The Amazonian ecosystems of the Madre de Dios region are considered Peru’s ‘capital of biodiversity’, due to their impressive species richness. This project area alone provides habitat to four endangered rainforest tree species, and eleven endangered wildlife species.
However deforestation within this area is increasing, threatening it’s biodiversity and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Satellite images suggest that carbon emissions from deforestation rose by more than 60% between 2006 and 2010. The Peruvian Government’s report on annual forest loss shows that rates in the Madre de Dios have been increasing since 2001, reaching its peak rate in 2017, when this area had the second highest rate of forest loss in Peru.
The Madre de Dios Amazon REDD+ Project is a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) project. It involves conducting sustainable management in a 98,932 hectare area of tropical rainforest located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru.
The project is designed around the impending effects of a new trans-Amazonian, inter-oceanic road that is nearly complete from Brazil to the Pacific Ocean and Peruvian ports. This road system will facilitate the immigration of new settlers into the region, who are predicted to subsist by agricultural and agricultural livestock activities, resulting in deforestation and forest degredation. These effects are already visible in Brazil, where the trans-Amazonian road has been completed for some time.
The climate project has two main goals: to reduce the pressure from the conversion of land for agricultural and cattle ranching purposes; and to guarantee the sustainable forestry management of the two timber concessions that operate in the area. It will ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable management of the forest, promote healthy wildlife habitat, and prevent future compromise of the forest carbon stocks. Protection of this area will prevent 659,793 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere each year.
The Madre de Dios Amazon REDD+ project will also contribute to the sustainable development of indigenous communities living in the local area, by providing alternative sources of livelihoods; increasing local employment opportunities; and offering technical training courses to young people in the community.
This project is subject to exceptional monitoring from technology company, Pachama. Pachama can monitor and verify carbon stocks at a level of detail not normally seen in REDD+ projects. Using machine learning, satellite imagery and other techniques such as LiDAR, they are able to actively report to the project developer and certifier to additionally verify reported carbon reductions.
In partnership with Ecologi, we support this project and others like it to offset our carbon footprint at Kelvin Rooms.
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