GM Ecuador and the World Wildlife Fund have joined forces to offset emissions, create jobs and protect wildlife.
Protecting the rainforest might seem like an unlikely way for GM to offset its operational emissions—but at our plant in Quito, Ecuador, located in the heart of the Amazon region, it makes perfect sense. GM Ecuador and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have joined forces on a three-year conservation project that will symbolically offset emissions, create jobs and protect wildlife.
The first part of the project includes technical assistance for an agroforestry system for organic cocoa production. Cocoa is planted under the shade of existing native trees to optimize growth conditions. Through a partnership with a chocolate manufacturer, the cocoa also provides a sustainable source of income for the participating communities and reduces the exploitation of native forests for lumber. The program will support a total of 90 families in four indigenous communities and offset 8,500 tons of CO2 equivalent per year.
GM and WWF are also working together to train community park rangers on conservation topics. We are educating rangers on the use of camera traps to record and follow up on endangered species found in the communities’ extensive territory. The hidden cameras allow researchers to record the frequency at which species are spotted in a given area to determine places of risk. Rangers also learn to protect ecosystems by monitoring their territories for any illegal lumbering, fishing or gaming activities.
Duckling in Mallard tube nest at one of Lansing Delta Township’s wildlife habitat wetlands.
GM aspires to achieve Conservation Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council at all of its manufacturing sites by 2020. In 2017, 11 more sites achieved certification, bringing us to 80 percent of our goal. The newly certified sites are: