CO2 compensation

As a forest sponsor you not only save your own piece of rainforest, you can also offset your own CO2 emissions.

Become a forest sponsor and offset your carbon footprint

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Every person in Germany causes about 11 tons of CO2 emissions per year. With your forest sponsorship you can compensate your personal ecological footprint.

To protect life on earth, we need to reduce our CO2 emissions as quickly as possible. While you reduce your emissions at home, as a forest sponsor in Peru you can save exactly the area of rainforest needed to absorb as much CO2 as you produce in a year. That's how you become climate neutral.

Become a forest sponsor now

As a forest sponsor, you make regular donations and thus continuously offset your carbon footprint. Alternatively, you can make a one-time-donation.

CO2- and rainforest calculator

Saved rainforest in ha
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This calculator will help you determine the amount of your monthly donation to compensate for your CO2 emissions. one-time donation

150,000 tons of CO2 - The rainforest and the climate

The protected areas of Mein Regenwald currently absorb about 150,000 tons of CO2 every year, which they remove from the atmosphere.

At the same time, large amounts of CO2 are bound in the soil and biomass of the rainforest and the peatlands of Mein Regenwald. Without the protection provided by the Mein Regenwald project, these forests and peatlands would be destroyed. The absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere would cease and through the flames of slash and burn, the destruction of vegetation and

the drying of the soils, huge amounts of CO2 would be released into the atmosphere - with dire consequences for the climate. Preventing this is the task of Mein Regenwald. This is made possible by forest sponsors who finance the protection of the rainforest and the climate through their donations.

What you can do:

Become climate neutral or even CO2 negative

By becoming a forest sponsor and saving two hectares of rainforest, you become climate neutral. If you sponsor more than two hectares, you become CO2-negative, i.e. your piece of rainforest in Peru removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than you cause by your own life.

Each hectare of forest and peatland in the Mein Regenwald Conservation Areas absorbs an average of 7.5 tons of CO2 each year.* So to offset the 11 tons of CO2 that each of us in Germany produces on average each year, you need about 1.5 hectares of rainforest that must be permanently protected. This guarantees that the 11 tons of CO2 can continue to be absorbed from the atmosphere.

Since not everyone causes the same amount of CO2** and the rainforest's CO2 absorption depends on factors such as precipitation and solar radiation, we recommend that each forest sponsor include at least a 25 percent buffer in the CO2 compensation calculation. This means that for every person who wants to offset their CO2 footprint as a forest sponsor, at least two hectares of rainforest must be permanently protected. This corresponds to a monthly donation of 10 euros.

CO2-neutral household

As a forest sponsor, you can offset the CO2 footprint of everyone living in your household. If you want to make your entire household and all its inhabitants climate neutral, you should adopt a forest sponsorship for at least two hectares per family member. This corresponds to a monthly forest sponsorship donation of at least 10 euros per family member.

Balancing life's footprint

As a forest sponsor, you can even offset the ecological footprint of your entire life. To do this, you donate the sum that is sufficient to save exactly the area of rainforest that absorbs as much CO2 as you have caused in your life so far.

You can offset your lifetime CO2 footprint with a one-time forest sponsorship donation or a temporary forest sponsorship. Here are a few examples:

So depending on your age, you need different amounts of rainforest to offset the ecological footprint of your entire life and make it climate neutral.

Balance the CO2 footprint of your entire life and put yourself on the side of future generations. Write to us, we will be happy to help you calculate your lifetime CO2 footprint.

Avoid, reduce, compensate

Important basic principle for honest CO2 compensation. CO2 offsetting should not be an ecological sale of indulgences, because the best CO2 is the one that is not produced in the first place and therefore does not need to be offset. Therefore, the following basic principle applies to every type of CO2 compensation:


You completely avoid activities that are particularly harmful to the climate from the outset.


All your CO2 emissions that you cannot completely avoid, you try to reduce through environmentally conscious behavior by choosing more climate-friendly alternatives, e.g. green electricity instead of coal-fired electricity or bus and train instead of car or plane. Offset


You offset the CO2 footprint that remains after you have avoided and reduced as much as possible by actively supporting climate protection projects such as Mein Regenwald.

Your certificate

As a forest sponsor, you will receive a forest sponsor certificate from us, which not only shows the area of rainforest you are protecting, but also the amount of CO2 you are offsetting through your forest sponsorship. Once a year you will also receive a donation receipt so that you can claim your donations on your income tax return.

As a forest sponsor, you donate regularly and thus continuously offset your CO2 footprint. Alternatively, you can make a one-time-donation

*CO2 footprint in the rainforest

In the Mein Regenwald protected areas, one hectare of old rainforest (older than 20 years) absorbs at least 4 tons of CO2 per year. For one hectare of young forest or reforestation area, the value is about 15 tons, and in each hectare of moorland forest or high moorland, particularly large amounts of CO2 are stored. On average, each hectare of Mein Regenwald protected area absorbs about 7.5 tons of CO2 per year on this basis of calculation.

(Source: "Minimum CO2 sequestration in ecologically oriented forest and agriculture projects" - Background document to the document "Alliance for Development and Climate - Requirements for projects and approved standards," August 2019, Azadeh Farajpour-Javazmi, M. Sc. (FAW/n), Estelle Herlyn, Prof. Dr. (FAW/n), Tobias Orthen, M. Sc. (FAW/n), Franz Josef Radermacher, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (FAW/n))

** Someone who lives very environmentally consciously and, for example, uses green electricity instead of coal-fired electricity, uses public transportation and eats a vegetarian diet has a smaller ecological footprint than someone who does not pay attention to sustainability at all in everyday life. You can determine your own ecological footprint with the help of CO2 calculators on the Internet: or