Madre de Dios, Peru –
PRESERVING THE LOCAL RAINFOREST

PROTECTION FOR AN ENDANGERED PIECE OF THE AMAZON FROM ROAD BUILDING AND depletion

The Madre de Dios region is part of the Vilcabamba-Amboró corridor. This is one of the areas with the highest biological diversity in the world.

PROJECT FACTS

This is the map of South America with Peru.

LOCATION:
Madre de Dios, Peru

PROJECT START:
2009

PROJECT DEVELOPER:
Maderera Río Acre S.A.C. (Maderacre), Maderera Río Yaverija S.A.C. (Maderyja), Greenoxx NGO

EXTERNAL VERIFIER:
SCS Global Services (SCS)
Rainforest Alliance, Inc. (Rainforest Alliance)

QUALITY STANDARDS:
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), CCBS Gold Level 

SIZE OF THE PROTECTED FOREST AREA:
approx. 100.000 hectars

ANNUAL CO2-REDUCTION:
approx. 660.000 t CO2

PROTECTD ANIMAL & PLANT SPECIES: :
Jaguar, puma, howler monkey, macaw or the boa,
mahogany tree

PROJECT DOCUMENTATION:
https://registry.verra.org/app/projectDetail/VCS/844

The forest protection project in Madre de Dios protects rare animal species.The forest protection project in Madre de Dios protects the rainforest.The forest protection project in Madre de Dios protects rare animal species such as crocodiles.

ProjeCt BENEFITS

  • Fighting hunger: sustainable cultivation of cocoa and other agroforestry products
  • Promotion of environmental awareness and education among the local population
  • Gender equality: Supporting a handicraft project by women of the Yine tribe
  • Creation of 450 jobs as sustainable alternatives to deforestation
  • Support in the medical, IT and mobility sectors, emergency aid in the event of floods
  • Supporting the indigenous Yine and other disadvantaged communities
  • Protection of nature through an ecotourism project
  • Saving approx. 660,000 tons of carbon emissions per year
  • Protection of biodiversity in an endangered part of the Amazon rainforest
  • Protection of endangered animal and plant species such as jaguar, puma, howler monkey, boa and mahogany tree
The forest protection project in Madre de Dios protects the local population.The forest protection project in Madre de Dios protects the local population and their accommodation.The forest protection project in Madre de Dios protects the local population and their culture.

Project background

The Madre de Dios region is part of the Vilcabamba-Amboró Corridor, one of the areas with the highest biodiversity in the world. In addition to threatened species such as the mahogany tree, jaguar, puma, howler monkey, macaw or the boa, several indigenous peoples also live here. However, their valuable habitat is threatened by the Transamazônica road construction project across Brazil and Peru. This favors immigration to the ecologically sensitive area and related developments such as agriculture and animal husbandry.

This leads to massive clearing of the forest, as can be seen on the finished section of the road in Brazil. Numerous resistances, e.g. from environmental and indigenous groups, have so far prevented the completion of the Peruvian section.

Since 2009, our climate action project has been protecting an area of around 100,000 hectares and helping local communities to manage it sustainably.

How does climate action work with forest protection?

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 Madre de Dios 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.

Every contribution counts!

Protecting the rainforest from
deforestation and road construction


Promoting environmental awareness and
education among the local population


Protection of biodiversity in a
severely threatened part
of the Amazon rainforest






Protection of the mahogany tree






Support for the indigenous Yine and other disadvantaged communities






Set up of an ecotourism project

Contritubion to the UN sustainability goals

These are the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations from 2015.

Project Quality standards

This is the Verra Verified Carbon Standard logo.

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.

This is the logo of the Verra Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards.

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.