Florestal REDD in Brazil

Standard: VCS      Technology: REDD      Location: Brazil

The Florestal Santa Maria REDD project is helping to prevent deforestation in Mato Grosso, Brazil by making it more profitable for local communities to earn a living from sustainable forestry management than indiscriminate logging and land clearing. The project is approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and seeks to protect 71,714 hectares of native tropical Amazon rainforest, home to more than 1,200 species of flora and fauna. It also creates well paid jobs in sustainable timber production, trains firefighters to protect the area, and enables students to learn valuable forestry management skills. The project stands to save approximately 1m tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Delivering against the Global Goals

The project is building capacity to improve health provision within the local communities.

The project operators are developing a technical school to provide opportunities for 30 new high school graduates to learn about sustainable forestry practices each year.

The project has created 330 jobs, helping local people to improve their livelihoods.

Saves nearly 1m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Protects the forest and reduces riverbank erosion along the nearby Aripuanã River.

Monitors any deforestation through satellite-based surveillance; continuous patrols and checkpoints help to deter illegal logging and land clearing.