Each year The Gift Trust team offsets our carbon footprint by purchasing carbon credits from Ekos, supporting NZ indigenous forests. This year we donated to the Rarakau Project in Southland. We encourage you to do the same and offset your own carbon footprint!
So who is Ekos and what do they do?
Ekos makes carbon footprint measurement and offsetting accessible for businesses and individuals. They run projects that grow and protect indigenous forests. These projects do more than capture carbon: they reduce erosion, help to clean waterways, improve biodiversity and provide sustainable income for local communities in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
The Gift Trust’s donation has been directed to protecting 738ha of Māori owned tall indigenous rainforest in western Southland. This wet rainforest is adjacent to Fiordland National Park on the very southern coastline of the South Island, and located at the start of the Hump Ridge Track. The forest has a silver beech canopy, intermixed with miro and tōtara.
The community landowners logged these forests in the past to help fund community development. In 2007 Ekos invited them to change forest land use from production to protection and to finance conservation and community development through supplying carbon offsets.
Ekos also support these projects:
If you want to read more, head to their website https://www.ekos.org.nz