The Suruí Forest Carbon Project

Project Type: 

Reduced Emissions for Forest Degradation & Deforestation (REDD)

Area: 

31,994 hectares

Location(s): 

Brazil – Rondônia and Mato Grosso

Developer(s): 

Organização Metareilá do Povo Indígena Suruí

Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: February 29, 2012 (RA-VAL-VCS-015413).
Validated conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, Second Edition (2008): February 29, 2012 (RA-VAL-CCB- 015679).
Verified Conformance with the Verified Carbon Standard Version 3: July 15, 2013 (RA-VER-VCS-018309).

The Suruí Forest Carbon Project (SFCP) aims to halt deforestation and its associated greenhouse gas emissions in the Sete de Setembro Indigenous Territory (TISS), in Brazil’s Rondônia & Mato Grosso states—an area that is under intense deforestation pressure. The region is located in one of the main centers of the Brazilian Amazon’s “deforestation arc" and is shaped by the expansion of farms into forest areas. Since the last decade, logging activities have spread into the north, and this trend indicates that the Suruí communities are seeking alternative sources of income such as cattle ranching and coffee farming.

The SFCP is a pioneering initiative led by the Paiter Suruí in their search for financial mechanisms to support the implementation of a forest-conservation strategy, improve their quality of life and preserve their traditional culture. The project will prevent 33,545 acres (13,575.3 hectares) of tropical forests from being cleared in the TISS for 30 years; avoid emissions averaging 7,423,806.2 tCO2e over the long term; and contribute to the preservation of the Paiter Suruí culture and traditions.

SFCP has achieved conformance with Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards’ Gold Level Benefits for Exceptional Biodiversity Criteria (GL3), and it ensures the conservation of biodiversity in areas of great global significance. The TISS includes 3 threatened species, 7 near-threatened species and 161 vulnerable species. Thirty rare species of fungi have also been identified, some recorded for the first time in Brazil and others for the first time in Rondônia. The project will encourage and facilitate scientific studies of these species, including how to better understand their abundance, population size, distribution and habitat.

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