Russas and Valparaiso REDD+ Projects, Brazil

Project Summary:


  • The Russas and Valparaiso REDD projects protect nearly 70,000 hectares (170,000+ acres) of pristine Amazon rainforest in the western state of Acre in Brazil.
  • Recent paving of highway BR-364 and new secondary roads has brought pressures to deforest land for expansion of cattle ranching (the largest driver of deforestation in Acre).
  • The projects aim to reduce deforestation by working with communities to improve agricultural practices, increase forest monitoring, and provide incentives for conservation.





  • Fifty-five small communities that live in the areas surrounding the projects will receive assistance in formalizing land titles.
  • These communities will also receive agricultural training to improve productivity and incomes on their farms without the need to deforest.
  • The projects protect tropical rainforest that serves as habitat for an astonishing array of species of plants and animals including howler monkeys, freshwater dolphins, and scarlet macaws.


Project Standards:


Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard


Fact Sheet_Russas Valparaiso



5901 N. Sheridan Road

Peoria, Illinois 61614


707 E Jefferson Street

Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

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