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Envira Amazonia Project – VERRA REDD

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The Envira Amazonia Project is a VCS and CCBS designed REDD+ project in the State of Acre, Brazil which aims to protect up to 200,000 hectares of tropical rainforest. Furthermore, the Envira Amazonia Project will simultaneously preserve rich biodiversity and a wide range of ecosystem services, provide direct benefits to local communities, and mitigate the release of ~12.6 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the first 10 years of the Project.

The Envira Amazonia Project seeks to help protect and conserve tropical forests by providing payments for ecosystem services. This type of project is known as a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation project (REDD project). This project is being developed and registered under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS).

Project development involved engaging a large landowner willing to forgo conversion of forest land to a ranching operation, working with the local communities surrounding the project area, engaging Acre state officials working on reducing deforestation pressures on the regional/state level, and putting into operation the REDD project implementation plan with the help of local partners.

The Envira Amazonia REDD APD Project will generate GHG emission reductions by foregoing forest conversion to grassland in favor of conservation of the tropical forest (i.e., maintaining existing carbon stocks). The project will also mitigate deforestation pressures in the wider region using a combination of environmental programs and social programs intended to improve the livelihoods of community members living in the vicinity of the project area. Social projects and programs for the local communities will not only generate sustainable economic opportunities but will also result in a reduction in deforestation in the region and the preservation of biodiversity.

Key Metrics

Carbon Emissions Avoided: 12.6M t CO2e

Project Scope 14: Agriculture, Forest and other Land Use (AFOLU)

Project Category: Reduction Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)

Type of Activity: Avoided Planned Deforestation (APD)

This project is being registered under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) as a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) project and has been developed in compliance with the Verified Carbon Standard

VERRA Certified: Project 1382