Our nature project: Saving the Amazon Rainforest

Peru - REDD+ Forest Protection

The project in numbers

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300,000
hectare of forest protected
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405
families benefited
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870,000
wildlife species protected
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1.8m
tons of CO2 captured annually

Context

The Amazon is under tremendous pressure from slash-and-burn agriculture and illegal timber harvesting. It is estimated that the Amazon is being deforested at a rate of 3 football fields per minute and that we’ve already lost 15–17% of the rainforest. And while we must push forward on reforestation efforts around the globe to remove carbon and regrow ecosystems, we must also protect these critical tropical forests. Deforestation of existing forests accounts for 12–15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all of the European Union combined. Old-growth, tropical forests already sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air, and also support healthy ecosystems and local communities.

Project

Located in the lush primary forests of the Peruvian Amazon, the Brazil Nut Concession Forest Conservation Project protects close to 300,000 hectares of tropical rainforest. That’s almost as large as the State of Rhode Island! The project is a unique community-based collaboration between Bosques Amazonicos (BAM) and the local community landowners — the Madre de Dios Federation of Brazil Nut Concessionersa. It is certified by Verra/VCS and is anticipated to prevent 14.5 million tons of CO2 emissions. The Brazil Nut Concessions project is particularly important as it is located near a newly constructed highway through the Amazon, which has brought with it increased deforestation. In order to stop the root causes of deforestation, a paramount goal of the project is to push the local economy away from slash-and-burn agriculture and towards the harvesting of Brazil nuts, which can only be found in primary forests such as those found in the project.

Why we chose this project

The Brazil Nut Concessions project works directly with concessioner communities who are highly dependent on local ecosystems but who, historically, have had few resources to protect the rich primary rainforest they call home. This carbon project seeks to create more economic opportunities for local communities thus enabling the community to safeguard against illicit deforestation. In addition to generating community income through carbon credit sales, the project has built a new brazil nut processing facility to increase the value of harvested nuts, expanding what was formally a subsistence activity into a viable income source. To support this economic redirection, the project has implemented a significant outreach campaign to educate the local population on the benefits of intact rainforest, holding workshops in each town within the region. The forest, in addition to being a vital resource to local communities, is also a precious habitat to countless threatened and endangered species.

Verification and monitoring

While this project is already verified by a third-party carbon protocol body Verra, Pachama provides an additional layer of verification and monitoring using their remote sensing and AI technology. Pachama uses this technology to ensure international standards are met, as well as to provide real-time data about the forests missing in other forest schemes. Pachama provides regular monitoring and works with the on-the-ground team to enable better forest protection. Brazil Nut Concessions, in particular, takes extreme precautions to avoid illegal deforestation (including cameras, checkpoints, and patrols). Our satellite data notes very low deforestation (below 1%) since the project’s inception. And in the event of future issues, such as a future wildfire, Pachama works to ensure that credits are issued for the project from the global Verra buffer pool.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals
The  protected  area  is a main  water  collector of the drainage systems within the region.
The project provides jobs for the local communities during the operation phase.
The project enables small local farmers to sustainably harvest and process brazil nuts.
By allowing the forest to recover, trees are able to absorb CO2
emissions.
The protected rainforests in the region are home to many endangered species.
Promotional video by Bosques Amazonicos Feprocamp (click CC for english)