Brazil is home to 14% of the world’s rainforests, but accounts for 40% of global deforestation — making the country a foremost priority for conservation. Located within the Brazilian state of Acre, the Valparaíso Project preserves 28,096 hectares of pristine tropical rainforest alongside the Valparaíso River and Jurua River in the Amazonian Basin. The project protects one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions while enhancing the quality of life and socio-economic development of local populations.
Regional studies have shown that the rainforests surrounding the Valparaíso and Jurua River contain some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, and thus the Valparaíso Project is imperative to protecting this region’s species diversity and freshwater networks. Your purchase of Stand For Trees Certificates from this project protects these remaining forests by helping to make conservation a more economically viable option to slash-and-burn agriculture, cattle ranching, and commercial extraction.
- Expected to prevent the emission of 1.5 million tonnes of C02 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, in addition to provided training for the local community in sustainable agriculture practices.
Regional studies have demonstrated this project area has some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. The region provides refuge to over 30,000 endemic species of plants and 42 endemic species of animals. The project’s ecoregion has the highest number of both mammal and bird species richness recorded for the Amazon-with 257 listed mammal species, 11 endemic mammal species, 782 listed bird species, and 17 endemic bird species.
Funds from the sale of Stand For Trees Certificates will help finance community improvements for local populations. These include the provision of agricultural extension trainings, and improving the community health center and dental clinics in the region.
The project will also fund training and agricultural extension courses for local communities along with the implementation of new education programs.
The Valparaíso Project creates numerous benefits for local populations by promoting sustainable agriculture and ranching practices, increasing local community income and diversifying the local economy. The project will also establish an association to assist with the local production of açaí and manioc flour. Local community members are hired to facilitate communication and transparency in project activity planning and implementation.
Through project activities and avoided deforestation, the Amazon Valparaiso Project is expected to reduce emissions by approximately 153, 853 tonnes per year throughout its first ten years. The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) established a robust quality assurance standard that projects use to quantify greenhouse gases and issue Verified Emission Reductions. This is the third REDD+ project within Acre, Brazil to receive both VCS and CCB certification. The Valparaiso Project is located in Acre, Brazil and is the third project ever in Acre to achieve verification to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and verification to the Climate, Community, & Biodiversity Alliance (CCB) standard, Second Edition, with Community Gold Level. The CCBA is a partnership of leading NGOs that ensures projects credibly mitigate climate change, contribute to the sustainable development of local communities, and conserve biodiversity.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified 26 species in Acre as Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered and Extinct. If the Valparaíso Project area is not protected, these particular threatened species would suffer.