Rio Preto-Jacundà REDD+
This community-based project avoids forest loss in the Amazonian ‘Arc of Deforestation’ by promoting sustainable use of an extractive forest reserve. Local families will gain income via the production of non-timber forest products and the project offers social benefits in health and education.
Where & Why
Located in the “Amazonian ‘Arc of Deforestation,” the Rio Preto-Jacundá Extractive Reserve is a conservation area spanning approximately 235,000 acres (95,000 hectares). The area faces pressures from squatters, illegal logging and the informal expansion of smallholder farms and ranches. Apart from the detrimental effects on the environment, which is home to 273 flora species and 787 fauna species, these external pressures also impinge on the resource rights of the rubber tapper community that has historically called this area home.
How & Who
This project is an ongoing community-based REDD+ project. 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 this plan and aims to avoid the deforestation of at least 35,000 hectares over the duration of the project. The project promotes the sustainable production of non-timber products such as wild rubber and its by-products which include acai and brazil nuts. In addition, the project will increase surveillance of the area through satellite monitoring of deforestation and on-the-ground patrols.
The project also provides benefits to 130 families, including the potential for increased income generation; 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.
- Protects a forest area and the biodiversity within
- Mitigates climate change by reducing deforestation
- Increases income generation
- Improves housing and sanitary conditions
- Establishes new schools
- Trains healthcare agents
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