The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects involve numerous local and international partners that will collectively protect more than 250,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest – from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 15-20 percent of climate change 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, and October 2016. The Purus Project is now being reviewed for its fifth verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Project’s performance from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. The Public Comment Period for the Purus Project runs from June 16 to July 15, 2017.
The Russas and Valparaiso Projects were successfully validated to the VCS and CCBS with Gold Distinction in March and July 2014 and were then successfully verified in December 2014. Both Projects are now being reviewed for verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Projects’ performance from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016. The Public Comment Periods for the Russas and Valparaiso Projects run from June 6 to July 6, 2017.
The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects are Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects that mitigate deforestation, preserve extraordinary biodiversity, and provide 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: agricultural extension training, forest patrols of potential deforestation sites, improving local schools and building health clinics, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods.
The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects 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.