Forest protection with sustainable Brazil nut cultivation

The project in Tambopata, in the south-eastern part of the Peruvian region Madre de Dios, is dedicated to conserving the Amazon rainforest. Through a variety of project activities, it supports Brazil nut farmers in protecting the forest and promoting the Brazil nut harvest as a source of income. Examples of project activities are the geographical marking of the project area sections, trainings on Brazil nut harvesting or the provision of tools.

Prior to the start of the forest protection project in 2009, several factors led to increasing deforestation. Among others, the construction of the Interoceanic Highway (IOH) was a crucial factor. With the resulting resettlement of people and better access, there was a demonstrable risk that rainforest would be increasingly cut down.

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.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No PovertyLong-term income for small scale farmers.
Zero HungerTraining to increase crop yields and environmentally friendly cultivation methods.
Quality EducationTrainings on sustainable production for local farmers.
Gender Equality29 percent of the project target group are women, including many single mothers.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthNew jobs in forest monitoring, farming and sales.
Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSurveillance for forest protection.
Responsible Consumption and ProductionSustainable cultivation of Brazil nuts instead of deforestation of the rainforest.
Climate ActionFor each ton of CO2 compensated, the project preserves an average of 2,000 square metres of Amazon rainforest.
Life on LandProtecting about 100 bird species, 50 mammal species, 30 fish, reptile and amphibian species each, 200 tree and 1,500 other plant species.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)CCBS Gold Level validated TechnologyForest protectionRegionTambopata, PeruEstimated annual emission reductions1,500,000 t CO2Validated bySCS Global Services (SCS)Verified bySCS Global Services (SCS)