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HOW MUCH CARBON / CO2 DOES THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ABSORB?

 

Why your National Park Visit offsets your Amazon Rainforest Carbon Emissions

A carbon offset credit is a service that tries to reduce the net carbon emissions of people or organizations by compensating their carbon emissions with measures for absorbing greenhouse gases. A wide variety of offset actions are available; forest planting is the most common, as the new trees very gradually absorb CO2 from the air and convert it to carbon in their trunks. 

 

But worldwide, far more CO2 gets blasted into the atmosphere from virgin forests being cut down. One of the most effective ways of preventing forests from being cut down is protecting them as national parks and nature reserves. But in order to do so, these forests must produce at least some economic benefits.

 

How much Carbon / CO2 Does the Amazon Rainforest Absorb?

The question how much carbon  / CO2 does the Amazon Rainforest Absorb always fascinated me. The reason is that in mature forests, as the few young trees grow, they absorb CO2, right? But in a mature forest, there are not all that many young trees under those mature big trees. Of course, the mature trees also absorb carbon, in fact, a lot! But then, one day, a huge mature tree dies, or old age or because of a strong wind. There it is, on the ground. A feast for all sorts of insects, bacteria and fungi. Particularly fungi. They break down the wood, and guess what, transforming it into CO2. So, all that absorbed carbon in that tree becomes CO2 again. The balance? The Amazon rainforest does not absorb CO2! But when it gets cut down for whatever purpose, all the carbon absorbed in the trees of the Amazon rainforest, gets released into the air. So by visiting the Amazon rainforest or any other forest, you help protecting them and contribute to keeping the carbon in the forests.

 

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, like Ecuador Travel Guide, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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AMAZON RIVER CRUISE ECUADOR: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.

 NEW! CUYABENO DAY TRIP

For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.

 

 

 

Price: from $ 99

 1 día

RÍO NAPO LODGE TOUR, ECUADOR: La plataforma en el árbol de Ceibo de la comunidad Kichwa Añagu.

NEW YASUNI / NAPO RIVER TOUR

Lodges along Yasuni ­ National Park are excessively expensive and excursions are just organized close to each lodge. We developed a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

3 days

viaje a Cuyabeno

 NEW LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION

The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartocoche lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Secoya Indian Village.

 

Price: from $ 450

 4 days

admirando la increíble vida silvestre

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of the lower Cuyabeno and Zabalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: from $ 799

5 days

 

admirando las increíbles aves

COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

Located in Southern Cuyabeno, the Cofan Lodge is the only lodge in that part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with quality programs and great facilities. It is owned by the Cofan Indians and provides a totally different experience from any other lodge in Cuyabeno.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

4 days

Laguna Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAMS

The Cuyabeno Lake Programs explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first lodge and chose the best location right on a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

Price: from $ 390

4 - 5 days

 

Chimborazo con Lamas

ANDES CUSTOM ECO TOURS

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecunhas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: from $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome ent Galapagos

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

From 3 days

25 COOLEST THINGS TO DO IN PERU [LIMA,CUSCO, MACHU PICCHU]: Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: from $ 1199

7 days

Continuación del presente tema

 

So, lets do some calculations. Assume a tropical forest has about 175 metric tons of Carbon in its trees. The carbon is fixed in the tree trunks, leaves and roots. So, if a hectare of forest gets deforested, the wood may first be used to build houses, furniture or produce paper, but eventually, it will either rot away or be burned and eventually all the carbon of that forest will be converted into CO2. The mass of CO2 is more than 3 times more than that of Carbon, so the 175 tons of carbon will produce more that 500 tons of CO2.

 

Now, we only believe in durable avoidance of the emission of CO2, if the emission avoidance of carbon dioxide is really permanent. So in our opinion, you can only permanently avoid the emission of CO2 into the air, if you set up an endowment fund that would generate the capital interest from which management costs can be financed permanently. Assuming a 7% return from the endowment fund, it would take about $2,700,000 to prevent 500,000 tons of CO2 to be released into the air, which is about $5 per ton. That is about as much as for the short-term fixation of Carbon through forest plantations, whereas Carbon dioxide emission avoidance through and Adopt-A-Ranger-Endowment fund would be permanent! 

 

If you come from the USA, your contribution to the CO2 emission from your flight will probably have been about 8000 kg CO2 per person; coming from Europe it will have been around 13,000 kg CO2; averaging somewhere around 10,000kg. The total release of CO2 from the jungle of Cuyabeno would be about 500 * 6,000,000 (ha) = 3,000,000,000 kg CO2. Given the fact that ecotourism has rescued Cuyabeno by going there and spending their tourism dollars/euros to see the reserve. As the average amount of CO2 production from flights to Ecuador has been about 10,000 kg, one may argue that the first 300,000 visitors to Cuyabeno may consider their flight fully compensated by visiting Cuyabeno. Under the current level of visitation that will allow for somewhere between 15 - 20 more years of AMAZON RAINFOREST CARBON EMISSIONS OFFSET and other forested national parks. This does not apply as much for Savannahs - which only have 5 - 15% forest cover - and other protected areas with limited forest cover such as Galapagos National Park and desert protected areas.

 

You think this is not enough?

One of our shareholders is an expert on Rainforest CO2 emissions offset contracted by international organizations like the World Bank and the United Nations and he has written this page because this is his professional opinion. But of course you are always free to buy additional Carbon credits, in which case we recommend: https://www.adopt-a-ranger.org.

 

HOW MUCH CARBON / CO2 DOES THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ABSORB?

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