“The goal of our role as Ambassadors and offsetting is to lower our carbon impact on the environment and compensate it by preventing, protecting and planting trees in the Amazon rainforest thanks to our precious project in Brazil, The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation (RMDLT).”
Daniela Christiansson and Maxi Lopez
Pará, Brazil houses is one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems on the planet. The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation (RMDLT), managed by Allcot Group, supports this fragile ecosystem of the Amazonian Rainforest by preventing rampant deforestation and giving degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate, while improving the livelihoods of the families that live within the project area.
This REDD+ project protects 177,899 hectares of high conservation value rainforest and will prevent net emissions of >20 million tCO2e over the project lifetime. It is a registered Code REDD+ project; is validated and verified against VCS and validated against CCBA Climate Adaption & Biodiversity Gold level. Also, it is registered with APX.
The Project is adjacent to the Caxiuanã National Forest, a protected area with exceptionally high biodiversity. The Project activities avoid ecosystem fragmentation and loss, providing a safe environment for over 30 threatened species.
By supporting this project you are investing back into the local community which consists of 130 families. It provides employment for forest protection; generates legal land-use permits that keep illegal deforesters out; protects threatened species and enhances local livelihoods in the process. Food security is also improved for the community and additional incomes can be generated thanks to an educational programme on agro-forestry techniques provided by the Project.
So, this project have environmental benefits and social benefits.
- Protects threatened tree species like the pau rosa (Brazilian rosewood)
- Supports education in agro-forestry techniques to enable the community to grow cash crops
- Protects at risk animals like the Giant Anteater, Golden Parakeet and Ka’apor Capuchin Monkey
- The Project is adjacent to the Caxiuanã National Forest, a protected area with exceptionally high biodiversity. The Project activities avoid ecosystem fragmentation and loss, providing a safe environment for over 30 threatened species.
RMDLT carbon project is seeking financial sustainability by means of carbon financing to help achieve its ambition of becoming an exemplar of how REDD+ can transform a project area and the socio-‐economic development of the people who live within it, typically earning less than R$3 (U$1) a day.
Through a program of actions, the Project aims to break the cycle of multiple generation poverty by improving livelihoods through efficient farming and land management as well as providing other significant co-‐benefits, such as improved access to medical care.
The Project is not funded as many are, by a corporation, company, or business. Instead, it was set up by a international group of likeminded individuals who believed that they could help enable positive social change and human empowerment. They identified the most threatened region in Brazil and found a local landowner that shared their dream of protecting the forest and helping the local people.
The Project is unique for its size and location:
1.) It comprises 177,000 hectares and of this, 21,000 hectares will be purchased and title donated to the 150 families living within the Project area, as well as 10,000 hectares given as communal forest to each of the four villages in the Project area.
By donating land title, RMDLT Rosewood REDD+ will give permanent land tenure to the local families in the Project area, while currently it would be very difficult for the poor to get land title due to the costs of land.
2.) The Project will provide empowerment through socioeconomic development for the people that are living there now.
Currently there are limited open areas for agriculture, in total only about 2,000 hectares. The combination of this limited area and the farming of the traditional low yield crops, is insufficient to provide any surplus with which to sell and boost the finances of the 150 resident families.
3.) RMDLT Rosewood REDD+ works with all the new landowners to get them financing for the economic development projects. With a pilot to demonstrate to the local bank and secure the financing.
The Project also addresses some of the local government service shortfalls:
1.) Drinking water – Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation (RMDLT) will drill wells
2.) Cook stoves – Only 52% of the people living in the project area with clean cook stoves, the Project will buy cook stoves for the other 48%.
3.) Electricity – each house will receive a large solar panel
4.) Radio – will be provided for communications with the city
5.) School and education -‐ from 1st to 12th grade, instead of 1st to 9th grade. The Project will provide an additional teacher for years 10, 11 and 12.
6.) Healthcare – another key benefit of the Project will be the improvement of local healthcare services. The Project will liaise with the Mayor to provide a boat for a doctor to frequently go out to each village on three-‐day trips, in order to provide regular medical care for everyone. While local Government pays for doctors, it will not pay for the boat to get doctors to the people. The Project will do this as well as coordinate and communicate the Doctor’s visits in order to allow the families to schedule time to visit the Doctor, if required.
As Ambassador of the Green Fashion Week and RMDLT, and with my collaboration with Allcot; I have involved the Green Fashion Week in the project. Consequently, the carbon emissions generated during the Green Fashion Week events are offset by Allcot Group through RMDLT by the plantation of trees.