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 special and very unique eco system. The island Marajó is permeated by waterways. The land has been molded by small farmers for centuries. The Amazon River is a transport artery, fostering farming and livestock breeding - which in turn is associated with more and more deforestation.
The Ecomapuá Project protects 90,000 hectares of forest and prohibits commercial logging. It creates alternative sources of income for the 94 local families, such as trading in the fruit açaí. Not only is it popular in Brazil, it is also increasingly in demand in industrialized countries as a superfood. Since the project promotes development in one of the poorest regions in northeastern Brazil, it is certified under the Verified Carbon Standard as well as the Social Carbon Standard.
Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Bau einer Schule.
300 jobs in açaí production and tree nurseries.
Construction of a school, creation of vegetable gardens, fish farm pool, and poultry farms.
The tree nurseries and açaí production are owned by the local communities.
Conservation of 90,000 hectares of rainforest as an important source of carbon reduction.
Sustainable forestry in an endangered ecosystem, protection of 10 endemic plant species.
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