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Acre Amazonian Rainforest Conservation

Granting land tenure and providing agricultural training to prevent deforestation and promote sustainable economic livelihoods

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Project overview

  • Region: Latin America

  • Project type: Agricultural, Forestry and landscapes

  • Standards: CCB, VCS

90% of Brazil’s Acre state is forested, but current rates of destruction mean by 2030 this could decline to 65%. This collection of three projects aims to prevent deforestation across 105,000 hectares of pristine rainforest in the Amazon basin, protecting some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats. With the support of carbon finance, the projects work with communities and local groups to help protect ecosystem services while providing alternative models of economic development which avoid destruction of the forest.

Sustainable Impacts
  • Biodiversity protection
  • Education and skills
  • Financial security
  • Food security
  • Infrastructure development
  • Job creation
  • Water stewardship
  • Biodiversity protection: Through educating local communities about improved agricultural techniques while monitoring unsustainable uses of the forest, the projects are mitigating deforestation and helping to protect the area’s rich biodiversity.
  • Food security: Families have been trained and will continue to have access to courses on how to grow bananas, chickpeas, cassava and corn; artisanal processing of fish; rearing organic pigs; and using rotational cattle pastures. The goal is to increase yields and help make these agricultural activities more profitable.
  • Financial security: Strengthening business capacity through training, and plans to provide a boat for exporting goods, will further help communities lower their transaction costs and increase market access for their crops.
  • Health and well-being: To improve community livelihoods, the project is facilitating doctor visits from local towns on a periodic basis. Plans are in place to build local health centres and dental clinics, providing consistent healthcare access.

Avoided deforestation and reforestation activities are helping to rehabilitate degraded areas along the riverbank, helping to combat riverbed erosion and polluting sediment levels in the water, while enhancing overall protection of watersheds.

Benedito Silva’s Story

Benedito is one of 18 families based in the project area living off small-scale farming. With his wife and sons, they have 17 cattle, some chickens and a small field of bananas on the other side of the river. Benedito has spent some of his earnings on a boat to enable him to make the four hour trip to the nearest town, Manoel Urbano, to sell their produce. As he continues to invest his time and money on the small farm to provide for his family, his main priority is to ensure he owns the land they are working on every day. The project owners are working with the family to go through the complex legal process to give them title, and offer agricultural training to improve yields and diversify income.

Tropical forests are the most biodiverse habitats on Earth, home to 70% of the Earth's species of plants and animals.

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