Envira Amazonia Tropical Rainforest Conservation Project Receives Gold Distinction for Community Benefits
Founded in 2003, Carbonfund.org Foundation is a leading non-profit carbon offset provider making it easy and affordable for both individuals and organizations to mitigate their climate impacts. One way to offset these emissions is via The Envira Amazonia Project is a payment for ecosystem services forest conservation project, otherwise known as a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project, protecting nearly 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of tropical rainforest.
Envira Amazonia has received Gold distinction for its community benefits. The project is always verified to the highest third- party certification standards on the planet such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) with Gold distinctions. Experts agree we need a major reduction in CO2 over the next fifty years. With this in mind, we need to support the highest quality Envira Amazon Tropical Rainforest protection project which has received gold distinction for its community benefits. These community benefits include land tenure, schools, health clinics, sustainable agriculture programs and jobs such as forest patrols for local people.
The Envira Amazonia Project
The Envira Amazonia Project is a payment for ecosystem services forest conservation project, otherwise known as a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project, protecting nearly 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of tropical rainforest.
The Envira Amazonia Project shall mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefitting local communities.
The ultimate project activities are to undertake a forest carbon inventory, model regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and mitigate deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project. In addition to voluntarily foregoing plans to convert the forests to a large-scale cattle ranch, the landowners will also implement numerous activities to assist local communities and mitigate deforestation pressures such as: offering agricultural extension training courses; beginning patrols of potential deforestation sites in the early stages of the Project; granting land tenure to local communities; and establishing alternative economic activities including commercializing the collection of medicinal plants and açaí.
The Envira Amazonia Project has achieved validation and verification to the VCS and CCBS with Triple Gold Level Distinction for the Project’s exceptional biodiversity and community benefits, along with the Project’s incorporation of climate change mitigation activities. In fact, the Envira Amazonia Project is one of the largest REDD+ projects in the world and one of only a handful of REDD+ projects to be verified to the CCBS with Triple Gold Distinction.