To keep global temperature rise below 2-degrees Celsius, natural climate solutions must play a critical role. Carbon offset markets are one important tool for helping land trusts use their land to mitigate climate change and contribute to climate solutions. The Alliance believes that carbon markets are a potentially significant mechanism in bringing meaningful, new conservation finance to the table to fuel land stewardship and acquisition. Since 2013, more than a dozen lands trusts have developed forest offset projects, and generated significant revenue. These land trusts and their project development partners have learned important lessons and charted a successful path to market. However, many land trusts with more modest forest fee ownerships have found that path too challenging to follow due to
barriers including high cost of project development. Assessing the major obstacles facing most land trusts, while building on existing land trust offset projects, the Land Trust Alliance and Finite Carbon are collaborating to assist accredited land trusts in climate change planning and carbon offset project development. In this session, participants will learn through three examples of developed forest carbon offset projects, including the Passamaquoddy Tribe and two land trusts, about innovative tools to facilitate land trust access to forest carbon offset markets, including legal agreements for pooling lands between aligned landowners into joint projects.