States of Acre and Amazonas, Brazil
The primary objective of the Agrocortex REDD Project is to avoid the unplanned deforestation (AUD) of the 186,219 ha project area, consisting of 100% Amazon rainforest. Over the next 30 years, this project will help reduce over 14 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere! Furthermore, the project has been lauded for its protection of the Amazon’s rich biodiversity. The project region has one of the highest species richness of birds in the world, lying inside a worldwide birdlife endemic area. Fauna surveys conducted on the Project area indicated the presence of 345 species of birds (which represents 18% of total species cataloged in Brazil).
Now, more than ever, we need to support projects that help protect and restore the Amazon rainforest. This project not only helps protect and restore nearly 200,000 hectares of pristine rainforest, it also helps local communities develop new economic opportunities to lift them from poverty. The region is also one of the least scientifically known areas of Brazil and therefore considered a priority area for wildlife inventories. This is demonstrated by the fact that among the last 15 bird species described for the Brazilian Amazon, 8 are within the project region.
Offsetra is also very interested in the SOCIALCARBON® Standard being applied to assess and monitor the projects contribution to sustainability using six key indicators: Biodiversity; Nature; Financial; Human; Social and Carbon Resources. Thus, the project has an additional strong social component by aiming to promote alternative sources of income for local communities and thus contribute to the sustainable development of the region. This includes incentives for establishment of cooperatives for trading non-timber forest products, creating alternative income sources for local communities.
This project was developed by Agrocortex Madeiras do Acre Agroflorestal Ltda and verified utilizing the VM0015 Methodology for Avoided Unplanned Deforestation, v1.1. Verification and validation was carried out by RINA Services S.p.A using the VCS Standard, v3.7.
Agrocortex is a sustainable development company engaged in conserving the environment through sustainable forest and products/by-products and non-timber forest products (NTFP) management, generating greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reductions, and NTFPs. Agrocortex started sustainable forest management operations in June/2014.
2019-30-08 - Project added to the Offsetra lineup!