Ecomapuá REDD in Brazil

Standard: VCS      Technology: REDD      Location: Brazil

The Ecomapuá REDD project preserves around 90,000 hectares of the Amazon rainforest on Marajó Island, at the mouth of the Amazon River. By making it more economically advantageous to protect the area, rather than open it up to logging – a major cause of deforestation in the region – logging activities have now ceased. In addition to conserving the rich biodiversity of the Amazon, the project aims to promote alternative sources of income for local communities. For example, people can gain access to finance and training to cultivate acai berries in a sustainable way. The project will reduce an estimated 1.5m tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2032.

Delivering against the Global Goals

Supporting the sustainable production of acai berries helps to improve food security for the local community and creates a viable alternative to felling trees.

50 permanent jobs have been created and a further 150 are expected over the coming years. Local sustainable farming businesses can gain support to develop and scale up.

The project will cut an estimated 1.5m tonnes of CO2 by 2032.

Protecting monkeys, savannah foxes, jaguars, marmosets, pumas and many species of bat is helping to conserve local wildlife. 1,200 ha of land has been planted, including on degraded land, aiding reforestation.