Rio Anapu-Pacaja REDD Project (Brazil)

Project Overview

Type: Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Use
Location: State of Para, micro region of Porte, Brazil
Scope: 165,707 hectares, 938,000 tonnes CO2-e avoided emissions each year
Crediting Period Term: 1st, 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2045
Certification: Verified carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB)

The Rio Anapu-Pacaja REDD project  in Portel, Para is protecting 165,707 hectares in a highly critical region of the Brazilian Amazon. The high levels of land grabbing, land conflict and instability in the region has allowed the project to strongly focus on bringing stability to all the areas that surround the project area by paying for and helping the local residents known as Riverine people to gain land tenure documents and eventually full freehold title deeds. The project also provided cook stoves to 50 families with the goal to help further families as carbon credit sales take place.

The Municipality of the Project Location in the Amazon

The project, as part of the largest land legalization programs for low-income people in Brazil in recent times, provoked squatters and illegal loggers as they saw their operations threatened. They used their mechanisms of influence to infiltrate superficial criticism from charitable organizations and politicians who condone their activities. The project has destabilized the status quo that illegal loggers need to operate, they finance the misery of traditional communities so that they are dependent on their aggressive and harmful activities to the environment.

Thanks to the project, countless riverside people were saved from homicides and land removals orchestrated by illegal loggers. The legal scope that the project has provided to the riverside people has enabled them to stand firm in the face of these criminals.  The project’s performance was essential to end an era of fear and uncertainty for the riverside people, bringing hope to the traditional communities.

Project Benefit- Facts & Numbers

40,154,304 tonnes – of net estimated emission reductions

165,707 hectares– of reduced estimated forest loss 

5,000 hectares – of non-forest land in which improved land management practices are expected to occurred as a result of project activities

193 people– expected to have improved livelihoods or income 

43 children – now have access to or quality of education is expected to improve

93 women’swell-being is expected to improve

5 – expected number of globally Critically Endangered or Endangered species benefiting from reduced threats

“We have lived in this land for generations, we have the documents and the rights, we will not be expelled from our roots.”

——— Local Resident

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