Preserve The Amazon Rainforest—One of the World’s Most Important Carbon “Sinks”
ADPML works with 80 indigenous families to train them in land and land-use stewardship in an area of the Brazilian rainforest that is being logged rapidly and illegally to make room for cattle ranching that further degrades the land. 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.
Earth’s Lungs Are In Trouble
In Brizilian 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 claim 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 in their “bodies” is released back into the atmosphere.
Giving The Amazon A Fighting Chance
Since 2008, ADPML has been successful in identifying and removing illegal activities such as logging, squatting and attempts to clear pastures. The avoided deforestation provides clean-burning cook stoves 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 also funds education and training to the local community to continuously monitor the land as guardians.
More Than Work, A Better Life
ADPML does much more than 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 provide legal land-ownership rights from government owned forests to the local families for conservation. Land ownership allows families to build capacity in agroforesty techniques which allows them to expand their agricultural businesses (currently they farm a specific type of flower, a more diverse range of crops protects against threat of disease and expands revenue for the communities). Households are provided with clean burning cookstoves which reduce the need for mass quantities of wood and cooking fuel. Finally, 5% of the revenues from the sale of carbon credits goes back into a trust fund that will serve to support locally driven sustainable initiatives.
ADPML Contributes to Six United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).