Our story

Pachama’s roots are found in the heart of South America where the rainforest meets the mountains. Pachama’s co-founders, originally from Argentina, were moved to action after witnessing wide-scale deforestation and the early impacts of climate change. Working from the redwood forests of California, they created an organization that combines cutting-edge technology with the latest advances in ecology. Their goal became to take advantage of market mechanisms in order to build a sustainable economy capable of solving climate change and guaranteeing human wellbeing. 

Pachama was founded in 2018 and immediately attracted talented engineers and scientists in addition to the support of investors such as Y Combinator, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, LowerCarbon Capital and the Amazon Climate Pledge Fund. Pachama has since assisted dozens of Fortune 500 corporations in investing in high-quality nature-based carbon credits. Pachama’s work has helped fund projects restoring or protecting more than 1 million hectares of land in 15 different countries.

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Driven by Purpose

Pachama’s team is made up of a multidisciplinary and international group of engineers, scientists, and operators from some of the best organizations in the world including NASA, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, OpenAI, SpaceX, Tesla, and The Nature Conservancy, among others. Our team is driven by purpose and a deep love for nature and our planet.

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What Pachama means

Pachama was named in honor of Pachamama, the Mother Earth goddess for the indigenous people of South America.

We are looking for future team members to join us in creating a healthier planet.

Partnering with leading brands around the world

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Some of our investors

Ryan Graves Saltwater Founder
Chris Sacca Lowercase Founder
Paul Graham Y Combinator Founder
Shana Fisher Third Kind Founder
Tobi Lutke Shopify Founder
Tim Schumacher Ecosia Founder
Azeem Azhar Exponential View Founder
Miguel Nogales Generation Founding Partner
Alexis Ohanian 776 Founder
Claire Hughes Johnson Stripe Corporate Officer and Advisor
Tim O'Reilly O'Reilly Media Founder and CEO
Manu Ginobili Investor and Professional Basketball Player
Scott Belsky Adobe Chief Product Officer
Lenny Rachitsky Author and Investor
Seth Goldman Honest Tea Co-Founder

Learn more about our work

Introducing Pachama’s Project Evaluation Criteria 2.1

In September 2022, we overhauled our evaluation process with Project Evaluation Criteria 2.0. We aimed to raise our quality bar and advance a more transparent, high-integrity carbon market. Building on months of learnings and technology advancements, we are excited to introduce a number of improvements with a version update.

Building the Modern Carbon Market the Planet Demands

A series of recent publications and news articles have questioned the credibility of forest carbon credits, specifically citing over-crediting. Pachama has long recognized this problem, which is why we have been building technology solutions including an algorithmic approach to computing dynamic baselines.

A Path Forward for High-Integrity Carbon Crediting

A series of recent publications and news articles have questioned the credibility of forest carbon credits, specifically citing over-crediting. Pachama has long recognized this problem, which is why we have been building technology solutions including an algorithmic approach to computing dynamic baselines.