Purus Project in Brazil Submitted for CCBS Public Comment Period
Monday, 25 June 2018
The Purus Project involves numerous local and international partners that will protect more than 80,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest – from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent nearly one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 15-20 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, which reduces the Earth’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Moreover, fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2.
The Purus Project was successfully validated to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction in January 2013 and was then successfully verified in December 2013, October 2014, November 2015, October 2016, and December 2017. The Purus Project is now being reviewed for its sixth verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Project’s performance from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The Public Comment Period for the Purus Project runs from June 21 to July 21, 2018.
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The Purus Project is a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) project that mitigates deforestation, preserves extraordinary biodiversity, and provides alternative economic opportunities to local communities. Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures and benefit the local communities include, but are not limited to: providing free agricultural extension training in conjunction with faculty from the Federal University of Acre; removing large trees from the Purus River to improve navigation and providing a large transportation boat to communities; improving local schools; building a health clinic and facilitating both doctor and dentist visits; and granting land titles to communities to strengthen their land tenure.
The Purus Project will also provide a variety of essential ecosystem services such as: erosion and flood control; water cycling, filtration and storage; oxygen production and nutrient recycling; genetic repository for medicinal plants; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian animal (including scarlet macaws and Amazon River dolphins) and plant species.
Thank you for your ongoing support!