Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation

Brazil

Pará, Brazil houses one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems on the planet. The Brazilian Rosewood Project in the Pará's Portel municipality works to protect this fragile ecosystem by stopping rampant deforestation of carbon-dense rainforest while allowing degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate.


By supporting this project you are investing back into the community — 130 families in total — to provide employment for forest protection, and legal land-use permits that keep illegal deforesters away while protecting threatened species and local livelihoods in the process. The project also supports local villages to strengthen their social structure, improve food security through agroforestry techniques, and encourages less fuelwood usage by implementing energy-efficient cookstoves, which produce additional reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.


Key Facts

  • Protects threatened tree species like Brazilian Rosewood, and endangered species of animals like giant anteaters and the Ka'apor capuchin monkey
  • Provides secured land tenure to villages committed to conservation
  • Improves local nutrition through food diversification and agroforestry practices
  • Provides jobs in forest management, and education in forest preservation
  • Creates opportunities for communities to develop local businesses
  • This project will prevent net emissions of at least 20 Million tCO2e over the project's 40-year lifetime. It is validated and verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and validated to the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards Second Edition, achieving Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Gold Levels.

project impacts

  • The project is adjacent to the Caxiuanã National Forest, a protected area with high biodiversity. The project activities will avoid ecosystem fragmentation and loss thus providing a safe and functional environment for at least 30 threatened species including:


    • Ka'apor capuchin monkey
    • Black bearded saki
    • Black-handed tamarin
    • Giant anteater
    • Giant otter
    • Golden parakeet
  • The project aims to create respect and protection of forest resources through secured land tenure and employment incentives through legal land tenure and land-usage rights. The only economic activity in the area was the production and sale of cassava flour. Now, the Brazilian Rosewood Forest Conservation Project introduces new income streams with jobs in forest patrolling and biodiversity monitoring. In addition, 5% of the revenues of Stand For Trees Certificate sales fund local sustainable initiatives. In partnership with local NGOs, the project will provide capacity building for families to develop and submit business plans to start small sustainable businesses that take advantage of available non-timber products.

  • The project supports agroforestry techniques for the community to provide and diversify food consumption and supports sustainable production of cassava for farinha production. Local villagers receive free training in methodologies and procedures to monitor the project area. The project also provides energy-efficient cooking stoves for cassava production to villagers within and nearby the project boundary.

  • This project will prevent net emissions of at least 20 Million tCO2e over the project's 40-year lifetime. It is validated and verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and validated to the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards Second Edition, achieving Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity Gold Levels.


    Verified Carbon Standard: A Global Benchmark for Cargon CCB Standards: The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards


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