Meet the first SOCIALCARBON Standard and VCS REDD project

20 August 2014

Brazil has more than 470 million hectares of forest, covering 60.14% of the whole territory and putting the country in second place among the nations with the largest area of forest in the world. However, Brazil was also previously the country with the highest levels of forest loss, having 3.090.000 ha deforested between 2000 and 2005. The expansion of agriculture and livestock has had great contribution to this high rate of deforestation, which is concentrated in the northern part of the country, where Amazon is located.

The Ecomapuá Amazon REDD Project is located in the western part of the Marajó Island, in the State of Pará, Brazil. Marajó is the country’s richest region in terms of waterways, and has a long history of colonization by subsistence farmers. The area has an extremely valuable ecosystem for many species, especially birds.

The project was conceived by the companies Bio Assets Assets Ativos Ambientais and Ecompuá Conservação Ltda still in 2002 and has now been approved in accordance with the SOCIALCARBON Standard and VCS, according to RINA’s independent audit. The role for developing the two certification standards project’s documents was designated to the Brazilian consultancy Sustainable Carbon – Projetos Ambientais Ltda.

The project’s main goal is to avoid unplanned deforestation of an area of 86.269,84 ha. During VCS’s monitoring period, which accounts carbon emissions, the project avoided around 3.350 ha of deforestation, resulting in 1.572.478 tCOe in emissions reduction during the monitoring period from January 2003 to December 2012.

Read the press release from SOCIAL CARBON