Maísa REDD+ project is located in the state of Pará in the Lower Tocantins river, between rivers Tocantins and Moju, comprised in the Amazon endemic zone of Belém. The region is extremely important for biodiversity and where the Amazon endemic zone of Belém is located.
The project's 30,000 hectares have a history of great deforestation pressure, private land invasions and illegal logging activities. Almost 80% of the original endemic area where it is settled has been already clear cut or degraded.
The following actions are taken to conserve the area:
Forest cover monitoring: Remote monitoring and field patrolling;
Scientific research: monitoring of sustainable forest management impacts, monitoring and study of indicator and/or endemic species, partnerships with educational and research institutions for production and dissemination of knowledge;
Local economic development: sustainable forest management and açai berry extraction;
Social Empowerment: radio programs broadcast for environmental education, workshops and training in forest management techniques and sustainable agro-extraction production.
BENEFITS TO THE CLIMATE
Halt emissions of 2 million tCO2e in 30 years or 67,400 tCO2e per year.
BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
The project develops local partnerships to:
Promote environmental awareness in 8 local communities;
Influence public policies and services to ensure access and equal rights of social organizations, third sector, workers' unions, communities and private sector;
Support small farmers in the development of business chains through technical studies and market access facilitation.
BENEFITS TO BIODIVERSITY
Avoid deforestation of 6,103 hectares in 30 years;
High priority conservation area: contains species critically endangered (according to IUCN), and is located at the endemic area of Belém, which is historically the most deforested one within the Amazon forest;
Habitat conservation of 128 flora species and more than 200 fauna species;
Species in critical danger of extinction, nine of them are mammals;
Maintenance of "ecological corridors" to mitigate negative impacts from the region degradation.