The Conservancy is working with landowners, government officials, businesses and indigenous communities to establish two large-scale forest carbon pilot projects that will cover a combined 47.4 million acres in the Brazilian Amazon, an area more than twice the size of Portugal.
Preliminary studies reveal that these programs may prevent deforestation of about 4.4 million acres in the next decade and reduce emissions of approximately 980 million tons of carbon dioxide, equal to the emissions from the annual energy use of 80 million U.S. homes.
This study focused on two regions of the Brazilian Amazon: northwestern Mato Grosso state and São Felix do Xingu, the municipality with the second highest rate of deforestation in Brazil.
The Conservancy is now identifying and working with key partners to implement the REDD pilots in the states of Mato Grosso and Pará. We also aim to create and implement a training program on REDD for government representatives and local stakeholders in REDD pilot sites.January 31, 2011