Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Part II 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 (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals under the United Nations and a discussion of how our Projects are contributing to the SDGs #7 through #12 are presented below. Please also see our previous post about how our REDD+ Projects are supporting the first six SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goals #7. Affordable and clean energy: The Purus Project has installed a generator at the Project headquarters and some of the local communities already have solar panels. The Envira Amazonia Project delivered LED bulbs with solar chargers to each of the local communities and in the future, would like to distribute solar energy kits to the local communities.

Sustainable Development Goals #8. Decent work and economic growth: The Projects have hired local project managers and local community members have been hired to assist with biodiversity studies, community studies, the forest carbon inventories, to build the health clinics, and to help visitors as guides and cooks. Several professionals (e.g., biologists, professors, local forestry firms, etc.) have been hired from Rio Branco to assist with the Projects and there have been several international firms hired for additional assistance.

Sustainable Development Goals #9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure: In 2017, the Purus Project partnered with the State of Acre’s Fire Department to remove trees and large branches from the Purus River to improve river transport. The Purus Project also secured a large transport boat to help improve access to the city of Manoel Urbano for the communities’ crops. Furthermore, the partnership with UFAC (particularly with the Departments of Forestry and Agronomy) will promote innovations in sustainable agriculture. The Russas and Valparaiso Projects have also secured a few transport boats for the local communities. In the future, the Russas and Valparaiso Projects will help develop the infrastructure for açaí berries. Similarly, the Envira Amazonia Project landowners would like to provide the infrastructure to recollect rubber, along with for the collection of açaí berries and medicinal plants. The Project has also considered removing trees from the Jurupari River to improve navigation on the river, and the Project has considered improving the small footpath / trail from the communities to the highway.

Sustainable Development Goals #10. Reduced inequalities: The Projects are seeking to reduce inequalities by providing, amongst many things, free agricultural courses, access to an onsite health clinic, and land titles.

Sustainable Development Goals #11. Sustainable cities and communities: The Projects are promoting sustainable communities through providing land titles, agricultural extension courses, and healthcare services. These activities, in conjunction with other activities, will help reduce deforestation and improve the life quality of local communities which in turn, may reduce the pressure to migrate to neighboring cities such as Manoel Urbano and Feijó.

Sustainable Development Goals #12. Responsible consumption and production: As an avoided deforestation project and in conjunction with its local partners, the Projects are promoting responsible production of local crops.