This is the second installment in our blog series that will walk through each of the four monitoring components. In the first installment we discussed our use of geospatial data and remote sensing to track project quality. Today we’ll take a look at how Catona Climate works collaboratively with our project partners to measure climate, environmental, and community impact.
What makes a good carbon project?
We believe it’ll take more than avoiding carbon emissions or removing them from the atmosphere to achieve lasting climate impact. We also need to influence the driving factors behind climate change: ecosystem health and resilience, and people’s ability to live and thrive sustainably off the land.
So at Catona Climate, a “high-quality” project is one that not only follows the most scientifically-backed standards, but also holistically integrates climate, environmental, and community benefits throughout its lifecycle.
A key part of Catona Climate’s Monitoring & Engagement strategy is gathering the data to measure and demonstrate impact across all three of these core pillars.
To collect data we work collaboratively with our project partners. They include project developers, on-the-ground implementing organizations, and the communities and participants directly involved in and impacted by the project. We also support them in their own analysis and quality assurance, and conduct our own data collection and analysis through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) monitoring and site visit project assessments.
Through these combined monitoring activities we’re able to ensure our projects are meeting high quality standards and provide a clear picture of their impact on climate, environment, and community. Let’s look more closely at those three pillars: