REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, with the “+” in REDD+ indicating the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and/or the enhancement of forest carbon stocks (i.e., such as afforestation and reforestation). Foundation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo, has developed four REDD+ projects in the State of Acre, Brazil which is the farthest Western state in Brazil and it shares a border with Bolivia and Peru. These REDD+ projects are avoiding deforestation as a result of ongoing slash-and-burn agriculture. Our four REDD+ projects are named the Russas, Valparaiso, Purus and Envira Amazonia Projects and each have undergone independent validation and verification audits to two of the leading certification standards known as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standard (CCBS). Collectively, our projects are conserving approximately 300,000 hectares (750,000 acres) of lowland tropical rainforest, reducing more than 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (mtCO2e), and benefitting 2,000+ community members.

This said, our REDD+ projects are providing a wide range of community and biodiversity benefits. In addition to preserving habitat for a tremendous amount of terrestrial biodiversity, our REDD+ projects have undertaken several biodiversity studies. This includes using motion sensitive wildlife cameras to identify medium-to-large mammals throughout the Russas, Valparaiso and Purus Projects, to identifying rare and endangered trees and birds at our Envira Amazonia Project. Community benefits at our projects include, but are not limited to: building health clinics, distributing medicine, and facilitating visits by doctors, dentists, and nurses; providing sustainable agricultural trainings with local agronomists, including a partnership with the Federal University of Acre; building community bathrooms and teaching proper handwashing techniques; and granting titles to local communities to help strengthen their land tenure rights.

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