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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a certificate?

Stand For Trees Certificates are measurable, verified, high-quality carbon credits that prevent carbon dioxide from entering the Earth’s atmosphere by protecting a specific endangered forest. Because every one of these forests also protects wildlife and ecosystems and supports local livelihoods, each certificate represents measurable impacts for climate, communities, and biodiversity.

What is a ‘tonne?’

One tonne means one metric tonne of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas most responsible for climate change. Carbon dioxide traps heat, so when there are high concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere, the planet gets warmer.

Clearing the world’s forests is the second-largest source of carbon emissions. And it destroys centuries-old ecosystems that are home to millions of species, rare wildlife, and which provide critical resources for local and indigenous communities. That’s why it’s so urgent that we protect our forests.

What makes this program so unique?

Normally, a regular person could never save a forest directly. That’s because most initiatives to save forests involve campaigns targeting policy or industry. And these may or may not be successful.

REDD+ is the only way to save a forest and guarantee the results. But again, regular people generally can’t access REDD+ credits, because they’re usually business transactions.

Until now. That’s because Stand For Trees was created to solve this problem, and to bring the power of REDD+ directly to the public.

Has this model been proven?

The REDD+ model is UN-approved has been extensively proven, and is now expanding to cover entire regions or countries. Projects meet rigorous third-party standards, and are informing and linking with these regional or national programs and policies. Responsible corporations are also addressing their unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions by investing in forest conservation through REDD+.

Is my purchase tax deductible?

Unfortunately not. That’s because in return for your donation, you receive a certificate in your name. That certificate represents measurable impacts for climate, communities, and biodiversity, through the credits that we retire on your behalf. It’s specifically for the forest(s) that you have chosen to support. And that’s why those impacts are yours and yours alone.

If you need a donation receipt, we have a few donation options for you here. But you generally won’t be able to choose which forest you’d like to support, nor will you get a certificate in your name.

What does 'retire' mean?

You may have seen us talk about ‘retiring’ a tonne. In a nutshell, this means we remove the tonne from circulation, so it’s not available for purchase anymore. It’s just like walking into a store and buying a physical product – nobody else can buy the same one.

How does this work, exactly? Well, once a project’s activities and successes are verified, it issues carbon credits for the emissions it’s preventing. Each credit represents one tonne of carbon, and has its own, unique serial number. All the credits are stored on Markit, a leading international financial registry and our partner.

When you buy a tonne, our system automatically informs Markit, which then removes the credit from circulation (i.e. retires it) by tagging its serial number to no longer be available for purchase.

Who are Code REDD and USAID?

Code REDD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to support and scale the REDD+ mechanism to fulfill its full potential to empower people, preserve forests, protect wildlife, and reduce emissions.

USAID (The United States Agency for International Development) is an agency of the US federal government. It works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Within its Global Climate Change initiative, USAID has supported sustainable landscapes and REDD+ projects around the world. Code REDD and USAID have come together to create the Stand For Trees campaign, recognizing the vital need to spread awareness of and engagement with REDD+ to citizens globally.

How are Stand for Trees projects selected?

Stand For Trees projects are selected based on their ability to demonstrate robust impact on forest conservation and community development. Projects must hold both Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) certification. They must also hold Gold status for at least one CCB criteria. Projects and their developers must also meet Code REDD’s own Code of Conduct.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected].