Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Part III 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 SDGs #13 through #17 are presented below. Please also read about how our Projects are supporting SDGs #1 through #6 as well as SDGs #7 through #12.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #13. Climate action: One of the main goals of our REDD+ Projects is to reduce deforestation and the associated greenhouse (GHG) emissions. Over the first 10 years of the Projects’ lifetime, it is estimated that approximately 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (mtCO2e) will be reduced.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #14. Life below water: There is a relatively sustainable fishery near the Purus Project due to low population density. In 2017, the Purus Project installed large trash cans throughout the Project Area to promote proper garbage disposal, which shall contribute to a cleaner river. At the Envira Amazonia Project and along the Jurupari River, due to the low water level in the dry season, there is not much fish. This said, the communities already have extensive knowledge on how to practice local, sustainable fishing during the best periods of fishing. In addition, the installation of bathrooms will certainly improve the local water quality and the reduction in deforestation will reduce the siltation of the Jurupari River. At the Russas and Valparaiso Projects, the Projects are promoting sustainable fishing by monitoring for outside, commercial fishermen.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #15. Life on land: One of the main goals of the Project is to reduce deforestation and to conserve the rich biodiversity of the surrounding forests. Over the Projects’ initial 10 years, approximately 300,000 hectares (i.e., approximately 750,000 acres) of tropical forests will have been conserved relative to the non-projects’ scenarios. This is equivalent to 25 times the size of San Francisco or approximately 2.5 times the size of New York City.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #16. Peace, justice and strong institutions: The Projects promote peace, justice and strong institutions through the prohibition of illegal activities such as child exploitation, bribery, and corruption. In addition, the Projects work with a wide-range of stakeholders and institutions.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #17. Partnerships for the goals: The Purus, Russas-Valparaiso, and Envira Amazonia Projects are the result of strong international and domestic partnerships.