Açaí, more than just a superfood for the Amazonians

It is a special and unique ecosystem, the "Várzea" in Pará on the Brazilian Amazon estuary. The island of Marajó is crossed by waterways, for centuries the landscape has been shaped by small farmers. As a transport artery, the Amazon favours agriculture and livestock breeding - which in turn results in more and more deforested areas.

On more than 97,000 hectares, the project protects the forest and prohibits commercial deforestation. It creates alternative sources of income for residential families, for example by trading the açaí fruit. This berry is not only popular in Brazil, but is also increasingly demanded as superfood in industrialized countries. Because the project promotes development in one of the poorest regions in northeastern Brazil, it is certified with the Verified Carbon Standard and the Social Carbon Standard.

How does forest protection help fight global warming?

Forests are not only among the planet's most important carbon reservoirs. They also are home to an enormous diversity of species and are the livelihood for all people. However, global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlement, agricultural use, illegal logging and mining.

Forest protection projects ensure that forests are preserved in the long term and that the protection of forests is given a higher value than their deforestation. Together with the local population, project participants protect the area from negative influences. To allow for this the projects create alternative sources of income and educational opportunities. Depending on the project region, forests store varying amounts of carbon per hectare. Particularly high amounts of carbon are stored in the vegetation and soil of tropical swamp forests, primary rainforests, or mangroves. Forest protection projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No PovertyImproved livelihoods and income generation for 800 families in one of Brazil's poorest areas.
Quality EducationSponsorship for a school (meals, teacher salaries, infrastructure); fire brigade training for local families.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthJobs for >50 members of the COAMA cooperative for the sustainable cultivation and sale of açaí.
Responsible Consumption and ProductionProduction of organic açaí and other sustainable agroforestry products instead of deforestation.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 72,330 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandProtecting a highly endangered ecosystem including endemic plant species; plan for afforestation with native species on 2,000 hectares.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)Social Carbon (SC)TechnologyForest protectionRegionPará, BrazilEstimated annual emission reductions72,338 t CO2Verified byRINA Services S.p.A. (RINA)Validated byTÜV Rheinland do Brasil Ltda