Acre, Brazil REDD+ Forestry Projects

Location: Acre, Brazil
Project type: Forest Conservation and Avoided Deforestation
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance Standard Gold Level
Verification/Validation: Scientific Certification Systems   

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Mitigate climate change
  • Conserve habitat for endangered and threatened species
  • Improve local water quality
  • Retain top soil and control erosion

Community Benefits

  • Establish alternative sources of income and employment opportunities
  • Social projects and programs such as building a new school and health clinic

Project Description

The Acre, Brazil REDD+ Forestry Projects (Russas, Valparaiso and Purus) seek to help protect and conserve tropical forests by providing payments for ecosystem services.  This type of project is known as a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation project (REDD project).  Project activities intended to reduce deforestation are implemented in and around privately-owned properties in the State of Acre, Brazil and are funded by payments related to emission reduction credits generated by the projects. Project development involved meeting with the local communities surrounding the project area, engaging Acre state officials working on similar strategies at a regional/state level, developing a plan which will result in lowering the pressure on land and forest resources in consultation with the local community, and putting into operation the REDD project implementation plan. 

In addition to providing a wide-range of ecosystem services such as preserving wildlife habitat, there are numerous social projects and activities designed that include providing local communities with agricultural extension training, building a local health clinic, improving the local school, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods.