Reduction of Deforestation and Degradation in Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park within the area of Madre de Dios Region - Peru

Project Type: 

Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)

Area: 

573,299 hectares

Location(s): 

Madre de Dios, Perú

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: June 21, 2012 (RA-VAL-VCS- 015609).

Validated conformance with the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards Second Edition, December 2008: June 21, 2012 (RA-VAL-CCB-014919).

Verified conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: April 9, 2013 (RA-VER-VCS-017401)

The purpose of this project is to conserve forests in two Natural Protected Areas against imminent threats of deforestation. The project focuses on the Tambopata National Reserve and the sector of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, and it covers a combined area of 1.4 million acres (573,299 hectares). The project aims to reduce land-use change pressures by promoting sustainable economic activities and establishing conservation agreements at previously identified critical areas. Both steps are an attempt to create a “barrier” against the expansion of the economic frontier (i.e., agricultural and mining activities) by creating alliances and establish permanent coordination with institutions that are currently doing conservation work in the area.

Madre de Dios is the Amazon region with the highest rates of biodiversity in Peru. It contains natural habitat for endangered wildlife species such as the black caiman, the eagle harpy and the giant otter. Economically important forest species such as the Brazil nut are also found there. Although the area has historically had low levels of deforestation, the construction of the South Inter-Oceanic Highway has significantly eased access, which is in turn increasing migration and bringing about land-use changes and forest degradation.

The project is expected to avoid an annual net emission rate of 454,827 tC02e during its first 10 years and also comprises benefits for local populations and biodiversity conservation.

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