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Rio Preto-Jacundà REDD+

Offset Program/Registry: Verified Carbon Standard / Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standard

Estimated Annual Emission Reductions: 397,380 metric tons CO2e

The Rio Preto-Jacundà Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project is an ongoing community-based emission reduction project located in a 94.3 ha extractive reserve in the Machado River Basin in the state of Rondônia, Brazil.

Located in the Amazonian ‘Arc of Deforestation,’ the project area faces pressures from squatters, illegal logging and the informal expansion of smallholder farms and ranches that has led to a 23% loss of forest cover since 2000. Apart from the detrimental effects on the environment, these external pressures also impinge on the resource rights of the rubber tapper community that has historically called this area home. Faced with the challenge of protecting their trees and preserving their traditional livelihood which involves the sustainable extraction of forest products, the Rio Preto-Jacundà community developed a multi-use management plan for the sustainable use of the extractive reserve.

This project supports the implementation of this plan, which aims to avoid the deforestation of at least 35 thousand ha over the duration of the project and provide community benefits to the 130 families that are directly affected by the project activities.

The community benefits of this project include: the potential for increased income generation through the development of agroforestry systems that produce high-value non-timber forest products; the improvement of housing and sanitary conditions; and the establishment of schools that provide child and adult learning services. Through the training of community members as health care agents, this project is also expected to provide significant improvements in community health by building capacity to monitor and control the most common and lethal diseases.

The avoided deforestation from this project will benefit the immense biodiversity found in the area.  The Machado River basin is home to 273 flora species and 787 fauna species, several of which are endangered, including the black-faced black spider monkey and the white-breasted antbird.