ADPML works with 80 indigenous families to train them in land-use stewardship to help protect an area of the Brazilian rainforest that is being logged rapidly and illegally to make room for cattle ranching. By ensuring over 368,000 acres of virgin rainforest will never be logged for cattle ranching, ADPML expects to reduce over 22 million metric tonnes (or over 48.4 billion pounds) of greenhouse gas.
In Brazilian Amazonia, virgin ecosystems are being destroyed to make way for logging operations and cattle ranching. The law of the land in Pará allows squatters to make claims on land with no apparent owner if no deed is available. These squatters then build “access roads” which are gateways for logging companies, and cattle ranchers to enter the area and begin clear-cutting forest land. When trees and ecosystems are cut down, the carbon stored is released back into the atmosphere.
Since 2008, ADPML has been successful in identifying and removing illegal activities such as logging, squatting, and attempts to clear pastures. The program also provides clean-burning cookstoves and training to the local community of 80 families and links fragmented ecosystems to build strength and resiliency of the land. Over the life of the project, it will avoid nearly 22.2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, while also protecting valuable biodiversity. Purchasing credits helps fund education and training to the local community to continuously monitor the land as guardians.
ADPML does more than just train local families on how to monitor and protect the plants and animals that call Pará home. The project works to develop organizational capabilities and transfer legal land-ownership rights from government-owned forests to the local families for conservation. Land ownership allows families to build capacity in agroforestry techniques which allows them to expand their agricultural businesses. Previously, they only farmed one type of flower. A more diverse range of crops protects against the threat of disease and expands revenue for the communities. Finally, 5% of the revenues from the sale of carbon credits go back into a fund that will serve to support locally-driven sustainable initiatives.
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