Florestal Santa Maria Project (FSC-REDD Project)
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation & Degradation (REDD)
Colniza, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
The FSM-REDD PROJECT will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by stopping the deforestation of degraded to mature forests. The area’s forest frontier has been historically expanded and is likely to continue expanding in the future, as a result of easier access to forests and increased regional development. Deforestation in the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso is mostly the result of the illegal invasion and grabbing of privately owned land to be used for logging, slash-and-burn agriculture and cattle ranching.
The privately owned 177,209-acre (71,714-hectare) Florestal Santa Maria REDD Project is located in Colniza, Mato Grosso. The Florestal Santa Maria (FSM) forest estate is a rural property dedicated solely to the sustainable management of its natural forest. The FSM farm is one of the few sites in the region that still preserves its native forest. The ongoing forest-management and stewardship activities at the FSM farm require the additional income that can be derived from environmental-services payments.
The FSM-REDD Project aims to continue ongoing forest-protection activities in the area by engaging with local communities, opposing any invasions by land grabbers, improving local security through project monitoring and information-sharing, and creating incentives to recover degraded areas that surround the property.