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Project Developers

Malaysia is captivating the attention of nature-focused investors, recognised for its immense potential to deliver high returns on carbon projects. Nusanterra goes beyond carbon. We design projects that empower communities, protect biodiversity, and streamline crediting with cutting-edge tech.

Empowering landowners with our feasibility studies and unlocking finance, we help project developers navigate execution, build collaboration, and ensure projects meet the highest global integrity standards.

"We believe that the Voluntary Carbon Market can serve as an important lever in realising Malaysia's net-zero emissions aspiration, as well as supporting the private sector's voluntary climate commitments and decarbonisation journey."

Muhamad Umar Swift Bursa Malaysia Chief Executive

How we work with Project Developers

Carbon Project Developers

1. Project Design

Our approach transcends the singular goal of carbon sequestration, instead designing multifaceted projects that generate a spectrum of environmental and social benefits. Imagine reforestation and afforestation initiatives teeming with biodiversity, fostering the flourishing of native species while providing sustainable livelihoods for local communities. 

2. Technology Solutions

Through our technology partners, we deploy state-of-the-art technology solutions such as satellite-based carbon mapping and digital-MRV processes to measure baselines and monitor ongoing reductions while significantly reducing the time and cost associated with credit issuance. Opening doors for high-quality projects to enter the market, we enable investors to make informed decisions directing crucial funding towards committed projects.

3. Feasibility Studies

From concept to credit, we empower landowners with the tools to realise the potential of their environmental assets. We conduct feasibility studies and break-even analysis to demonstrate the upfront investment required and the expected return on investments over a 30-year carbon revenue stream.

4. Project Finance

Nature-focussed investors have set their eyes on Malaysia as a country offering one of the highest ROIs for carbon projects. We fundraise and structure capital to optimise costs and provide opportunities for scaling up projects, where feasible. We will guide you through conservation finance options for your project.

5. Project Execution

We provide project execution support by working within in-country Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) and Public-Private Partnerships alongside local implementation partners and governments. We ‘second’ Nusanterra’s Head of Projects to the SPV to train and build capacity among the local team for effective financial and project management throughout project implementation.

6. Stakeholder Relations

Conservation projects require a multi-sectoral approach to deliver high-integrity projects for climate, community and biodiversity. We facilitate engagement with key stakeholders to ensure that Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) processes are conducted to the highest standards including complete transparency on the financial transaction among all parties. 


Assess Land

Mixed planting systems like agroforestry have much higher carbon capture levels than mono-crop systems. Agroforestry practices are therefore an effective tool in the fight against climate change and the protection of food supply in the Malay Archipelago.

We collect and analyse GIS data in order to determine its carbon removal potential. We use satellite imagery and deep learning models to precisely estimate the carbon baseline and expected additionality. By identifying links to High Conservation Value areas, we help increase the value and quality of projects. 

Nusanterra draws on regenerative methodologies to design projects with measurable impacts in terms of improved soils, water cycles, biodiversity, ecosystem health, and carbon cycles. 

Finance Plan

We connect landowners with corporates willing to provide interim finance for the development of carbon projects through forward purchase agreements. On credit issuance, the buyer gets a guaranteed amount of credits at a pre-determined price from the project.

By cutting out the need for intermediaries to facilitate the sale of carbon credits, Nusanterra aims to maximise revenue for conservation activities in high-quality projects. 

The Carbon Prospector Network (CPN) creates a community of smallholders that can share the costs of certification costs via special purpose vehicles to finance the upfront project development costs.

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Certify Project

We provide support throughout the project cycle to achieve measurable local impact that meets international best practice standards whether Verra, PlanVivo or Gold Standard. 

Our Nature-Based Solutions apply interdisciplinary approaches that address natural resource management challenges including afforestation, biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and ecosystem regeneration.

Our teams on the ground bring decades of experience and deep connections with the land and local communities. By working with partners who are deeply embedded in local communities, we create trust and build projects that have real, lasting impact for generations to come.

Sell Credits

Digitalised workflows and precision forestry solutions can dramatically decrease time and increase data integrity of Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) processes while bringing all the rigour of traditional methods at a fraction of the cost.

We support landowners with digital MRV (D-MRV) solutions to manage projects, monitor the evolution of carbon stocks and take control of the sales process.

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Advisory Services

CARBON REVENUE ASSESSMENT Understand your revenue potential from existing and potential carbon stocks

CARBON PROJECT DESIGN            Maximise your environmental sustainability impact and leave an impactful legacy behind

PROJECT MANAGEMENT          Simplify your life and leave the stakeholder management and reporting to Nusanterra


Afforestation is a process of planting trees on land that has not been recently forested. Nusanterra offers landowners the opportunity to earn carbon revenue through our Afforestation projects and uses Verra’s afforestation, restoration and revegetation methodology for carbon removal verification. 

A carbon credit is a certificate that can be bought with the purpose of offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. One credit usually represents one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) avoided or removed from the atmosphere. 

VCUs (Verified Carbon Units) are one type of carbon credit and one VCU represents a reduction or removal of one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) achieved by a Verra project as part of their Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) program.

The exact income will depend on the type of trees planted, land quality, project length, etc. As an example, an afforestation project on high-quality land in XXX is expected to generate approximately XXX VCUs / Ha over a 50-year contract. If VCU prices are at XXX MYR, an afforestation project may generate around XXX MYR / Ha.

This is an estimated income and depends on specific conditions as well as the carbon credit price at the time of sale. Your lands’ potential income is calculated in a Carbon Revenue Opportunity Assessment.

Afforestation and Impact Forestry both include grouped projects, which involve multiple landowners. Grouped projects save landowners money because they generate monitoring and verification efficiencies. Grouped projects have a much lower unit cost base than single landowner projects and can also generate larger volumes of carbon credits, which offers sales and marketing advantages. Carbon credit buyers often want to buy large volumes of specific carbon credits (e.g. carbon credits from afforestation) from a single vintage (i.e. produced in a specific year).

Nusanterra will group landowners based on their regional risk profile and management objectives (e.g. managing forests for timber versus managing forests for conservation). Members of a grouped project are likely to come from a similar region (e.g. Baltic states) and manage forests in a similar way.

Nusanterra will develop and manage carbon monitoring and verification for each grouped project. The monitoring and verification activities of each group member will be synchronised to meet the reporting requirements of Verra (see What is Verra?). However, Nusanterra will not operate our grouped projects as a single carbon pool or as a cooperative. Nusanterra will monitor the performance of each group member and as far as possible, distribute carbon payments based on the performance of individual group members. Group members will not receive an average share of each grouped project. 

Nusanterra arranges for and covers the costs of the Verra certification and validation process (usually undertaken by a third-party Verra partner).


However, as a landowner, you are required to share monitoring data (e.g whether you’ve harvested any timber, any fire or pest impacts etc) with us every 5 years (more frequently if you’ve opted into annual cash payments), throughout the length of the contract. The monitoring is needed to pass verification, which enables landowners to maximise carbon revenues. Where-ever possible, we use data you are already gathering for government reporting etc, but at times this may require additional data gathering from you.


We are also continuously working on automating the process and using remote sensing technologies such as satellite imagery combined with AI-based analysis in order to reduce the monitoring burden on landowners. 

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