Healthy forests are essential for a healthy planet. Unfortunately, the world’s forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Around the world, forests are being clear-cut for agriculture, mining, construction and other economic activities at the rate of 5.2m hectares per year while it has been estimated that half of the forests on the planet have been lost.

Deforestation is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Most deforestation takes place in tropical rainforests in developing nations. The forest management methods of REDD+ enable the people of forested nations to reach their development goals without cutting down trees. By creating a financial value to the carbon stored in standing rainforests, REDD+ incentivises conservation.

Celestial Green Ventures redd+ REDD plus project protects Amazon RainforestReduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) attempts to mitigate climate change through reducing net emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation. REDD+ go further than just preventing deforestation to include protection of biodiversity and ensuring that the benefits of sustainable practices are distributed fairly to the local communities of the project area.

What is REDD + ?

REDD-plus is the leading mechanism for the development of rainforest conservation projects. Started in 2005 by a small group of forest nations at a United Nations climate conference, REDD+ has been enhanced and improved such that, it is now considered by many to be the best and most progressive methodology for forest conservation yet devised. There are REDD+ forest conservation projects in many countries including Brazil, Uganda and Indonesia, for example, and the REDD+ framework is widely expected to be adopted at the Paris COP 21 climate summit in December 2015.

REDD+ and the Natural Forest Standard

The Natural Forest Standard is a uniquely designed method of evaluating the value of REDD+ forest conservation project. It is a voluntary carbon standard that integrates social, biodiversity and carbon values for REDD+ natural forest projects.

The Natural Forest Standard recognises not only the value of reducing emissions from deforestation but also the importance of natural capital within REDD+ project areas.

Through the conservation of at-risk natural forest areas, the NFS provides mechanisms to ensure the distribution of benefits to the local and indigenous communities plus it quantifies the biodiversity significance of each project area, ensuring no net loss of biodiversity occurs through project activities.

For these reasons, Celestial Green Ventures opted to develop the Trocano Araretama REDD+ conservation project to the Natural Forest Standard level using high-value REDD+ methodologies.

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Trocano Araretama REDD+ Project

Originating in 2011, the Trocano Araretama REDD+ project is located in the Borba municipality of the Amazonas state in Brazil. With 1.3m hectares of pristine rainforest protected in the project area, it is situated on the banks of the Madeira River around 200 km south of the state capital, Manaus. Celestial Green Ventures works in close partnership with local inhabitants and local authorities. We enable the local communities to get actively involved and engaged in the project by generating tangible and sustainable enhancements to their way of life. These include healthcare, education and infrastructure improvements as well as employment opportunities and economic sustainability.

Project Goals

The goals of the Trocano Araretama REDD+ project are to prevent deforestation, conserve biodiversity and create social and economic benefits for the nearly 11,000 inhabitants within the project boundary. REDD+ methodology means that these combined benefits are measured and verified independently and then issued as Natural Capital Credits. This produces global benefits which are verified annually by an independent environmental consulting firm according to ISO 14064-3 and ISO 14065.

Watch this short video outlining how REDD+ works in our Trocano Araretama REDD+ project

Prevent Deforestation

REDD+ generates economic and development benefits for developing forested nations by incentivising conservation. Incentivised conservation puts a value on the standing forest, allowing forested nations to achieve their socio-economic goals in a sustainable way while they provide global benefits. Rainforests are valuable because they mitigate climate change – growing forests absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and store it. They also influence local weather by moderating temperatures and creating rainfall. On the other hand, the cutting and burning of trees is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions which leads to climate change and global warming.

Protect Biodiversity

The protection of biodiversity is one of the main activities under a REDD+ programme. The Amazon rainforest is home to vast numbers of animals and plants, insect, fish, reptile and bird species, with new ones constantly being discovered. Tropical rainforests have been described as “nature’s pharmacy” due to the fact that almost 25% of natural medicines originate from the rainforest ecosystem, including many used to fight cancer. Unfortunately, many rainforest species are at risk of extinction due to disappearing habitats and rising temperatures because of climate change. In the Trocano REDD+ area, we actively monitor and protect no less than five threatened species.

Generate Social Benefits

Forest communities are at the centre of the Trocano Araretama REDD+ project – it cannot succeed without them. Billions of people around the world depend on services the forest ecosystem provides, including soil conservation, water drainage, food, medicine and fuel. The starting point of REDD+ is to protect the rights of local communities and enable them to benefit from conservation. Local communities control and deliver the REDD+ conservation effort. For this they share in the benefits such as improvements in education and health services and sustainable socio-economic development, all of which are financed through their REDD+ activities.

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