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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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Jari Amapa Carbon Offset Project in Brazil

Jari Amapá REDD+

This project aims to protect a large forest area within the Valley of Jari, which is home to over 2,000 species and 2,000+ rural families. The project will provide economic opportunities including agriculture, fish hatcheries, and community cooperatives that support local handicrafts.

Where & Why

The Valley of Jari in Northern Brazil is located in a major watershed for the Amazon River and includes three major rivers (Jari, Cajari and Maracá). The area is home to over 2,000 rural families and serves as an ecological corridor that connects several important conservation areas. The Valley abounds with biodiversity and the tropical rainforest provides a sanctuary for many important wildlife species. Over 2,000 different types of animals live in the area, including over 100 endangered species.

During the 1970s, investments in infrastructure and new enterprises brought thousands of migrants to the region in search of job opportunities. Unfortunately, many of these jobs were linked to the pulp mill industry and relied on the exploitation of the forest. Unsustainable practices, such as clearing forest areas and feeding trees to the pulp mill brought on increased deforestation. Many families who lived in the Valley were forced to leave as the forest was converted for other uses and they lost access to its resources. Following a number of economic crises in Brazil, investment ceased and enterprises failed. Both deforestation and social issues increased.   

How & Who

Jari Amapá REDD+ is an ongoing communitybased project that aims to protect a 163,040 acre (65,980 hectare) forest area in the Valley of Jari. The project safeguards large areas of forest to prevent deforestation and degradation. To further ensure the safety of this biodiverse habitat, local people will be trained in sustainable farming practices and forest management.  

By ensuring that this forest stays standing, this project will prevent approximately 3,450,279 metric tons of CO2e emissions. The project will provide local communities with financial support and establish agricultural production, fish hatcheries, beekeeping and community cooperatives that support locally made handicrafts will create additional job opportunities in the area

Environmental Benefits

  • Protects over 160,000 acres of tropical rainforest
  • Preserves the habitat of 2,000+ unique animal species
  • Mitigates climate change by preventing deforestation

Community Benefits

  • Establishes community cooperatives
  • Supports new economic activities such as fish hatcheries

Project Type

Forests

Location

Annual CO2 Reduction

115,109 metric tons CO2e

SDGs Supported

Verification Standards

Project Developer

Biofilica

Project Documents

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