Agrocortex REDD Project

PROJECT NAME

Agro Cortex

Location

Brazil – States of Acre and Amazonas, in the municipalities of Manoel Urbano, Pauini, and Boca do Acre.

Project Type

Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) through Avoided Unplanned Deforestation (AUD project activity). 

Sectorial Scope: 14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use.

Registration

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Registry ID

1686

Methodology

VM0015

Start Date

December 31st, 2019

Duration

30 years

Additional certifications, focused on fostering environmental, social, and economic co-benefits, coupled with sustainable forest management, bring an additional layer of positive impact to the AgroCortex REDD Project.

hectares of protected forest

Total estimated ER (tCO2e)

tCO2e - Annual average ER

The Agrocortex REDD Project’s main goal is to prevent unplanned deforestation (AUD) of the 186,219.06-ha project area, entirely composed of the Amazon rainforest. This area is situated on a private property known as “Fazenda Seringal Novo Macapá,” located in the municipalities of Manoel Urbano, Pauini, and Boca do Acre, spanning the States of Acre and Amazonas in the South-western Amazon.

Agrocortex Madeiras do Acre Agroflorestal Ltda. (i.e., the project proponent) has developed a certified Sustainable Forest Management Plan (SFMP) endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This plan serves as a crucial tool for preserving forests, maintaining carbon stocks, and mitigating deforestation in the project region. The key benefits are attributed to the adoption of reduced-impact logging techniques, which contribute to minimizing environmental operational impacts.

Additionally, there is an increase in surveillance within the area, further enhancing forest conservation efforts. Moreover, the implementation of the SFMP results in an augmented economic value derived from forest resources.
The increased complexity and costs involved in sustainably managing the forest, along with factors such as bureaucratic constraints and fluctuations in certified timber prices, make it challenging to compete with the allure of illegal logging.
To counter this, revenue from the sales of Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) becomes pivotal for the project’s viability, allowing it to stand its ground against more profitable alternative land-use scenarios.

A project to conserve and
protect the forest and its biodiversity

Biodiversity

The project safeguards one of the world’s largest bird sanctuaries, with fauna surveys revealing 345 bird species, 18% of Brazil’s total. Noteworthy are vulnerable species like the Ruddy Pigeon, Blue-headed Macaw, and Channel-billed Toucan, along with 27 species endemic to the Southern Amazon region, all threatened by hunting, deforestation, and illegal wildlife trade.

Socio-Environmental

Conducting social and environmental diagnostics, the project thoroughly assesses local communities’ realities and impacts. It actively promotes community development by providing incentives for local labor hiring and training.

Sustainable Development

This project was the winner of the best Carbon Offsetting Project of 2020 in the Environmental Finances Voluntary Carbon Awards. In addition to being a safe haven for over 300 species of birds, this project also generates positive social and economic impacts in one of the poorest areas of Brazil.

In order to address the challenges of the project region and our goal of forest conservation and preservation of local wildlife, we work to replace the causes of deforestation and degradation through actions focused on the needs of local villages, including: intensifying and diversifying agriculture through the introduction of new technologies and farming practices, increasing access to quality education, improving public health practices, and promoting sustainable economic development for the inhabitants.

This project drives the Sustainable Development Goals:

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