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Ecosystem Services / ADPML Portel-Pará REDD Project

Project Brief

The ADPML Project avoids unplanned deforestation of High Conservation Value rainforest in the Portel municipality in the region of Para, Brazil.

The Project will protect 135,105.6 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. It is in 2013 that the Project is able to scale-up its activities and engage local villagers as paid staff in forest protection and biodiversity monitoring activities.

Approximately 80 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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Project Impacts

  • Ecosystem


    The ADPML Project is located in a high conservation value area, rich in biodiversity and ecological processes. The area contains dense terra firme forests, flooded forests (várzea and igapó), savanna-like vegetation, and secondary vegetation (capoeira). The Project area is adjacent to the Caxiuana National Forest, a protected area with a rich biodiversity and a low demographic density due to its geographic isolation. The presence of the REDD Project will reduce the deforestation/degradation pressure arriving from the south of the national park. Reduced forestation will protect the loss of endangered plants such as pau-rosa (Brazilian Rosewood) and acapu.

  • Endangered Animals

    Endangered Animals

    The Project activities will avoid ecosystem fragmentation and loss thus providing a safe and functional environment for at least 30 vulnerable species such as:

    • Giant Anteater
    • Little Spotted Cat
    • Red-handed Howler
    • Pearly Parakeet
    • Black-handed Tamarin

  • Economic Development

    Economic Development

    Before the development of the ADPML Project the only economic activity in the area was the production and sale of cassava flour or farinha. The Project directly generates jobs on forest patrolling and biodiversity monitoring for local people. At the same time, the Project provides the opportunity for local sustainable initiatives to get funded by an additional trust fund made with 5% of the revenues of the carbon sales. In partnership with local NGOs, the project will provide capacity building to local families to develop and submit business plans (individually or in groups) to apply for funding to start small sustainable business that take advantage from non-timber products in the Project Area and LMA (i.e. based on agroforestry production, seed collection, etc.).

  • Education


    The ADPML Project 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 that wish to participate in the monitoring program will receive training on biodiversity monitoring and identification.

  • Communication


    The area of the Project did not have any communication technology (i.e telephone, radio, internet). After the implementation of the Project, the area will have access to basic communication through satellite internet and personal satellite messaging for emergency communications.

  • Emission Reductions

    Emission Reductions

    The ADPML Project is expected to avoid the emission of 482,845 tonnes of CO2 annually, and prevent a total of 19.31 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted over the 40-year lifetime of the project.

  • VCS Certification

    VCS Certification

    The ADPML REDD Project design has been successfully validated and its impacts verified 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.

  • CCBA Certification

    CCBA Certification

    The ADPML REDD Project has been successfully validated to the CCB Standards Second Edition, achieving 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. The CCBA brings together diverse stakeholders through a transparent and inclusive participatory process to develop standards that stimulate, identify and promote high quality multiple-benefit land-based carbon activities.

About the Project Developer

  • Ecosystem Services

    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.