working with all stakeholders and with the local and national political leaders in each region and country, we act as strategic partners with the financial markets and with several fortune 500 corporations.
Carbon Emission Reduction Project Development Management
Deforestation and forest degradation release stored carbon into the atmosphere as CO2 emissions. Given the high rates of global forest loss currently, reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) would make a major contribution to meeting any emissions stabilization target. At the same time, afforestation, reforestation and restoration (ARR) increase forest carbon stocks by sequestering and storing carbon from the atmosphere as new forests grow. In addition, natural standing forests maintain carbon stocks and transfers and, under the current climate, act as a carbon sink. Reducing deforestation and forest degradation is a particular challenge. Forestry, as defined by the IPCC, accounts for around 17 per cent of global GHG emissions.
RainTrust is monetizing its forested reserves via the sale of the carbon credits for the sole purpose of using this active and dynamic vehicle to further assist our selected sustainable projects. We understand that forests can be responsible for 25% of the climate solution and that global payments for forestry related carbon credits could equal almost $20 billion annually through 2020. Brazil and Indonesia are likely to be the largest forestry carbon credit suppliers in the world and these are the areas we are concentrated in although we concurrently work globally in all forests.
Since carbon emissions from deforestation represent close to one fifth of all anthropogenic greenhouse gases, an initiative was created at the Climate Conference in Montreal in 2006 to “Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” (REDD). REDD carbon credits are at the moment included only on the voluntary market or on the inter-governmental market.
RainTrust develops validated and verified carbon credits from our forestry projects. We act to procure and perfect these assets and then act to sell our emission reduction credits from forestry on behalf of investors, corporate clients, beneficial ownership certificates holders and for our own portfolio. We execute trades and offer customized products to organizations subject to offset their GHG’s emissions. Our team of carbon credit professionals are experts in carbon trading strategies and upcoming policy and legislative changes in forestry carbon management.
To offset inevitable emissions, we offer VERs verified regarding to the uppermost internationally recognized standards such as VCS, and retire them irreversibly on behalf of our clients.
Coming this Fall!
RainTrust Global Net: Bio diversity and Carbon sequestration Assessment
The Quality Assurance of the projects is undertaken using a combination of satellite and ground-based measurements (following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Good Practice Guidance for Forestry) – currently the only recognized way to achieve the best degree of accuracy to ensure that your carbon offset is credible and real.
Our credible validation and verification team of professionals are independent consultants and are considered the undisputed top world class in the World Bank’s “REDD” program and carbon credit industry. Furthermore, we have uniquely integrated all traditional verification methodologies with our unprecedented RainTrust Global Net technology. This combination assures real time validation and the highest standards of certifications in substantially less time.
To take this certification process to a new standard of transparency and participation, we are perfecting a new, global standard for “RainTrust Carbon Credits”. Raintrust brings clarity to the whole process including what the sequestration values are, who owns the carbon credits, how they are brought to market and who the buyers are.These Carbon Credits will be sold on the voluntary market to selected partner companies and organizations worldwide.
Renewable Green Energy Projects
A significant proportion of land secured by RainTrust is classified as degraded forestry and is incapable of being reforested back to its original splendor. It remains an asset for the landholders provided some economic activity is undertaken. Much of this land can be gainfully used in various forms of agriculture and this is where RainTrust excels as it merges the sometimes competing ideal objectives of environment, landowners and agricultural development. Judicious agricultural projects accommodating local food, water and energy needs can be commenced leading to significant renewable green energy generation, green job creation, financial stimuli and cumulatively assisting in the reduction of negative climate change emissions. Private sector involvement in the development of renewable resources is the only basis on which lasting advances toward economic sustainability can be achieved and this is the basis of RainTrust operation. Being able to contribute financially to projects capable of generating renewable green energy and thus creating the potential for long term revenue streams back to stakeholders is a pivotal role for RainTrust.
RainTrust Commodity Credits
RainTrust is committed to generate money for its sustainable projects via the sale of the carbon credits procured from our eligible standing forests located worldwide. We have unprecedented validation and verification technology and an undisputed top world class professional team that are using only the highest standards of certifications. We have pledged to provide a percentage of all proceeds back into pre-approved community related projects within our proprietary “RainTrust Conservation Agreement”. We are perfecting a new, transparent world standard for “RainTrust Carbon Credits” that will be sold on the “Voluntary Market” to selected partner companies and organizations worldwide.
Rainforest and Deciduous Forest assets
In certain cases, RainTrust has structured a RainTrust National Forestry Program whereby the auditable rainforest and deciduous forest assets are wrapped into a national Carbon Trust Program. Subsequent marketing of these Voluntary Carbon Credits builds a capital pool which is held in a trust to be distributed in indefinite protection of these rain forest assets. Complementing this activity is the creation of sustainable lumber operations as a barrier plantation to rainforests from logging and encroachment activities. Depending on our assessment of the forest degradation it is possible to establish renewable oil tree energy operations. The cumulative result is a significant result in logging pressure on the forest, generation of renewable green energy for local use and potentially export, stimulation of local economies and, with scale, a movement towards true energy independence with the creation of significant national oil reserves
The RainTrust Standard of Excellence
RainTrust brings clarity to the whole process. What the sequestration values are, who owns the carbon credits, how they are brought to market and who the buyers are. Perhaps most importantly, RainTrust ensures that the sponsors of Rainforest Reserves and the acquirers of carbon credits and other commodity credits get clarity and value for their investment – they see not only what they have bought and from where but also the net results of their investment.