Florestal Santa Maria Project

PROJECT NAME

Florestal Santa Maria Project

Location

Brazil – State of Mato Grosso, in the municipality of Colniza.

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

875

Methodology

VM0015

Start Date

April 13th, 2009

Duration

30 years

Additional certifications aimed at fostering environmental, social, and economic co-benefits, along with sustainable forest management, add an extra layer of positive impact to the Florestal Santa Maria.

hectares of protected forest

Total estimated ER (tCO2e)

tCO2e - Annual average ER

The Florestal Santa Maria Farm is a rural property exclusively dedicated to sustainable management of natural forests, situated in the municipality of Colniza, approximately 30 km north of the city center in the northwest region of the state of Mato Grosso.

The FSM-REDD Project was conceived to provide the forest management company with the opportunity to fully benefit from the regulatory framework of REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) under development through the Voluntary Carbon Standards (VCS) system. The specific area covered by this Carbon Project was part of a large colonization initiative initiated in 1975, through a legally regulated state effort aimed at developing the northern region of the state of Mato Grosso.

Therefore, future activities outlined in the management plan, involving timber harvesting at the FSM Farm, require supplementation with income from payments for environmental services (based on the valuation of services resulting from maintaining the standing forest). The benefits of this market approach are currently only accessible through mechanisms derived from the Climate Convention and Voluntary Carbon Markets, within the emerging concepts of REDD.

The project has the potential to create new sources of income and jobs related to forest management, leading to increased demand for project-derived products. This expansion opens opportunities for improvements in education and healthcare services in the local community.

A project to conserve and
protect the forest and its biodiversity

Biodiversity

The FSM-REDD Project stands out as an example of sustainable management and biodiversity conservation. The presence of the rare bird species, Clytoctantes atrogularis, currently categorized as “vulnerable” by the IUCN, emphasizes the project’s significance. The fauna in the Project area plays a crucial role in processes such as pollination, seed dispersal, and population balance.

Socio-Environmental

The Project is committed to social inclusion, implementing initiatives such as the recruitment of women and adopting equal pay policies. Furthermore, it facilitates professional development through training provided by the Tropical Forest Institute. The focus on education involves the construction of an elementary school and transportation for high school students, contributing not only to local empowerment but also fostering broader economic growth.

Sustainable Development

The project has the potential to create new sources of income and jobs related to forest management, leading to increased demand for project-derived products. This expansion opens opportunities for improvements in education and healthcare services in the local community.

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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