Russas and Valparaiso REDD+ Projects, Brazil
- 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.
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard