Located within the Amazon, in Portel Municipality, Portel micro-Region, it comprises 177,899.5 hectares in 17 privately owned parcels or “Glebas,” for a total of 194,402.8 Ha.
The Amazon is the largest remaining rainforest on our planet. It is known for its amazing biodiversity: home to 10% of all species, including some endangered species that rely on it for their survival.
The Portel-Pará REDD project is working to prevent unplanned deforestation in native forests, which occurs due to logging, squatting and creating farmland. Prevention is achieved by managing the land as a “private conservation reserve” with rigorous monitoring and enforcement. From 2012 the project scaled-up its monitoring activities by employing and properly training local villagers.
The local population is comprised mainly of settlers known as “Ribeirinhos” who live along the rivers and along the igarapés (small streams). There are no indigenous communities located either in or around the Project Area.
The project is in an area of great importance for biodiversity conservation. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, this area is home to a great diversity and abundance of vegetable species. These are not only important for the maintenance of ecological relationships, but also have a socio-economic impact; they include the Brazil nut trees and other tree species.
The Pará REDD project zone also is home to numerous animal species: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Among the primates, Cebus kaapori (Ka’apor Capuchin) and Chiropotes satanas (Black Bearded Saki) are rated as critically endangered by IUCN and IBAMA. Of the carnivores, Leopardus tigrinus (oncilla) is considered vulnerable and Pteronura brasiliensis (giant otter) endangered. Other threatened mammals are: Mymecophaga tridactyla (giant anteater) and Priodontes maximus (giant armadillo).
Social and Sustainability Benefits
The project is contributing to sustainable development:
- Providing training on forest and biodiversity monitoring and management and opportunities to work as a monitoring/enforcement staff
- Enhancing community’s organisational capabilities
- Stimulate the creation of jobs linked to forest management
Training in forest management
Supports critical biodiversity habitats
- Providing land-ownership rights for verified results in conservation
- Providing capacity building
*for gaining land use rights over government owned forests
*in agroforestry techniques and implement agroforestry pilots
*in improved efficiency cookstoves and implement cookstove pilots
*to develop small sustainable business
*to cattle ranchers who operate inside the Project boundary.
Over 22 million tonnes CO2e offset over a 40 year period.
£5.20 to offset 1tCO2e.