Açaí, Superfood from the Amazon

Our carbon offset project in Pará, Brazil

Forest conservation in Pará, Brazil

“Várzea” in the Amazonian river basin in the Brazilian state of Para represents a unique ecosystem. The island Marajó is permeated by waterways and the land has been moulded by small and local farmers for centuries. The Amazon River is seen as a major transport artery, fostering farming and livestock breeding. This is associated with increasing deforestation, leading to harmful effects on the surrounding ecosystem and climate as a whole.


The Ecomapuá Project protects 90,000 hectares of forest and prohibits commercial logging. It creates alternative sources of income for the 94 local families situated in the region, such as trading of Acai, a fruit native to the region. Not only is it popular in Brazil, but it has seen a surge in demand by industrialized countries who term it a ‘superfood.’ Since the project promotes development in one of the poorest regions in North Eastern Brazil, it is certified under both the Verified Carbon Standard and Social Carbon Standard.
 

RINA Services S.p.A.
Verification
Verified Carbon Standard, Social Carbon
Certificate type
145,000
Annual volume (tons CO2)

Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Improved livelihoods and income generation for 400 families in one of Brazil's poorest areas.

Zero Hunger
Establishing vegetable gardens, fish tanks and poultry farms; beekeeping trainings promote new sources of income (e.g. selling honey).

Quality education
Sponsorship for a school (meals, teacher salaries, infrastructure); fire brigade training for local families.

Gender Equality
The COAMA açaí cooperative is made up by >20% women and led by a female president.

Decent Work and Economic Growth
Jobs for >50 members of the COAMA cooperative for the sustainable cultivation and sale of açaí.

Reduced inequalities
The tree nurseries and açaí production are owned by the local communities.

Responsible Consumption and Production
Production of organic açaí and other sustainable agroforestry products instead of deforestation; Fairtrade certification of açaí expected in 2022.

Climate Action
Conservation of 90,000 hectares of rainforest as an important source of carbon reduction.

Life on Land
Sustainable forestry in an endangered ecosystem, protection of 10 endemic plant species.

Partnership for the Goals
Our long-term support facilitates sustainable development projects in the global South.

How does forest protection help fight global warming?

Forests, especially tropical ones, store CO2. For projects aimed at combatting climate change, there are essentially three methods for creating and sustaining forestry as a carbon sink:

  • forestation and reforestation
  • sustainable forest management (where the amount of timber harvested does not exceed the amount that can grow back)
  • financial incentives for the protection of forestland as a carbon sink (the UN's REDD+ program), whereby the project owner must ensure that tree cover is maintained