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Trocano carbon offset project unveils new sports center in Borba

A new community sports center opens in Borba, Brazil

The Trocano Araretama Project is one of the projects that was supported by our carbon offset portfolio this past quarter. As part of its approach to protect part of the Amazon rainforest in the Brazilian municipality of Borba, the project is incentivizing local communities to conserve the forest by providing social and cultural benefits. 

In September, one of these co-benefits was realized as a new sports center opened its doors to residents of Borba. After years of planning, the center was finally realized thanks to the partnership with the Trocano Araretama project. The center promotes health and wellness by providing a free, dedicated space for locals to practice popular sports such as futsal, boxing, and jiu-jitsu. 

Trocano Araretama forest carbon offset project area

Trocano Araretama Conservation Project

Located along the Madeira River, this project is protecting a vast area of the Brazilian Amazon that is under imminent threat of deforestation. By improving living conditions and strengthening environmental monitoring and awareness, this project will conserve this critical ecosystem while improving quality of life for local communities.

Where & Why

The Madeira River is one of the Amazon’s largest tributaries. The waterway runs more than 2,000 miles, serving as an important freshwater source and route for transportation in the Brazilian Amazon.

While major transportation routes like the Madeira open up access to more remote areas of the rainforest, this also means that they make deforestation easier. Oftentimes, this results in a fishbone pattern of deforestation, where parallel lines of deforestation occur off a main road.

The Trocano Araretama project is located on the banks of the Madeira in the Municipality of Santo Antônio de Borba. This area is home to an incredible array of animals including 2,500 species of birds and 2,500 species of fish. Howler monkeys, white-nosed sakis, jaguars, and river dolphins are just a few of the species that are found here. 

Unfortunately, this biodiverse region faces severe threats of deforestation. Along with the Madeira River, the area also borders major roadways, leaving it highly susceptible to illegal logging, the expansion of livestock farming and cattle ranching, and other drivers of deforestation. The lack of economic opportunities in the region exacerbate this problem as local communities resort to working for illegal logging companies in order to survive. Between 1991 and 2010, Borba’s population more than doubled, placing further pressure on the region’s precious forest resources. 

Without intervention, it is projected that there will be extensive deforestation in the project area within the next 20 years.

How & Who

This project is protecting more than one million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon from being lost to deforestation. By conserving this essential ecosystem, the project will ensure that the trees hold their current carbon stores and continue to remove emissions from the atmosphere. 

The project will prevent deforestation and address its root causes through a variety of activities, including:

  • Implementing a new, technology-driven monitoring and intervention system against the perpetrators of illegal deforestation.
  • Educating local communities on forests to foster environmental appreciation and activism.
  • Training and employing local inhabitants in land maintenance and conservation. 
  • Providing alternative livelihood opportunities for local people so that they no longer need to engage in illegal logging as a means of survival. In the longer-term, funds will be used to provide micro-loans and develop sustainable ecotourism.
  • Training residents on sustainable practices, such as small-scale sustainable agricultural practices that avoid the devastation caused by slash and burn.

The project funds will also be used to create additional benefits for communities and improve local standards of living. As there is currently no waste management in place, proceeds from the project will be used to establish sewage and waste systems. Furthermore, funds from the project will support the improvement of basic services, such as the deployment of mobile health units, distribution of water purification systems and renovation of schools, as well as the provision of professional training.

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change by preventing deforestation
  • Protects 1.3 million hectares of tropical rainforest
  • Conserves biodiversity by protecting the habitats of vulnerable and endemic species
  • Reduces environmental pollution by establishing waste management systems

Community Benefits

  • Supports improved water sanitation, education, and health
  • ​​Provides training to local communities
  • Provides employment alternatives for local communities

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

3.2 million metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Go Balance Ltd

Project Documents

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Maísa REDD+

This project is protecting an area of the Brazilian Amazon that is threatened by deforestation. By increasing the economic value of the standing forest and improving surveillance, the project aims to protect this critical habitat and create better living conditions for local inhabitants.

Where & Why

The endemic center of Belém is an area of immense biodiversity within the Brazilian Amazon. The region is home to more than 450 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. 

Unfortunately, this part of the Amazon has been severely deforested over the years, leaving the landscape fragmented and degraded. As new roads were constructed in recent decades, they enabled people to penetrate deeper into the forest and the population grew rapidly. This coupled with extreme poverty and weak law enforcement have made the region susceptible to an ongoing cycle of deforestation. Local communities are lured in by the financial incentives offered by illegal loggers and coal producers who are eager to cut down their trees. After the timber resources are depleted, the remaining vegetation is typically burned and cleared to grow crops or graze cattle. Once these pastures and croplands are degraded, more forests are cleared. To date, more than 75% of the region’s forest cover has been compromised. 

The loss of Brazil’s lush rainforest habitat poses a grave risk to species such as the black bearded saki monkeys and Kaapori capuchin monkeys, which are currently in critical danger of extinction. As the forests are stripped bare, their carbon stores are released into the atmosphere which contributes to global climate change.

How & Who

This project is protecting one of the largest remaining blocks of forest within Belém’s center of endemism. The project aims to keep the forest standing by addressing the main drivers of deforestation in the region. This includes developing alternative economic activities that promote forest conservation, such as harvesting acai berries or other non-wood forest products, and strengthening local producer cooperatives. These new opportunities will provide families with additional income so that they no longer need to resort to illegal logging or charcoal production. The project will also encourage the use of more productive and sustainable farming practices that minimize the need to clear more forest areas. Further efforts to curb illegal timber harvesting include using satellite images to identify possible sources of deforestation. 

Over the next 30 years, the project aims to avoid the deforestation of more than 15,000 acres of the Amazon rainforest.

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change by preventing deforestation
  • Protects 71,047 acres of forest cover
  • Conserves biodiversity by protecting the habitats of endangered species

Community Benefits

  • Increases income for impoverished communities 
  • Trains local producers on sustainable forest management and land use

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

67,458 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standard

Project Developers

Biofilica

Project Documents

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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. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Protects a forest area and the biodiversity within
  • Mitigates climate change by reducing deforestation

Community Benefits

  • Increases income generation
  • Improves housing and sanitary conditions
  • Establishes new schools 
  • Trains healthcare agents

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

397,380 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Biofilica

Project Documents

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Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative

Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative

This project is protecting a critical forest ecosystem that supports over 1,000 species in northern Peru. By providing benefits to local communities, the project motivates farmers to conserve the forest and promotes sustainable production of the region’s main crop: coffee.

Where & Why

The Alto Mayo Protected Forest is a critical ecosystem located in the San Martín region of the Peruvian Amazon. The forest covers approximately 182,000 hectares (450,000 acres) – an area twice the size of New York City. The area boasts extremely high biodiversity and is home to over 1,000 unique species, including rare birds, amphibians, and the yellow-tailed woolly monkey that is endemic to Peru. The forest also plays a valuable role in protecting the streams which provide water for the people who live in the Alto Mayo Basin. 

Although the Alto Mayo Forest is designated as a protected area, it is still threatened by high rates of deforestation and degradation. Rising coffee prices and a new highway spurred thousands of migrant farmers to flock to the region. It is estimated that more than 4,000 families now live in and around the forest.  Unfortunately, as more people settled in the region and agricultural production expanded, it came at a cost to Alto Mayo’s environment. Farmers burned and cleared trees to plant crops and utilized unsustainable coffee production techniques. As a result, they were destroying not only a critical ecosystem, but the very resources their livelihoods depend on.

How & Who

This REDD+ project is reducing tropical deforestation by protecting and restoring the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. It is addressing the main causes of deforestation in the area by working directly with local communities and the Peruvian Government. 

By providing economic benefits to local communities, the project incentivizes inhabitants to conserve the forest and protect its precious resources. Local families sign conservation agreements in exchange for benefits, such as agricultural training, farming equipment, public health campaigns, and school supplies.  By signing the agreements, families pledge to not cut down trees, use sustainable farming practices, and engage in various other conservation activities. In addition, farmers are provided with access to coffee and native tree seedlings so they can also plant native trees within their coffee plantations. 

To date, over 848 community members have pledged to protect the trees of Alto Mayo. In addition to providing incentives, the project is also creating new job opportunities for local communities. People are paid for certain conservation activities, such as patrolling and safeguarding the forest. In total, more than 240,000 inhabitants of the Alto Mayo Basin are benefiting as a result of the project.

Environmental Benefits

  • Conserves 450,000 acres of forest 
  • Safeguards tropical biodiversity
  • Protects water resources
  • Mitigates climate change by storing carbon

Community Benefits

  • Trains local communities on agricultural practices
  • Improves health and education
  • Ensures clean water for communities
  • Creates sustainable jobs for local people

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

515,116 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Conservation International

Project Documents

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Madre De Dios Carbon Offset Project

Peru Madre De Dios

This project reduces deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon by improving forest management and promoting sustainable nut harvesting. This will help protect critical rainforest habitat and endangered species, while supporting the livelihoods of indigenous communities.

Where & Why

The Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon is covered by dense tropical rainforest that is home to spectacular biodiversity. Numerous endangered animals rely on this lush habitat for their survival, including the golden lion tamarin and lowland tapir. In addition, several indigenous communities reside in the forests and are highly dependent on its resources. 

The new Interoceanic highway cuts through this region, connecting the Brazilian Amazon to Peru’s Pacific ports. While this highway increases accessibility, it opens the doors to other environmental problems such as deforestation caused by migrant farmers and illegal loggers. This puts certain native tree species, such as mahogany and cedar, at risk of extinction, and threatens the wildlife and people who live in the region.

How & Who

This project will dramatically reduce deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon and protect approximately 740,000 acres (300,000 hectares) of rainforest. The project aims to reduce pressure on this biodiversity hotspot by improving forest management and increasing the economic value of the healthy forest. To accomplish this, the project supports sustainable Brazil nut harvesting by local farmers. This allows local communities to reap economic benefits from the forest without diminishing its natural integrity. As a result, over 400 families benefit economically from nut production. In addition, the project will improve monitoring and enforcement in the area and train 460 local people on forest protection practices. 

By preventing deforestation of the rainforest, this project reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves an incredibly valuable ecosystem. At the same time, it supports the livelihoods of indigneous communities and creates employment opportunities for rural producers.

Environmental Benefits

  • Conserves over 700,000 acres of rainforest
  • Protects a biodiversity hotspot and vulnerable species
  • Mitigates climate change by reducing deforestation

Community Benefits

  • Protects remote indigenous settlements
  • Boosts local economy and promotes sustainable Brazil nut production
  • Provides training and jobs to local communities

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

117,676 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Bosques Amazónicos

Project Documents

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