Inkaterra offsets its emissions with REDD + Brazil nut concessions project


Inkaterra becomes the first hotel chain in the world to be called “Positive Climate”, offsetting its emissions (tCO2e) with our REDD + Brazil nut concessions project.

Inkaterra has been named by the United Nations through the Green Initiative certifying organization as “Climate Positive”, thus becoming the first hotel chain internationally to achieve this important recognition. Being “Climate Positive” means that Inkaterra has not only offset its total carbon emissions, but has exceeded that amount, generating an environmental benefit for the planet by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

In pursuit of this goal, the peruvian hotel chain has been implementing a set of high-impact sustainable activities for the benefit of the planet and the local populations in its areas of influence. Since its founding in 1975, Inkaterra has been carrying out various biodiversity projects and constant scientific research such as flora and fauna studies at the Cusco Amazónico shelter (today Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica), among other initiatives.

In line with its commitment to sustainability, Inkaterra offset the emissions from its operations (carbon footprint) through the carbon credits generated by our REDD+ Brazil nut concessions project.  On this occasion, a total of 494 tons of carbon (tCO2e) were offset thanks to the conservation project developed by BAM in partnership with more than 560 families from Madre de Dios.

“This outstanding achievement is a validation of Inkaterra’s 46-year efforts that place scientific research, biodiversity conservation and sustainability at the very heart of our business,” said José Koechlin, president and founder of Inkaterra. “The Green Initiative certification also reminds us all that the natural environment and native cultures are our industry’s most precious resources, and their preservation is the only way to ensure the future of travel.”

“From BAM we congratulate the entire Inkaterra team and especially its founder José Koechlin for achieving such an important recognition. This initiative is an example of environmental commitment for the world. We are excited to see that more and more Peruvian organizations are joining the fight we all have against climate change and the joint task of building a sustainable world for the benefit of future generations, ”said Jorge Cantuarias, founder of Bosques Amazónicos, during the event.

More about our REDD + Brazil nut concessions conservation project:

With our operations, we are able to mitigate and reduce the amount of toxic gases that are generated into the atmosphere by deforestation, degradation and fragmentation of our most valuable ecosystems. In this way, we generate carbon certificates or credits that allow us to offset emissions from other activities where man intervenes.
  • In order to face the growing deforestation in Madre de Dios, Bosques Amazónicos (BAM) and more than 560 families grouped in the Federation of Chestnut Producers of Madre de Dios (FEPROCAMD), they have worked in partnership since 2009 to protect 450,000 hectares of threatened forests.
  • The area that REDD + Brazil nut concessions project protects is 450,000 ha, an area larger than Mexico City and similar in size to the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • REDD + Brazil nut concessions was one of the first projects in the world to be validated under the VCS standard, the most prestigious in the voluntary carbon market worldwide.

By: Valeria Drinot

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