Resex Rio-Preto Jacundá REDD+ covers an area of 95,300 hectares located in the municipalities of Machadinho D'Oeste and Cujubim, in the state of Rondônia. It is a State Protected Area is threatened by illegal loggers willing to convert it into cattle pastures, subsistence crops and commercial plantations.
The project is a partnership between Asmorex (Residents Association of Resex Rio Preto-Jacundá), Biofílica, the local NGO RioTerra and SEDAM (Rondônia’s environmental agency) to prevent that predatory pressure continues posing a threat to the Protected Area.
The Project activities are:
Forest cover monitoring: Remote monitoring and field patrolling;
Scientific research: long-term monitoring of the forest ecological balance in partnership with universities and research institutions;
Local economic development: recovery of non-timber products sustainable management culture and improvement of their value chain, mainly latex, copaiba and brazil nut;
Social Empowerment: communication with local and state governmental agencies in order to strengthen local governance, provision of courses, training, and capacity building for sustainable agro-extractive production, assossiativism and rights enforcement.
BENEFITS TO THE CLIMATE
Halt emissions of 12.4 million tCO2e in 30 years or 414,000 tCO2e per year
BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
Increase strength of the Protected Area community Association;
Empower communities toward the Forest Management of timber and non-timber products;
Facilitation of public policies and access to public services regarding sustainable land use, rural development, extractivism, education, health and safety, and other goods and services related to well-being improvement;
Family income increase by diversifying production;
Fixing traditional communities in their land;
Greater gender equality and participation of the young community into social organization;
Strengthen extractive and riverside culture.
BENEFITS TO BIODIVERSITY
Avoid deforestation of 35,400 hectares in 30 years;
High priority area for conservation and vulnerability;
Habitat conservation of critically endangered species, according to IUCN, such as the black-faced spider monkey Ateles Chamek;
One of the most important endemic areas for South American birds.