Located in the rainforest of southeast Peru, the project works with nearly 400 families of local concession holders managing approximately 300,000 hectares of natural forest. Brazil nuts are harvested from native trees in this highly diverse part of the Amazon basin.
Elsewhere in the region, forest clearance for farming and agriculture is advancing rapidly.
The project makes the forest worth more standing than cut down for local communities. It does so by establishing a transparently governed Federation that defends the rights of local Brazil nut harvesters and helps their communities manage production and sales of the nuts. In addition, supporting concession holders in obtaining secure and well-defined land title helps them protect the forest against outside encroachment. Providing transport equipment ensures all of the harvest can be freshly processed. Reducing dependence on intermediary traders by providing access to microcredit financing, and establishing links to export markets, increases the economic value of forest products for communities.
These investments help ensure that sustainable harvesting practices are passed on to future generations of farmers who can continue to derive a livelihood from the forest. Independent auditors confirm that the project has succeeded in tackling deforestation since 2010, thereby avoiding the significant greenhouse gas emissions forest destruction would create. Protecting the forest moreover preserves precious habitat for a large number of wild species, including the jaguar, giant river otter and over 2,400 species of native plants.
Local project implementation is led by Bosques Amazónicos (BAM).
• Validated and verified under the internationally leading Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
• Achieved "Gold"- level validation under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) Standards