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Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (www.COTAP.org ) is a 501(c)3 public charity fighting both climate change and global poverty.
COTAP's mission is to empower individuals and organizations in developed countries to simultaneously fight both global poverty and climate change by connecting their carbon footprints with certified forestry projects in least-developed countries which create life-changing income for the world's poorest people.
Individuals from all over the United States - as well as from Hong Kong, Cape Town, Sydney, and Paris - have already transformed over 5.97 million pounds of their carbon emissions into wages in Mozambique, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Malawi through COTAP. COTAP is a registered IRS 501(c)3 public charity, and all of its projects are registered under the voluntary Plan Vivo standard, which is dedicated t o generating not only verified emissions reductions but also transparent and accountable income streams for smallholder farmers who live in areas where earnings are less than $2/day . COTAP’s initial project portfolio is poised to generate over $1 million in payments for these communities, an amount it seeks to scale to $30M annually.
COTAP’s partnerships and projects are with the New York-based William J. Clinton Foundation’s Trees of Hope project in Malawi, Montreal-based Taking Root’s project in Nicaragua, Kampala-based Ecotrust’s Trees for Global Benefits project in Uganda, and London-based Envirotrade’s Sofala project in Mozambique. The press release pertaining to the Clinton Foundation partnership can be seen at http://w ww.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb10036880.htm .
COTAP has partnered with four leading sustainability conferences: Net Impact, Investors’ Circle, Social Venture Network, and Social Capital Markets. More information on these partnerships can be seen at http://COTAP.org/2012/09/leading-sustainability-conferences-partner-with-cotap/.
COTAP has appeared in the New York Times Dot Earth blog, the Sierra Club's blog, the Clinton Foundation blog, Grist.org, and others. More at http://cotap.org/press.
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