Jari Pará REDD+
This project is safeguarding an ecological corridor within the Brazilian Amazon by avoiding deforestation and restoring native vegetation. The project works with local communities to mitigate damaging land use practices, such as slash-and-burn agriculture, while promoting sustainable food production and diversified economic activities.
Where & Why
Located in the northern Brazilian state of Pará, the municipality of Almeirim is situated where the Paru and Jari tributaries flow into the Amazon River. This part of the Brazilian Amazon serves as an ecological corridor, connecting various ecosystems and wildlife habitats in the region. The swaths of tropical rainforest support a wide variety of plant and animal species, such as hibiscus, brazil nut trees, jaguars, and giant otters. The area is also of socio-economic importance and is home to hundreds of rural families.
Unfortunately, this ecologically-valuable area is also under threat from extensive deforestation. The ‘slash-and-burn’ technique is used to clear forest areas for cattle ranching and infrastructure development. This involves cutting down trees and leaving them to dry before burning any remaining vegetation. This practice led to widespread fires in the area, destroying acres of natural habitat and releasing vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
The Amazon rainforest houses over 10% of the world’s biodiversity and stores around 70 billion tons of carbon dioxide. Further degradation and deforestation in the region could have major consequences on the whole world.
How & Who
This project will work with local communities to safeguard large areas of rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon. By providing technical and organizational support, such as leadership workshops, networking opportunities and land use knowledge sharing, the project will help local farmers to diversify their agricultural products. By educating these communities on the benefits of sustainable practices, the project will mitigate forest-damaging activities in the area.
The project also helps to maintain a seedling nursery of native plant species from the area which will be used to restore degraded lands. Species such as brazil nuts and açaí berries will also provide food security and can be distributed by local communities for economic gain. There is a strong focus on developing cooperatives and leadership to improve local people’s professional and networking skills. This will help communities to market and sell the products they grow, enabling their livelihoods to become more sustainable.
Throughout the initial 30 year life span of the project, 50,480 hectares of deforestation will be avoided. This will protect 340 types of flora and 2,070 animal species, 133 of which are endangered. In total, over 270 families will be positively impacted by the project across 7 different communities.
- Protects over 700,000 acres of tropical rainforest
- Preserves the habitat of 2,000+ unique animal species
- Mitigates climate change by preventing deforestation
- Improves food security through sustainable food production
- Offers training on social organization, cooperativism, and leadership
- Diversifies economic activities to improve resiliency
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