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The great importance
of the Gran Chaco

The Gran Chaco is South America’s second-largest native forest area and functions as one of world’s major carbon sinks. It is distributed largely between Paraguay and Argentina, whilst approx. 15% is made up between Bolivia and Brazil.

The tropical forest of the Chaco is one of the richest in terms of biodiversity, and is home to endemic and endangered animals species and indigenous communities who heavily rely on the forest for their existence.

Committed to Conserving the Paraguayan Chaco’s Forest

The Gran Chaco is no stranger to permanent forest destruction, and with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, the Chaco forest is at immediate risk of collapsing.

Legal and irrevocable deforestation is happening at an incredible speed, with native Chaco forestland being converted into cattle ranching and cropland. One bulldozer alone is able to deforest 1 ha. in a matter of two hours, resulting in the disappearance of 120 ha per day in each new cattle development. The threat is urgent as deforestation projects work 24/7,  in groups of up to 10 bulldozers at the time.

One of the world’s deforestation hotspots

Global GHG emissions are on the rise as a direct consequence of the deforestation of native forests. In fact, a quarter of all emissions worldwide are caused by deforestation, forest degradation and land use changes, incl. agriculture. Large-scale deforestation results in increased emissions and major loss of biodiversity.

The loss of the Gran Chaco

From 1985 to 2016 the Gran Chaco suffered a loss of 14.2 million ha. (an area the size of England) due to deforestation. During the same period, emissions from land-use change and forestry in Paraguay soared a 98% (WRI CAIT). During the past 10 years, 2.5 million ha. of the Paraguayan Chaco were lost to deforestation for cattle farming. In 2018 alone deforestation reached 255,000 ha. (INFONA). According to Paraguay’s National Forestry Institute (INFONA), in 2018 alone, a staggering 255,000 ha of Chaco forest were deforested. A recent analysis of economic drivers indicates the strong likelihood that all suitable forestland (i.e., forest not located within national nature reserves or private protected areas or reserved for indigenous communities) will have been deforested and turned over to cattle and/or soybean production by 2025, if not secured through the carbon financing from large-scale REDD+ projects.

About Quadriz

Founded in early 2019, Quadriz is the trading and carbon offset project arm of forestry and agro-research company Investancia Group, with HQ in the Netherlands and local forestry operations in Paraguay.

Quadriz Location

Who we are

From its local base in Alto Paraguay, near Carmelo Peralta, Quadriz works to develop and promote large-scale REDD+ programs to conserve a maximum of the native Chaco forest.

With a strong local presence in the Chaco, Quadriz is in a unique position to monitor and conserve local Chaco forests through its programs. Vicinity is key, and the “Corazón Verde del Chaco” project is situated only 30 km from the Quadriz base at Santa Rosanna.

The Quadriz team has a combined experience of over 15 years in carbon project development, implementation and forest carbon monitoring under the Verified Carbon Standard. The Quadriz team consists of skilled Carbon market traders, VCS-CCBS Forest Carbon Experts, as well as Agroforestry Engineers and other Forestry professionals.

Its Senior Forest Carbon Expert has experience from leading full technical development (including all technical GHG accounting, running the methodology and monitoring reporting and validation/verification) of a total of 12 VCS/CCBS offsetting projects in US, Brazil, Uganda, Tanzania, and Chile. Quadriz commercial team consists of carbon market sales specialists with extensive experience in the voluntary carbon market as well as compliance carbon markets.

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The Quadriz team

Marcel van Heesewijk Founder & Head Farmer

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Founder and CEO
Christian Nielsen Sales & Trading Environmental Commodities


Head of Sales, REDD+ & ARR carbon offsets
Gabriela Viñales


REDD+ Lead Project Manager
Wim Boer


James Eaton VCS/CCBS Forest Carbon Expert


VCS/CCBS Forest Carbon Expert
Federico (Fredy) Montoya​ Plantations & Estancia Manager


Field Operations Manager
Maurik Jehee


Finance Director
Yolanda Ramos


Biologist & Technical Assistant
Foto Sergio León


Admin Manager
Cristina Méndez


Digital Marketing Specialist

REDD+ carbon projects

In October 2020, Quadriz announced the commencement of its REDD+ project named Corazón Verde del Chaco, due to its location in the “Green Heart” of the Paraguayan Chaco.

This high-impact carbon project will initially conserve 32,000 hectares (79,000 acres) of critical Chaco forest and is designed under two leading carbon standards known as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction. Furthermore, the Project simultaneously preserves endangered species and a wide range of ecosystem services, provides an economic alternative to local communities, and mitigates the release of an estimated 2 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the first 10 years of the Project.

The Corazón Verde del Chaco carbon project is situated in Puerto Casado, Department of Presidente Hayes. The project is highly scalable and Quadriz has already identified and earmarked large adjacent areas of native forest under immediate threat of deforestation, which could be included under its REDD+ program.

Quadriz’ REDD+ activities

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural conversion process

Sustain local and regional water quality by limiting nutrient and sediment inputs to local waterways which result from conversion of forest land to agriculture

Conserve fast disappearing stream, wetland, and forest ecosystems

Undertake local consultations and develop community projects

Protect local flora and fauna

Investing in REDD+ carbon projects that are able to scale is essential, and a USAID report on REDD+ outlines how the scalability of REDD+ in Latin America has proven to be a key element to large-scale conservation of forests and therefore reducing emissions.

First VCU (Verified Carbon Units) vintage will be 2021 with delivery in mid-2022.

Get in touch with our sales team to discuss your offset needs and to request further project info.

Biodiversity in the Chaco

The Gran Chaco is a diverse biome of humid and semi-arid ecosystems, made up of riverine forests, wetlands, and savannas. The Chaco forest is home to 3,400 plant species, 500 bird species, 150 mammal species and 220 reptile and amphibian species, including several endangered species as listed on the IUCN red list, by not limited to:

Apart from the protection and conservation of important primary forests and wildlife corridors, such as the Jaguar corridor, Quadriz’ projects come with a wealth of additional co-benefits, and its REDD+ ‘Corazón Verde del Chaco’ carbon project is expected to contribute with up to 15 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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