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Selva de Urundel Project

REDD+

Type
REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation)

Location
Urundel, Provincia di Salta, Argentina

Developer
CARBON CREDITS CONSULTING S.R.L.

Project area
52.000 ha

Emissions avoided
200.000 ton CO₂/ year

Standard
VCS – Verified Carbon Standard
CCBS – Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards

Project Map

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The project

The Selva de Urundel REDD + project aims to protect an area of 52,000 hectares of forest in the Southern Yungas region in northern Argentina.

The Yungas are mountain forests that are extremely important for the extraordinary biodiversity they contain and because they provide a series of ecosystem goods and services of the highest value, including the collection and storage of rainwater and the regulation of water basins.

This region, which in recent years has reported an alarming rate of deforestation, exceeding 1% per year, is now threatened by the constant expansion of agriculture, illegal logging and fires that every year occur more frequently.

The project area, consisting of a private property, is now part of the “Yungas Biosphere Reserve“, established by UNESCO in 2002 to promote a harmonious balance between the local populations and the natural environment in order to satisfy needs of present and future generations through economic, social and ecological sustainability.

This project also represents the first step in the establishment of a precious biological corridor between the Calilegua National Park and the Baritu National Park, guaranteeing the survival of threatened species, including the Jaguar, the Puma, the Tapir, the Giant Anteater and numerous species of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

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Stop deforestation

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  • Fires
  • Production of charcoal
  • Illegal logging
  • Poaching
  • Expansion of agriculture and livestock

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Protect the forest

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  • Training and equipment of firefighters, ready to intervene in the event of a fire in the project area
  • Implementation of prevention and control courses for the inhabitants
  • Fire detection systems
  • Hiring guards for the protection of the project areas
  • Construction of fences and protective barriers, in order to stop illegal grazing by neighboring ranches
  • Organization of meetings with workers and inhabitants, in order to raise awareness in the community about the conservation and sustainable use of the forest
  • Activities aimed at improving the living conditions of communities, in order to encourage forest conservation

Co - benefits

Environmental

The Yungas eco-region extends from northern Peru to Bolivia, reaching northern Argentina along the eastern flank of the central Andes. This region is fundamental for the ecological balance of the entire region, due to its extraordinary capacity as a reserve of fresh water. However, in recent years, these forests have been characterized by a high rate of deforestation, over 1% per year.

The project fully embraces the philosophy of Carbon Credits Consulting, associating the production of numerous co-benefits with the objectives of conservation and reduction of emissions, capable of positively impacting the territory, biodiversity and local communities affected by the project.

Social

Improving the living conditions of local communities: the project encourages the education of local communities, with the aim of stopping illegal wood extraction and hunting activities within protected areas, stimulating the development of sustainable and the consequent conservation of ecosystems. These new job opportunities, education and training in agroforestry management contribute to improving the quality of life for workers and their families. The project aims to distribute scholarships for attending middle school, and additional scholarships for the best students so that they can attend high school and university.

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Biodiversity

Tropical forests are the largest representation of biodiversity. Within the project area it is possible to find endemic species of the Amazon biome, strongly affected by the fragmentation of the natural habitat due to deforestation: among the various we can mention the huron minor, the raccoon, the white-collared peccary the anteater. In particular, three species are categorized as “endangered” by the IUCN: the tapir, the ferret and the labiated peccary, while one, the jaguar, is instead “critically endangered”.

Studying and preserving biodiversity, preventing hunting and reducing the risk of fires are among the main activities of Selva de Urundel REDD + Project.

sustenableGoals

The SDGs, or the Sustainable Development Goals, are a series of 17 interconnected goals, defined by the UN in 2015 as a strategy "to achieve a better and more sustainable future." The SDGs recognize the close link between human well-being, growth economic, social inclusion and the health of natural systems.