Project details
1023 · Forest protection
  • Santa Maria, Brazil
Preserving 71,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest

The Santa Maria project protects over 71,000 hectares of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest from deforestation and slash-and-burn. The Colniza region has the second highest deforestation rate in the Amazon. In the eighties, so-called "Grileiros" occupied the country and enriched themselves with tropical wood. Mining as the development engine of the region became unprofitable in the 1990s. Colniza was turned into a ghost town, with a high crime rate and wood being one of the few sources of income.

The climate project has created alternative and long-term jobs. The area is continuously monitored on the basis of a management plan. Sustainable forest management ensures that sufficient biomass grows back and that the forest can regenerate. The major part of the project forest area is FSC-certified.

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)
Quality EducationSupport of a local school; conduct of a study on biodiversity
Gender EqualityWomen who are employed directly by the project all have salaries equal to the man employed in the same category. Additionally, separate accommodations, bathrooms, and additional support is provided to the partners of the employees.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthAlternative jobs to illegal logging: sustainable forestry and monitoring of the conservation area
Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSecure job opportunities, improved education and infrastructure help reduce local crime rates.
Responsible Consumption and ProductionSustainable forestry according to FSC guidelines instead of uncontrolled deforestation
Climate ActionThe project saves about 997,440 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Life on LandThe Amazon rainforest is home to a globally unique and endangered biodiversity; a partial area was reforested with 8,500 trees of 30 different native species
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)TechnologyForest protectionRegionSanta Maria, BrazilEstimated annual emission reductions997,444 t CO2Verified byRINA Services S.p.A. (RINA)Validated byRainforest Alliance