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REDD + means Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and also includes the conservation and increase of forest carbon stocks and the sustainable management of forests (REDD +). In other words, the mechanism is based on the reduction of deforestation, conservation of native forest, appropriate use of land and forests, in addition to an increase in carbon stocks. As we all know, forests play an essential role in regulating the climate, conserving biodiversity and protecting river basins. With the REDD + mechanism, owners are encouraged to keep their native forests standing by selling the generated carbon credits.
The implementation of a REDD + project begins with a study to assess the risk of deforestation in the region and the size of the forest area that will be conserved. After the study, the project must foresee the strategies to be adopted for the area that will be effectively conserved: increased inspection, sustainable management, activities with social and environmental benefits for the region, income generation alternatives for the population that lived on activities from the deforestation, restoration of degraded areas, etc. The project is then implemented and followed up with periodic monitoring and evaluations, capable of measuring the amount of CO2 avoided and also the success of the implemented actions. Each ton of avoided carbon is equivalent to 1 carbon credit, which is verified according to international standards and made available on registration platforms. The purchase of credits generates financial conversion for the project and has direct beneficial consequences for the communities surrounding the forests.
Investment in environmental issues is no longer just a marketing issue for companies. Now, the financial valuation as well as the engagement of employees and end customers depend on how the organizations position themselves and act for a more sustainable world. Investing in REDD + is an innovative solution and one of the most suitable strategies to include and improve the company's performance in ESG practices (Environmental, Social, Governance). The company also starts to actively contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, learn how by clicking here. Offset your emissions, and in addition to contributing to the fight against climate change, support the conservation of the Amazon and several social, environmental and economic programs in this biome.
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The Madre de Dios Amazon REDD Project consists of 100.000 hectares of rainforest, located in the Peruvian Amazon, only 400 km from the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”. The area is located less than 30 km to the side of the new inter-oceanic road that has recently united Brazil with the Peruvian ports. The project is within the region that belongs to the Ecological Corridor called Vilcabamba-Amboró, one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots.
Located a 30-hour boat ride away from the capital Belém, in the Northern Brazilian state of Pará, the Ecomapuá project 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.
The Santa Maria forestry project covers an area of about 70,000 hectares of Amazonian forest. A sustainable management system guarantees a non-predatory and low impact extraction of wood (FSC certified), enabling the existence of economic activities without jeopardizing the forest, and thus allowing harmony between economy and conservation.The monitoring is done by satellite and there are 8 surveillance bases surrounding the project area.The project also employed local community for its rigorous monitoring and also to perform the sustainable harvesting. A total of 50 direct and 200 indirect jobs have been created. Santa Maria welcomes scientific biodiversity research, including a recent study on panthers.