This Project Prevents Deforestation and Increases Local Biodiversity
The ADPML Portel-Pará Project Area, located in Brazil, comprises 135,105.6 Ha (hectares) in 18 privately owned parcels or “Glebas,” adding up to a total of 148,974.8 Ha in the Portel municipality, which is located in the Portel micro region. The region and surrounding areas are mainly composed of Ombrophilous (ability to thrive in rain) Forest. Trees, lianas and palms, mainly compose the floristic composition in an area with great abundance of species per hectare.
However, the region experiences deforestation threats from illegal logging, land speculation, and cattle ranching facilitated by the expansion of unofficial roads. Some areas are “free access,” meaning whenever the presence of a legal landowner is not made evident, individuals or companies can do with the land as they please. People known as “riberinhos,” take advantage of “free access” lands to slash and burn the forest to implement cassava plantations and cattle ranches.
Since 2008, the Project has been successful in identifying and removing illegal activities such as logging, squatting and attempts to clear pastures. The project educates and trains the local community to continuously monitor the land as guardians.
The following activities are included in the Project:
- Providing training on forest and biodiversity monitoring and management and opportunities to work as a monitoring/enforcement staff
- Enhancing community’s organizational capabilities
- Provide legal land-ownership rights for conservation
- Providing capacity building on steps to gain land use rights over Government owned forests
- Providing capacity building in agroforestry techniques and implement agroforestry pilots
- Providing capacity building on improved efficiency cook stoves and implement cook stove pilots
- Providing capacity building to develop small sustainable businesses
- Providing capacity building to cattle ranchers that move inside the Project Boundary
- Distribute energy efficient cook stoves for cassava production to villagers
Feedback from Pará Rainforest-Saving Project Beneficiaries
Approximately 80 families live within the boundaries of the Project, all of which practice subsistence agriculture.
Since 2013, in agreement with the landowners, the Project is working to provide legal land-use permits that will result in official land titles for those villages that actively participate in forest protection. The Project supports strengthening of local villages’ social structure, improves food security through agroforestry techniques and energy-efficient cookstove technologies to use less wood.
On top of the funds committed for the aforementioned activities, the Project will assign an additional 5% of the revenues from carbon offset sales to create a trust fund that will serve to support locally driven sustainable initiatives.
For more info, please visit the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance.