making the carbon market work for poor communities

How we work

Bringing organisations together

The lifecycle of a successful project consists of several phases, whereby each phase requires its own specific knowledge and skills. It is very difficult for a NGO or any other organization to accommodate all that knowledge and skills.

It requires concerted effort of a great number of stakeholders, such as developmental workers, carbon project developers, finance institutions, community based organisations, non-governmental organisations, governmental institutions and/or others. In other words: organisations need to work together. The network brings together all parties that are crucial for a carbon project.

The network will meet at regular intervals to discuss new developments, projects, best practices, and to network. At the meetings, the members will explore carbon possibilities and try to identify potential projects. Once this is successfully done, relevant network partners can take this initiative forward by forming a specific coalition around this project. This coalition can then design and subsequently implement the project.

Service by the Carbon Team

The basis of FCN SA is a Carbon Team that works under the directions of the convenor and the Core Group.

The Carbon Team provides specific capacity building services to its FCN SA member organisations, to enable it to identify, design and implement carbon projects. The Carbon Team has a mandate to assist only pro-poor climate mitigation projects.

More information about the services can be found here


Gold Standard (GS) projects of Nova

The Nova Institute

The Nova Institute aims to improve the quality of life of low-income households.

Nova developed a voluntary GS methodology for its Basa Magogo projects, introducing an alternative ignition technique for domestic coal fires.

The first GS projects are now registered, and several others have been listed in the GS registry.

Basa Magogo project by Nova

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