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Teak Forest Restoration

Transforming degraded land in rural Mexico by planting teak trees


Employment in rural Mexico, particularly in the south, is often informal, uncertain and relies heavily on the agricultural sector. However, extensive livestock farming has led to land degradation, deforestation and loss of wildlife habitat. This project aims to restore the land and create stable job opportunities, in line with legal standards, in order to transform the long-term prosperity of the region.

Forest Regeneration

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education

279 people

trained in forest management, building skill capacity in the community

Decent work and economic growth

424 new jobs

created, boosting the local economy

Climate Action

37,000 tonnes of CO2e

sequestered from the atmosphere on average each year

Life on land

4,011 hectares

reforested improving biodiversity and soil quality

The Solution

Agropecuaria Santa Genoveva wishes to obtain additional economic benefits in order to maintain and expand its reforestation activities with Teak in degraded areas with the intention of promoting local development through the commercialization of wood from native and introduced species. In order to do so, the company wanted to understand the potential of these lands for the generation of carbon credits (“carbon bonds”), which would provide the additional income to ensure the continuity of these plantations. Projects that generate carbon bonds publicize to the international community in a transparent and verifiable way the efforts that a company makes to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contribute to sustainable development. Given the nature of the project and the management necessary for the generation of carbon credits, South Pole developed a feasibility study, and after that, supported the development of the forestry carbon project: “Reforestation with Teak - CO2e TEAKMEX”. The project is an ARR grouped reforestation carbon project based on the planting of Tectona grandis. The region of expansion of the grouped project covers the states of Tabasco, Chiapas, and Campeche in the United States of Mexico. Within these states, the project area of the first instance spans 4,011.96 ha1 across five municipalities: Balancán (Tabasco), Huimanguillo (Tabasco), Tenosique (Tabasco), Palenque (Chiapas), and Candelaria (State of Campeche). These municipalities are all rural, and extensive livestock farming is the primary land use, followed by agriculture.

Local workers are trained in sustainable forest management to ensure a stable income for years to come.


4,011 hectares of land used for unsustainable cattle grazing has now been reforested to better local lifestyles and the future of our planet.


424 jobs have been created, bettering the lives of many Mexican families


Teak is a hardwood tree, used mainly for the manufacture of furniture.


Reforesting this land increases carbon sequestration for the mitigation of global warming, and boosts biodiversity, soil quality and water conservation too.


The Impact

The project is driving significant economic development in a sustainable way by creating new jobs for local people, training them in forest management and creating a supply chain of teak wood. As the trees grow not only do they sequester carbon dioxide, helping to mitigate global warming, by biodiversity, soil quality and water conservation are enhanced.

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