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The Carbonfreelife site to which I referred (above) provides no answers to any of the (pertinent) questions you say should be asked.
I am sure that some commercial activity is well intentioned and well managed, but there have also been scams - unsuitable plantations on cheap land bought in third world countries etc.
One more general point: it's not enough just to plant - long-term maintenance and protection of the land is vital. Charities like Trees for Life can provide the necessary guarantees. Companies may be ephemeral and are unlikely to be able to provide assurance that the land will not be sold and deforested at a later date.Simon Holledge (Pledge Creator), 14 years ago.