While the project design is directed by factors such as project location, existing natural conditions and rural human populations, they primarily focus on protecting existing tree populations as well as planting new trees to create natural carbon sinks for carbon sequestration purposes. This is achieved while carrying out other equally important rehabilitation practices such as alien vegetation control and soil erosion mitigation.
The third part is to create carbon credits. While carbon offsets are commonly purchased, they can also be created through greening projects that ultimately offset carbon emissions and, as a result, provide direct access to carbon reduction benefits for the project investor, such as carbon credits (see page for more information).
Since a goal is to create jobs and reduce poverty, EOI looks to develop the projects in traditionally poor rural regions of South Africa.