- Enhances ecosystem functionality by allowing regeneration of degraded forests and stopping deforestation
- Works to provide legal land-use permits that will result in official land titles for those villages that actively participate in forest protection
- Improving access to communication and training locals in sustainable agroforestry
This project avoids the unplanned deforestation of High Conservation Value rainforest in the Portel municipality in the region of Pará, Brazil. The project engages local villagers as paid staff in forest protection and biodiversity monitoring activities, as well as introduces alternative and sustainable livelihood alternatives to local communities.
Approximately 80 families live within the boundaries of the project and all of them practice subsistence agriculture. The project is working to provide legal land-use permits that will result in official land titles for those villages that actively participate in forest protection. Through funds from purchases of Stand For Trees Certificates, the project can continue to improve food security through agroforestry techniques and to use less fuelwood by using energy-efficient cookstove technologies, with additional greenhouse reduction benefits. In addition to the above activities, 5% of the revenues from Stand For Tree Certificate sales will be used to create a trust fund that will serve to support locally driven sustainable initiatives.
The Amazon Forest Protection Project is located in a High Conservation Value area, rich in biodiversity. The project area is adjacent to the Caxiuana National Forest, a protected area with high levels of 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. Support from Stand For Trees will prevent deforestation in the area, protecting endangered plants such as pau-rosa (Brazilian Rosewood) and acapu.
Before the development of the Amazon Forest Protection 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. 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 of non-timber products in the Project Area, including the highly valuable Acai fruit.
The Amazon Forest Protection Project also 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 training on biodiversity monitoring and identification.
The area of the project did not have any communication technology (i.e. telephone, radio, internet). Through the sale of Stand For Trees Certificates, the project will improve access to basic communication through satellite Internet and personal satellite messaging for emergency communications.
The project is expected to avoid the emission of 10 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted over the 40-year lifetime of the project. The Amazon Forest Protection Project has been successfully validated and verified against 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 project has been successfully validated to the CCB Standards Second Edition, achieving Climate Adaption 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.
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