Clean Air Action Corporation Receives CDM Validation for Their Award Winning Environmental Initiative, TIST

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Farmers in India and Africa have planted more than 7 million trees as a part of the Clean Air Action Corporation's (CAAC) international award winning environmental initiative TIST (The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program). TIST has received validation under the United Nations international treaty for global climate change program known as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for their forestry project in Tamil Nadu, India. This is the first time an American company with a privately sponsored and funded project has been approved using the small-scale afforestation and reforestation project methodology.

Today, there are more than 50,000 farmers participating, more than 7 million live trees, and 6,000 more being planted every day. TIST has grown at an annual rate of 50-100% per year over the past 10 years.

The validation we just received is a major step forward for TIST farmers in India and Africa who have already planted more than 7 million trees

Clean Air Action Corporation's (CAAC) international award winning environmental initiative, TIST, received validation under the United Nations international treaty for global climate change program known as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for their forestry project in Tamil Nadu, India. This is the first time an American company with a privately sponsored and funded project has been approved using the small-scale afforestation and reforestation project methodology.

"The validation we just received is a major step forward for TIST farmers in India and Africa who have already planted more than 7 million trees," commented CAAC president, Ben Henneke. "Ten years ago energetic subsistence farmers and CAAC started to develop the technology and organization to link thousands, and eventually millions, of farmers to the international carbon markets. The financial incentives the market provides encourage the farmers to improve their local environment, combat deforestation and climate change, and better their own lives through one simple solution - planting millions of trees.

"Farmers in The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) combat the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world; deforestation and poor agricultural practices. Working together, TIST farmers can reverse their contribution to climate change and become an important part of the solution.

TIST's goal is to address environmental change and poverty by providing men and women in developing countries with new sources of income from their trees, by connecting them to the global carbon market. TIST provides an infrastructure for training on topics such as nursery development, tree planting, Conservation Farming, fuel-efficient stoves, nutrition and preventative health education. TIST empowers the farmers to take action to change their lives, communities and the world.

A critical ingredient to CAAC's ability to access the carbon market for thousands of individual small-hold farmers is TIST's commitment to transparency and accountability. TIST has developed an award-winning monitoring system to track the farmers' progress and results. Using hand-held computers and GPS, highly trained farmers visit each tree grove and record the location, number, size, and species of live trees. The data, including pictures, is uploaded onto a central database using cell phones or Internet, and can be viewed by the public at http://www.TIST.ORG.

TIST currently works in India, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Today there are over 50,000 farmers in the program, over 7 million trees in the ground, and 6,000 more being planted each day.

TIST plans to expand to a number of new countries over the next five years to respond to the requests of farmers and governments to help reverse the damage of deforestation.

CDM is a program under the United Nations international treaty for global climate change, the Kyoto Protocol. CDM allows projects in developing countries to create carbon credits that can be used by industrialized countries to comply with their greenhouse gas reduction commitments.

For more information regarding Clean Air Action Corporation's TIST Program, or to schedule an interview with company President and TIST Founder Ben Henneke, please contact Angela Costello at (918) 747-8770 or angelacostello(at)cleanairaction(dot)com.

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