ESTIMATED EMISSION REDUCTIONS OVER FIRST 10 YEARS
SUCCESSFUL VERIFICATIONS THROUGH 2020
In the world’s largest rainforest, the Russas and Valparaiso Projects are forest conservation and community development projects which involve numerous local and international partners that will protect nearly 175,000 acres from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. These projects will also provide essential ecosystem services such as: erosion control along the Valparaiso River; water cycling, filtration and storage; nutrient recycling; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian animal and plant species, including short eared dogs, jaguars, and giant anteaters.
Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 20 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, because deforestation leads to the release of carbon stored in trees. Moreover, deforestation reduces the Earth’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide and fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2.
The Russas and Valparaiso Projects are validated and verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) with Gold Level Distinction for exceptional community benefits. To review the complete project documents, please visit: https://registry.verra.org/app/projectDetail/VCS/1112; https://registry.verra.org/app/projectDetail/VCS/1113
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