This project focusses on the protection of accessible and inaccessible forest areas. This will allow for the forest to re-grow. Surveillance teams keep the area under rigorous monitoring to prevent illegal logging and squatters from claiming lands. To achieve permanent surveillance, the project employs local village members who live within the project region. To qualify them, they receive special training in forest management and monitoring. Regular reports will locate existing agricultural areas so as to identify areas that may have been newly deforested. Another aspect of this project is the distribution of improved cook stoves that replace inefficient traditional open fires to reduce fire wood consumption.

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Key Facts

Bundesstaat Para, Brasilien
Project type:
Project standard:
Verified Carbon Standard & CCBS
Project start date:
Januar 2008


Total emission reductions:
553,000 t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Good health and well-being: As part of the project, cookstoves are distributed to local village areas. Whilst this is to reduce fuel usage, the efficient stoves also greatly reduce indoor air pollution occuring during cooking. It is estimated that traditional methods cause women to inhale the equivalent of two cigarette packs every day. The new stoves will greatly reduce this.

Clean water and sanitation: Intensive agricultural use and cattle farming leach soils. Monitoring and limiting the amount of cattle farming takes pressure off regional watercourses and groundwater, since forests fulfill an important role in their regulation.

Decent work and economic growth: The project directly employs locals and trains them in sustainable forest management. This creates new income opportunities in poor areas. Furthermore, part of the carbon funds are used to encourage and support business model start-ups in the villages.

Responsible consumption and production: Locals are not only taught forest management, but also agroforestry. This encourages them to grow their own resources sustainably rather than sourcing them directly from the forest.

Life on land: The protection of about 200,000ha of land will maintain a large carbon sink for sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere. Habitats will also be protected meaning that endangered animals find a safe refuge.

Peace, justice and strong institutions: Due to weak law enforcement but clear laws on squatter‘s rights, the project is unable to completely stop squatters. Therefore, the project will identify, approach, and invite squatters to participate in the activities of the project. This colaboration keeps peace whilst also protecting land areas.