Nature based solutions include all activities related to the protection, creation or redevelopment or natural ecosystems – such as forests, wetlands and grasslands – to help absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Using nature to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in this way presents an immediate opportunity as it can be used while other low-carbon solutions are deployed at scale or can compensate for emissions that cannot be avoided. They also have further benefits such as offering alternative sources of income to local communities, improving soil productivity, cleaning air and water, and maintaining biodiversity.

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Canadian Projects

Tŝilhqot’in Reforestation Project

Shell and the Tŝilhqot’in National Government are jointly undertaking a reforestation project in the Chilcotin Region of the British Columbia (B.C.) Interior. Wildfires in recent years have significantly impacted the region and the Tŝilhqot’in communities located there.

Shell will provide funding, and tree planting will be managed by Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation (CCR), a Tŝilhqot’in forestry company. Tree planting will start in the spring of 2021, focused on areas that have not regenerated on their own or that have been slow to regenerate.

In addition to reforesting with an estimated 840,000 native tree species on approximately 700 hectares of land devastated by wildfire, the project has the potential to deliver other benefits, including Indigenous and local employment, and improvements in the local ecosystem.

In future, the project may also lead to opportunities to generate carbon credits

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Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project

To offset carbon emissions for Canadian drivers, Shell has sourced some carbon credits from within Canada from the Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project, an initiative of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, in addition to several global nature-based projects. The Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project markets carbon credits generated from the Darkwoods Conservation Area in Southeast British Columbia. The conservation area protects 630 km2 of rare inland temperate rainforest, subalpine meadows and freshwater systems. It protects mature and old-growth forests from being intensively harvested for timber.

The conservation management of Darkwoods follows an internationally recognized protocol for carbon projects and was audited and approved by a number of independent organizations. This project has been validated and verified in accordance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and under the SD Vista sustainable development framework.

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