- Will prevent the emission of 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 in its first ten years
- Area has some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world
- Improves access to health and dental care in the region and provides training for locals in sustainable agriculture
Located within the Brazilian state of Acre, Amazon Valparaíso preserves 28,000 hectares of pristine tropical rainforest alongside the Valparaíso and Jurua Rivers in the Amazon Basin. By enhancing the quality of life and socio-economic development of local populations through training in sustainable agriculture, provision of health services, and education, the project makes conservation an economically viable alternative to slash-and-burn agriculture, cattle ranching, and commercial logging.
The rainforests surrounding the Valparaíso and Jurua Rivers contain some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, with 30,000 endemic plant and 42 endemic animal species. The ecoregion also has the highest mammal and bird richness recorded in the Amazon: 257 mammal and 782 bird species. The project is imperative to protecting its species diversity and freshwater networks.
Locals are receiving training in sustainable agricultural practices, and the project has launched a community association to assist with cassava flour and açaí production. Valparaíso is also implementing new education programs and expanding regional health centres and dental clinics.
Amazon Valparaíso will prevent the emissions of 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 over the first 10 years of its 30-year lifetime, validated and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). It has also achieved CCB Gold status for exceptional community benefits.
The jaguar is the flagship species of the area and has declined by 25% in the last 20 years due to habitat loss, trophy hunting, and illegal trade. In addition to the jaguar, Amazon Valparaíso protects critical habitat for at least 25 species, including the lowland tapir and short-eared dog.