Amazon Rainforest Conservation
Amazon Rainforest Conservation can be achieved in many ways, from supporting sustainable rainforest products like fair trade, shade grown coffee to purchasing verified carbon offsets from forest conservation projects. Such forest conservation, forest carbon offset projects are known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects. Carbonfund.org’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo has developed four REDD+ projects in the Brazilian Amazon. Our projects are called the Envira Amazonia, Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects.
Amazon Rainforest conservation is important for a variety of reasons. First, many indigenous communities and other local communities depend on the Amazon Rainforest as a source of food, fiber, and medicines, along with for spiritual and cultural reasons.
In addition, Amazon Rainforest conservation protects habitat for the greatest diversity of terrestrial biodiversity of Earth. This includes endemic species (i.e., species found no where else on Earth) such as the jaguars, rare and threatened species such as giant anteaters, keystone species (i.e., species on which the ecosystem most depend) such as lowland tapirs, and charismatic species such as pink river dolphins.
Pictures from Carbonfund.org’s Amazon Rainforest Conservation Projects
Amazon Rainforest conservation also conserves a wide-range of essential ecosystem services. Such essential ecosystem services provided by tropical rainforests include erosion and flood control, which helps preserve top soil. Furthermore, water cycling, filtration and storage are promoted by tropical rainforests. The Amazon Rainforest produces a significant oxygen and is often referred to as the “Lungs of the Earth.”
To learn more, please visit Carbonfund.org’s forestry project page. In addition, Carbonfund.org’s Brian McFarland wrote a comprehensive book, with includes several case studies on Amazon Rainforest conservation, entitled Conservation of Tropical Rainforests: A Review of Financial and Strategic Solutions.