Get Paid for Planting Your Own Trees
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Via PSD Blog, rural Kenyan farmers have joined the global carbon trade:
A group of farmers in Nanyuki have now joined the global carbon trade. They are being urged to plant trees, not for firewood, timber or electricity poles, but for absorbing excess carbon from the environment – and they are being paid for it.
Through this new concept, 45 members of Rongai Development Programme have each received Sh700 as motivation to join the trade by establishing carbon sinks (forests and tree planting projects).
To determine how much carbon each farmer is helping absorb from the atmosphere, project managers use state-of-the-art technologies. Using global positioning systems, smart phones and laptops, weekly updates are entered into the TIST website. The website is then linked to eBay, an online auction site, so as to promote trade in carbon.
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