Located in the tropical Amazon rainforest of Brazil, this project covers almost 500,000 hectares of land. A massive conservation effort, the project is protecting a landmass almost the size of the State of Delaware! An area rich with biodiversity, diverse plant species of ecological and social importance, the project additionally serves a crucial role as an ecological corridor that connects several conservation areas in the surrounding region.
The Jari Pará Forest Conservation Project is a partnership between Biofílica Environmental Investments and Jari Group, to ensure forest conservation and reduction of potential greenhouse gas emissions. The Jari Para project is certified by Verra/VCS and is anticipated to prevent over 15M tons of CO2 that would have otherwise been emitted.
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 Jari Pará project location is particularly critical to the fight against deforestation. The project is at the forefront of active deforestation in the region and is looking to stop the continuous encroachment of illegal timber harvesting. The current political environment in the region is making this effort particularly challenging. While the project is seeing some smaller areas of deforestation happening within its bounds, contributions from companies like Shopify, provide the region with more resources to deploy ranger patrols to combat illegal harvesters.
From treeless savannah to lush meadow forests, this region is as diverse in its landscape as it is in wildlife. The Jari Pará project is part of the “green corridor,” and provides habitat protection for over 2,070 animal species. This includes 116 mammal species, 86 amphibian species, 41 snake species, 31 lizard species, 7 species of turtles, tortoises and terrapins, and 3 alligator species. Furthemore, there are 356 species of fish and 578 known species of native birds, 8% of which are deemed to be endemic. Of all the species registered in the study area, 25 are on endangered species lists.
The Amazon biome overall is very diverse, comprising a huge range of forest formations, totaling 82 different typologies of vegetation. The vegetation in the project region is composed of different physiognomies, including ten forest and non-forest formations. The project also protects many commercially important trees such as the Brazil Nut. Furthermore, there are 340 known species of flora, 54 of which are deemed endangered.
The area plays an important socio-environmental role in the region as it serves as a home for many rural communities.
Jari Para seeks to generate employment and income for communities, while simultaneously ensuring the conservation of the forest. As a Verra-certified Climate, Community & Biodiversity project, its efforts include several community engagement pillars meant to improve local capacity. One effort is the implementation of agroforestry systems, which provide greater efficiency and lower carbon output than conventional slash and burn systems. Sustainable forest management plans have also been created to foster activities that allow for community income while improving the management of the forest and improving its protection. This project also supports social organizations improving basic structural issues in the community, such as health, education, and infrastructure access.
Verification and Monitoring
While this project is already verified by 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.
Analysis of satellite imagery spanning several decades indicates heavy deforestation in the project’s region, signaling sound justification for the project. And while recent years have seen some deforestation occurring within the project grounds, Pachama provides monitoring tools and works with the on-the-ground team to try to enable better forest protection. And in the event of future issues, such as wildfire, Pachama works to ensure that credits are issued for the project from a global Verra buffer pool.
Pachama is on a mission to solve climate change by restoring forests, nature’s carbon sinks. Pachama harnesses satellite imaging with artificial intelligence to measure carbon captured in forests. This technology enables remote verification and monitoring of forests to provide a new standard of assurance in carbon markets. Through the Pachama platform, we connect responsible companies and individuals with carbon credits from projects that are protecting and restoring forests worldwide.
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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