Forest Protection in Portel, Brazil -
land for small farmers
instead of soy plantations
CONSERVATION OF THE RAINFOREST FOR ENDANGERED ANIMAL SPECIES AND THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AMAZOn
Forests are important in the fight against global climate change. The forest protection project in Portel is based on the idea of preserving the rainforest and of giving the "Ribeirinhos", the inhabitants of the Amazon region, official land rights. Because of the project activity, the area is no longer considered unused and farms can no longer legally occupy and clear it.
RMDLT Property Group Ltd. / www.rosewoodconservation.org
Det Norske Veritas Climate Change Services AS (DNV)
EPIC Sustainability Services Private Limited
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), CCBS Gold Level
SIZE OF THE PROTECTED FOREST AREA:
approx. 550.000 t CO2
PROTECTD ANIMAL SPECIES:
Capuchin monkey, blackbeard saki, oncilla (small leopard), giant otter
The forest protection project in Portel helps protect the world's most important carbon reservoir from deforestation.
- Less poverty: better living conditions in one of the poorest regions in Brazil
- No hunger: honey farms as an alternative source of income
- Income opportunities for the Amazon residents e.g. through the cultivation of pepper
- Training of forest rangers
- Long-term secured and officially confirmed land rights for residents
- More security through forest protection patrols
- Preservation of the habitat of threatened animal species, i.e. capuchin monkey, blackbeard saki, giant otter
Contribution to the un Sustainability Goals
The project land in the Amazon region in Portel is perfectly suited for soy plantations. It's flat and easily accessible, there are several harbors nearby, the soil is fertile. Brazilian land law allows unused land to be appropriated, cut down and cultivated. Nature conservation projects are also considered unused land. It is more than surprising that under such circumstances rainforest is still preserved and is home to dying animal species such as capuchin monkeys or blackbeard sakis.
The basic idea of this project is to continue to preserve the rainforest and to officially procure the appropriate land rights for the Amazona residents. Since the start of the project, the area has not been considered unused and farms can no longer legally occupy and clear it. At the same time, it ensures the livelihood of the local residents, who are among the poorest in Brazil. Otherwise around 3,000 hectares would be cut down every year and replaced by soy or other farms.
How does climate action with forest protection work?
Forests are among the most important carbon sinks on the planet, are home to an enormous variety of species and are the basis of life for many people. However, the global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlement, agricultural use, illegal deforestation and increased resource extraction.
Forest protection projects like the one in Portel ensure that forests are preserved in the long term and that the protection of the forest is more valuable than its deforestation. In addition, forest protection projects create alternative sources of income and educational opportunities.
Depending on the project region, forests store different amounts of carbon per hectare. A particularly large amount of carbon is stored in the vegetation and soil of tropical swamp forests, primary rainforests and mangroves.
Project Quality standards
VCS – Verified Carbon Standard
The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is the leading global standard for the certification of emission reductions from forest protection projects. These emission reductions must be real, measurable, permanent, additional, checked by independent third parties and calculated conservatively.
Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards
The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) examine the effects of climate protection projects on the climate, biodiversity and human rights. The CCBS do not have their own methodology for calculating emission reductions, as they are only used in combination with the VCS.