Brazilian Project Ecomapua
The lowland of Marajo Island, in the mouth of the Amazon River, is a unique environment – rich in water resources and biodiversity. Home to at least ten endemic species and essential to migratory birds as well as a community of forest dwellers, the area is now under threat from illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture.
This project helps the local community conserve 86,000 hectares of forestland, eradicating logging by helping them realise value from the standing forest.
The project captures 72,338 tonnes CO2e every year, and resulting carbon finance supports a variety of activities – from education in sustainable farming practices to the development of sustainable açai production for food and biofuel.
This ‘super-food’ berry is one of the main sources of food and income for the community. Native tree nurseries have been established for regenerating deforested land and 1,200 hectares are being planted with a mix of native tree species and açai helping to increase productivity.
In addition, programmes are helping local sustainable businesses to form and grow with support available for vegetable gardening, poultry and fish farming.