Floresta de Portel

Location: Brazil
The Floresta de Portel project contributes to the fight against deforestation in northwest Brazil by offering new economic activities to local populations.

Project summary

The state of Para, in the Northwest of Brazil, hosts one of the richest ecosystems on the planet with a large diversity of both animal and plant species. However, this area is threatened with legal and illegal deforestation at a frenetic pace. In this poor region of Brazil, agriculture is developing at the expense of the forest.

The Floresta de Portel project aims to protect and preserve this fragile environment, and to prevent unscheduled deforestation in order to allow the forest to regenerate by itself. It helps local communities work with nature in a sustainable way by improving forest management. This project also enables the development of fair-trade activities through agroforestry and better territory management in the form of a “private conservation reserve”.

Over 40 years, the Floresta de Portel project avoids the emission of over 22 millions tCO2e. It also protects the forest and the region’s biodiversity  by ending tree harvesting and the destruction of natural habitats.  Additionally, this project creates employment opportunities for local communities.

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Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 8: Promote decent work and economic growth

The project has helped to create and stimulate job creations for local communities in the management and monitoring of the forest.

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change

Preservation of this area of rainforest contributes to emissions reductions to mitigate climate change.

SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and halt biodiversity loss.

Avoiding deforestation protects indigenous flora and fauna, and in particular endangered species.

The results

  • Creating employment for local communities to preserve, manage, and monitor the forest : 15 security houses with 15 families to patrol the area (30 staff security).
  • Social investment is paying for the people who live in and next to the project area - approximately 500 extremely poor families - to obtain ownership of the land on which they live, and rightfully have possession of.
  • Protecting the forest and its ecosystem (fauna and flora):
    - Cebus kaapori (Ka’apor Capuchin) also known as the Cupuchin Monkey ;
    - Chiropotes satanas (Black Bearded Saki) which is a highly endangered New World Monkey, that has a very small remaining habitat. Our project area is large enough to allow this monkey to never go extinct;
    - Leopardus tigrinus (oncilla) known as the little spotted cat;
    - Pteronura brasiliensis (giant otter) - highly endangered with less than 5,000 remaining in the wild.
  • Developing knowledge about agroforestry techniques and land law.

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