BAM initiated the validation process under the voluntary carbon standard VCS (Voluntary Carbon Standard) for the conservation project REDD+ Brazil-nut concessions at BAM. The objective: prevent the deforestation of 300,000 hectares of brazil new forests in Madre de Dios and improve the living conditions of more than 400 concessionaire families.
Validation under the prestigious VCS international standard represents a fundamental milestone in the process to create the REDD+ program (programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests) and constitutes a very important step on the road to accreditation of carbon credits, which will generate income for the conservation program and for the community of brazil nut farmers in Madre de Dios.
Program validation is conducted by the consultant SCS Global Services, a leading organization in environmental certification with more than 25 years of experience in the sector. As part of the process, the SCS team visited brazil nut and reforestation concessions in the communities of Alegría and Planchón, which are located on the edge of the Interoceanic Highway, 100 km from Puerto Maldonado. In all of the areas, SCS Global Services was able to verify the characteristics of the forest and its state of conservation and validate the high expectations for the alliance with BAM. The SCS team was able to verify the growing threat of deforestation attributable to illegal logging; the opening of new agricultural areas; and an increase in informal mining.
More about the conservation program REDD+ Brazil-nut concessions
In 2006, the construction of the Interoceanic Highway that joins Peru with Brazil generated a major threat of deforestation in the jungles of Madre de Dios –one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet– and in the brazil nut forest areas allotted to small local concessionaires. According to projections, greater accessibility will mean that 34% of the natural forests in these areas will be deforested by 2041.
The REDD+ Brazil-nut concessions project groups together more than 400 concessionaires in the Federación de Castañeros de Madre de Dios (FEPROCAMD) to protect 300,000 hectares of forest threatened by growing deforestation in the region.