Western Amazon REDD+ Grouped Project
Acre e Amazonas
REDD+ projects aim to stop deforestation by protecting and restoring forest areas in a sustainable way.
According to FAO, deforestation is globally growing at a rate of about 13 million hectares per year, an area 50 times the size of Luxembourg. Deforestation and forest degradation are therefore among the major causes of biodiversity loss and increasing in CO2 emissions.
Around 15% of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities are in fact caused by destruction of forests. These represent real carbon sinks (CO2 is stored by the plant as organic matter, wood). Deforestation leads to the transformation of wood stock into emissions: the wood is burned or cut. Then, it returns as CO2 into the atmosphere.
A REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from deforestation and forest Degradation) project produces Carbon Credits as a result of avoided CO2 emissions by halting deforestation and regenerating lost ecosystems (the forest returns to grow where it was destroyed).
Besides the climate benefits, REDD+ projects, have countless environmental positive externalities (protecting animal and plant species) together with social benefits (involving local communities that live in and depend on these forests).