Project History

The Trocano Araretama project began development in early 2010 as the Borba Conservation Project, in conjunction with the Municipality of Borba.

For the official launch of the project in June 2011, the local communities were given the opportunity to name the project in such a way that they felt reflected both the origins and traditions of the municipality as well as their involvement in the project and its resulting benefits, and after a number of suggestions were put forward, it was decided that the words “Trocano” and “Araretama” both had important local historical meaning, henceforth the Trocano Araretama project was born. 

The initial stages of the project comprised of extensive research activities, discussions, public meetings and consultations, all of which were vital to the successful implementation of the project.

In 2013, after the initial 2 years of project implementation, the Trocano Araretama project was successfully validated under the Natural Forest Standard (NFS), the first standard to combine carbon, social and biodiversity benefits of REDD+ projects under one combined and specific standard.

Later that year, the Trocano Araretama project successfully achieved verification status for the initial project period under the Natural Forest Standard, following a strict and comprehensive process and extensive site visit by the environmental auditing organisation Environmental Services Inc., in accordance with ISO 14064-3 and ISO 14065.  The project was successfully verified for its subsequent project period in 2014.

In 2015 the Trocano Araretama project development was taken over by Go Balance Ltd, and is co-run along with the Municipality of Borba and the Borba-based NGO Iakira.  The project continues to deliver all the important project activities that have been implemented to date.  As a result of this successful transition, the Trocano Araretama project is currently undergoing a dual verification for the third and fourth project periods.