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Evergreen Forest Protection

Protecting the Southern Amazonas biodiverse-rich rainforest 


The Amazon rainforest, regarded by many as one of the planet’s most important ecosystems, is thought to be home to 10% of known species on Earth and 47 million people, of which over 2 million are Indigenous. The Amazon’s vast and biodiverse biome spans 8 countries, with around 60% within Brazil’s borders. Despite the forest’s vital importance, in supporting an array of extraordinary life, and in absorbing climate-warming gases, an area equivalent to the size of Qatar was cleared between 2021 and 2022. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to protect Earth's greatest life reserve and largest tropical rainforest  – both for our planet’s future and for those that call it home today.

Forest Protection

Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty

Poverty alleviated

by providing and formalizing jobs in forest management

3. Good Health and Well-Being

24 community members

participated in first aid training to date

4. Quality Education

Training events

provided for project employees and neighboring communities, focusing on forest management and wild harvesting

8. Decent work and economic growth

6 permanent jobs

provided to date, boosting local economy

13. Climate Action

1,566,000 tonnes of CO2e

mitigated on average annually, thanks to the project

15. Life on land

71,289 hectares of land

protected through avoided deforestation

The Solution

Located in the municipality of Apuí, Southern Amazonas, a region which has the 10th highest deforestation rate in Brazil, the Evergreen Forest Protection project aims to conserve an incredible 130,554 hectares of biodiverse tropical rainforest each year. Prior to the project’s implementation, the region, which is owned by private landowners, had come under significant pressure from illegal logging and unplanned deforestation. In close collaboration with the on-the-ground local partner, the project’s main objective is to increase surveillance around the project area. With increased observation posts throughout the project area and motorbikes that enable project staff to cover wider distances, the project aims to ensure illegal loggers do not encroach on the area and the positive effects on biodiversity are monitored over time. 

Image credit: Unsplash
Image credit: Unsplash

The Impact

By preserving the biodiverse-rich landscape the project effectively reduces emissions, keeping carbon locked up in the trees and enabling the forest to continue sequestering more from the atmosphere. In tandem with surveillance activities, the project aims to implement training courses for project staff and nearby communities in sustainable forest and wildfire management, strengthening the local ability to preserve the forest.

Project ID: 304053
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