Brazil Forest Conservation Project

5 min readApr 28, 2020


Brazil Nuts Concessions conservation project in the Madre De Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon.

Located in the lush primary forests of the Peruvian Amazon, the Brazil Forest Conservation Project protects close to 300,000 hectares of tropical rainforest. That’s almost as large as the State of Rhode Island! The project is a unique community-based collaboration between Bosques Amazonicos (BAM) and the local community landowners — the Madre de Dios Federation of Brazil Nut Concessionersa. It is certified by Verra/VCS and is anticipated to prevent 14.5 million tons of CO2 emissions.

This project projects around 300,000 hectares of land, slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island!

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most incredible natural wonders on Planet Earth. Often referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet,’ 20% of the world’s carbon is absorbed by the Amazon alone! Beyond carbon, the Amazon is also home to 10% of the world’s known species (2.5 million insect species alone), and 40,000 plant species (many of which are the basis of our pharmaceutical medicines).

Unfortunately, the Amazon is under tremendous pressure from slash-and-burn agriculture and illegal timber harvesting. It is estimated that the Amazon is being deforested at a rate of 3 football fields per minute and that we’ve already lost 15–17% of the forest. And while we must push forward on reforestation efforts around the globe to remove carbon and regrow ecosystems, we must also protect these critical tropical forests. Deforestation of existing forests accounts for 12–15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all of the European Union combined. Old-growth, tropical forests already sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the air, as well as support healthy ecosystems and local communities.

The Brazil Nut Concessions project is particularly important as it is located near a newly constructed highway through the Amazon, which has brought with it increased deforestation. In order to stop the root causes of deforestation, a paramount goal of the project is to push the local economy away from slash-and-burn agriculture and towards the harvesting of Brazil nuts, which can only be found in primary forests such as those found in the project. With contributions, from companies like Shopify, these local communities will have the resources to continue this much-needed work.

Native to the Amazon rainforest, Brazil nuts can only be harvested in the wild.


Concessioner communities are highly dependent on the health of the local ecosystem and yet have few resources to protect it from illegal logging and deforestation. This project empowers the community to preserve their land and livelihood. Funds for this project support a variety of initiatives to increase the value of the land and prevent further deforestation. This includes a new nut harvesting facility, which will provide more jobs and nut-based products, and the implementation of a new forest monitoring and surveillance system, including cameras, checkpoints, and patrols.

The Hoatzin and the Ocelot are among the many species found in this rainforest.


Madre de Dios is famous for its biodiverse and lush old-growth, lowland rainforests. Natural savannah spots the forestland near the border with Bolivia, and a constant mist hangs in the cloud forests on the mountains of Manu. Several rare and endangered species find protection in these forests. Along the river, families of endangered giant otters reside and more bird species than can be identified fill the canopy.

This is a biomass heatmap of the project area. Darker areas represent areas undergoing deforestation. Starting in 2010, black lines outline the boundaries of the project.

Verification and Monitoring

While this project is already verified by a third-party carbon protocol body Verra, Pachama provides an additional layer of verification and monitoring using our remote sensing and AI technology. Pachama uses this technology to ensure international standards are met, as well as to provide real-time data about the forests missing in other forest schemes. Pachama provides regular monitoring and works with the on-the-ground team to enable better forest protection. Brazil Nut Concessions, in particular, takes extreme precautions to avoid illegal deforestation (including cameras, checkpoints, and patrols). Our satellite data notes very low deforestation (below 1%) since the project’s inception. And in the event of future issues, such as a future wildfire, Pachama works to ensure that credits are issued for the project from the global Verra buffer pool.

Promotional Video by CAF about the Project (click CC for English)

About Pachama

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Pachama is building scalable tools to enable more forest projects around the world to participate in carbon markets, promoting more restoration and protection of forests and a healthier planetary future.

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