Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Part I Foundation’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo is developing four Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects in the Brazilian Amazon, which are contributing to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals under the United Nations and a discussion of how our Projects are contributing to the first six SDGs are presented here:

SDGs #1. No poverty: Our Projects are working to increase the communities’ access to basic necessities and alleviate poverty.

SDGs #2. Zero hunger: Our Projects are working to help improve the communities’ agricultural techniques, while both increasing and diversifying incomes. For instance, this includes a pilot cacao project with the Federal University of Acre (UFAC) at our Purus Project.

SDGs #3. Good health and well-being: The Projects have built several onsite health clinics with frequent nurse, doctor and dentist visits, including the distribution of free medicine. Dental kits and mosquito nets have also been distributed.

SDGs #4. Quality education: The Projects have donated supplies to a local school, helped acquire a school bus boat, and either built and renovated local schools. In addition, the headquarters at the Envira Amazonia Project provides a bigger and newer facility for Project EJA (The Territorial Agenda for Integrated Development of Literacy for Youth and Adult Education). More specifically, teachers are hosted at the headquarters and they provide adult education to approximately 9 local community members.

SDGs #5. Gender equality: The Projects are working to include more women in the project activities. One of the original project managers was Maria Souza de Moura (Socorro). In addition, a female nurse was hired to visit the Purus Project and UFAC’s focus on health will primarily help women and children.

SDGs #6. Clean water and sanitation: The Purus Project installed a potable water system at the headquarters that is shared with local communities and passersby. More than 22 community toilets were built throughout the Russas and Valparaiso Projects to, in part, promote clean water and sanitation. The Envira Amazonia Project has installed 12 community toilets throughout the Project Area, which will improve the local water quality.