The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation (RMDLT REDD+ Project) avoids unplanned deforestation of High Conservation Value rainforest in the Portel municipality in the region of Para, Brazil.
The Project protects 177,899.5 ha of forests encompassed in a privately owned area. The Project started its activities in 2008 through forest patrolling and monitoring to prevent agents of deforestation from encroaching the area. In 2013 Project was able to scale-up its activities and engage local villagers as paid staff in forest protection and biodiversity monitoring activities.
Approximately 130 families live within the boundaries of the Project and all of them practice subsistence agriculture. Since 2013 the Project –in agreement with the landowner- is working to provide legal land-use permits that will result in official land titles for those villages that actively participate in forest protection. Also, the Project is supporting local villages to strengthen their social structure, improve food security through agroforestry techniques and to use less fuelwood by using energy-efficient cookstove technologies. On top of the funds committed for the aforementioned activities, the Project will assign an additional 5% of the revenues from carbon sales to create a trust fund that will serve to support locally driven sustainable initiatives.
The project zone is inserted in an area of extreme importance for biodiversity conservation holding a great diversity and abundance of species. The Project will enhance ecosystem functionality by allowing regeneration of degraded forest thus eliminating ecosystem fragmentation.
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The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation is located in a high conservation value area, rich in biodiversity and ecological processes. The Project is adjacent to the Caxiuana National Forest, a protected area with high biodiversity and a low demographic density due to its geographic isolation. The presence of the Project will reduce the deforestation/degradation pressure arriving from the south of the national park. Moreover, the Project will prevent not only ecosystem fragmentation due to forest degradation (selective illegal loggers) but will also prevent the loss of ecosystems resulting from deforestation. The project will protect the loss of endangered plants such as pau-rosa (Brazilian Rosewood) and acapu.
The Project activities will avoid ecosystem fragmentation and loss thus providing a safe and functional environment for at least 30 vulnerable individuals species such as:
- Giant Anteater
- Little Spotted Cat
- Pearly Parakeet
- Black-handed Tamarin
Before the development of the Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation the only economic activity in the area was the production and sale of cassava flour. The Project generates jobs in forest patrolling and biodiversity monitoring. It also provides the opportunity for local sustainable initiatives to get funded by an additional trust funded by 5% of the revenues of the carbon sales. In partnership with local NGOs- the project will provide capacity building for families to develop and submit business plans (individually or in groups) to apply for funding to start small sustainable businesses that take advantage of available non-timber products.
The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation builds local capabilities in the use of agroforestry techniques to diversify and secure food consumption and to achieve a sustainable production of cassava for farinha production. Local villagers who wish to participate in the monitoring program will receive free training in methodologies and procedures to monitor the Project Area.
The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation is expected to avoid the emission of 1,116,560 tonnes of CO2 annually, and prevent a total of 44.66 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted over the 40-year lifetime of the project.
The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation has been successfully validated and verified against to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). VCS was founded to provide a robust quality assurance standard that projects could use to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and issue credits in voluntary markets.
The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation project has been successfully validated to the CCB Standard Second Edition and has achieved Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Gold Levels. The CCBA is a partnership of leading NGOs with a mission to stimulate and promote land-based carbon activities that credibly mitigate global climate change, improve the well-being and reduce the poverty of local communities, and conserve biodiversity.
About the Project Developer
Ecosystem Services LLC, a forestry, renewable energy, and Natural Resources company specialized in the generation of internationally marketable environmental services. ES LLC was founded by leaders in the environmental field that share the belief that long-term conservation of the environment and unprecedented profits for investors are possible through sustainable ecosystem management, renewable energy development, and carbon markets. Its vision is for the planet and its biodiversity to be conserved through the generation of financial returns for investors and the provision of development opportunities for people. Its principles are based on ethical investment, social justice, gender equality, environmental conservation, and sustainable development.