The world’s rainforests are being destroyed at an increasingly rapid rate. To put it into context, an area the size of a football pitch disappears every second - that’s over 58 million square miles of forest lost every year.
Deforestation is the number one cause of species extinction globally, and the second leading cause of harmful Carbon Dioxide emissions. And if it continues at its current rate, the earth’s forests could vanish completely within the next 100 years. This carbon offset project is helping to reduce deforestation in the Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil; helping communities protect their forests.
The project is working to provide legal land-use permits that will result in official land titles for those villages that actively participate in forest protection. Through funds raised, the project can continue to improve food security through agroforestry techniques, while introducing sustainable livelihood alternatives to local communities. With over 56,000 hectares of land dedicated to these inhabitants, it’s expected that each family will receive approximately 140 hectares, and each town will have its own land donated to it.
Supporting economic development
The project is helping local families to develop and submit business plans (individually or in groups) to apply for funding to start small sustainable businesses – those that take advantage of non-timber products in the project area, such as the highly valuable Acai fruit.
The project is also helping build capabilities in the use of agroforestry techniques, to diversify and secure food consumption.