The Purus Project involves numerous local and international partners that are protecting 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.
The Purus Project was successfully validated to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and to the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) with Gold Level Distinction for exceptional biodiversity benefits in January 2013 and was then successfully verified in December 2013, October 2014, November 2015, October 2016, December 2017, and December 2018. The Purus Project is now being reviewed for its seventh verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Project’s performance from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The Public Comment Period for the Purus Project runs from June 22 to July 22, 2021.
To review the complete Project Documents and to submit any comments, please click here to find out more.
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; improving local schools; building a community 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 and plant species.
Thank you for your ongoing support!