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.

All information on the project comes from the publicly accessible register documents.

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 PovertyBy harvesting Brazil nuts, the farmers can generate a long-term income. In addition, they receive loans as working capital at the beginning of the harvest.
Quality EducationThe farmers receive training and information on sustainable forest management.
Gender Equality37% of the concessions are run by women. A total of 150 women were involved in the project until 2022.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthThe project provides people with income opportunities through sustainable forest management and Brazil nut harvesting.
Responsible Consumption and ProductionThrough financial incentives and training in sustainable forest management, the forest is being preserved, Brazil nuts are being cultivated sustainably and deforestation in the area is being reduced.
Climate ActionOn average, the project saves approximately 2,192,520 tonnes of carbon per year.
Life on LandThe project area serves as an important habitat for bird species, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)CCBS Gold Level validated TechnologyForest protectionRegionTambopata, PeruEstimated annual emission reductions2,192,527 t CO2Validated bySCS Global Services (SCS)Verified bySCS Global Services (SCS)