02 May 2013
Mikro-Tek has successfully completed the validation and first verification of emission removals from its Reforesting Degraded Lands in Chile through the use of Mycorrhizal Inoculation project under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
The Mikro-Tek Reforestation project is a grouped AR project located in the central region of Chile. The project involves the reforestation of more than 3,000 hectares of degraded lands using mycorrizhal inoculation. Mycorrizhae is a naturally occurring soil fungus that helps plants in the uptake of nutrients and water, and that is depleted in degraded soils. Mikro-Tek, working with small scale private landowners, has developed specialized strains of mycorrizhae to assist in the growth of pinus radiata and euclayptus globus species in central Chile. The mycorrizhae permits the establishment of trees on soils that have been degraded for decades, and incentivizes reforestation by reducing the risk of non-survival and low growth.
The project was successfully validated and nearly 450,000 tons of emission removals were verified in May 2013. TerraCarbon prepared the project design document and designed and oversaw the first monitoring event for Mikro-Tek.