Breves, Ilha do Marajó / PA, Brazil
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When carbon offsets have everything to do with the Amazon Forest conservation


Located inside Island of Marajó, in one of the regions with the highest social vulnerability and a very low Human Development Index in Brazil, the Marajó Amazon REDD project actively contributes to the reduction of deforestation, generation of alternative income for local communities and with the sustainable development of the region. In just the first decade of the project, the region had 60% less forest loss than the surrounding area.

June 2020 Update

In June 2020, the 2nd verification of the Marajó Amazon REDD Project was completed. This means that the project meets all the requirements of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and can generate carbon credits until 2022 at least.

SDGs met by Marajó Project:



Social and environmental benefits: the Marajó Amazon REDD Project differential

The Marajó Amazon REDD Project has already prevented the deforestation of 3,513 hectares of land, that is, about 37,940,400 m2 of area and, therefore, we have stopped emitting 1,623,272 tCO2e to the atmosphere.

The project provides support to approximately 450 local families and is evaluated according to the social-environmental aspects by the Social Carbon certification standard. Through this methodology, we prove the social-environmental evolution in the following criteria:

  • Frequent consultations with the communities, co-operatives and other stakeholders at the local level, which provide synergistic communication between the technical team and the people impacted by the project.
  • The project also strengthens income-generating alternatives for local communities, such as Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs).
  • Marajó Amazon REDD Project has also enabled the creation of the COAMA co-operative composed of more than 30 families from local communities. This co-op is in charge of trading the production of the small açaí producers of the communities from Island of Marajó.
  • Today, the local community conducts a biannual certification of the açaí and organizes the production thanks to the project.
  • Marajó has also made it possible to build a tree nursery for the production of native seedlings with economic value.
  • The community also has the opportunity to participate in courses such as sustainable agriculture and fishing, organic production and açaí certification, organic practices, sustainability, health and safety in the production process, fire control training, beekeeping, among others.
  • The project also allocates monthly donations essential for the operation of the single school in the region, called Casa da Família Rural (CFR).
  • Marajó also funds scholarships for community members (undergraduate courses).

The graph below shows the evolution of almost 30% of the social-enviromental indicators that have been monitored, reaching an average score of 3.7 out of 6.





Project Description

Located a 30 hour boat ride away from the capital Belém in the Northern Brazilian state of Pará, the project Ecomapuá preserves nearly 90,000 hectares of the Amazon biome on Marajó Island, at the downstream of the Amazon River.As a result of the project, commercial wood extraction – which has been a major cause of deforestation in the region – was banned in the project area.In addition to conserving the rich biodiversity of the Amazon, the project aims to promote alternative sources of income for local communities and thus contribute to the sustainable development of the region.

Project Information

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PIN 2018
PIN 2021

Where does your money go?

When buying carbon credits of this project you are supporting , sponsoring , financing and making possible the reduction of greenhouse gases and various initiatives in the social scope , environmental and economic as the following:

Social benefits

  • Infrastructure: Construction of a school building, aviaries, apiaries and fish farming tanks in the local communities.
  • Social Research: Conduction of a study in partnership with local universities to understand the social reality of residents in the riverside communities of the project area.

Environmental benefits

  • Conservation of about 90,000 ha of the Amazon biome.
  • Sustainable forest management: training courses in seed production and sustainable açaí (local endemic fruit) growing to the members of the local communities.
  • Construction of a nursery to recover degraded land and to enable community members to collect seeds for sale.

Economic benefits

  • Income generation: provision of courses to promote alternative income generation in the local communities.
  • Regional development: Through this REDD project, investment into the region has been stimulated, which supports its economic development.
Amount of CO2e 1.623.272
Number of Beneficiaries 2.400
Forest Hectares Protected 97.007,22