Acre is a state of Brazil, tucked in the Amazon rainforest. Known for its rubber and Brazil nut trees, 90% of the state is currently forested and is home to some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats. Current rates of destruction due primarily to conversion for cattle pasture and farming, however, indicate that forest cover in Acre could decline to 65% by 2030.
The project ranges across three biodiverse habitats in the State of Acre, collectively aiming to prevent deforestation across 105,000 hectares of pristine rainforest in the Amazon basin. The Arbor Day Foundation is working with Natural Capital Partners to work with communities and local groups to help enhance ecosystem services while providing alternative models of economic development which avoid destruction of the forest.
The State of Acre has the third smallest economy of Brazil’s 27 states, and roughly 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. Carbon credits will provide a much-needed source of income for area residents feeling pressure to clear-cut the forest for a short-term gain in an effort to merely feed their families. And this support will only expand from there.
Natural Capital Partners’ conservation approach is all-encompassing. In order to be successful in conserving the forest the project works closely with the communities living in the area: in addition to preserving the forests and providing a steady source of income, this program is providing training and support that will allow communities to lower transaction costs and increase market access for their goods. It will also help with training to improve agricultural techniques that will help farms become more productive without removing forestland. Access to consistent healthcare is also a focus.
This project actively supports the following Global Goals for Sustainable Development: