Brazil: Zero deforestation and income generation achieved in high risk reserve

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The Juma Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável-RDS), one of the Conservation Units (UC) located along the BR-319 highway in Amazonas State is considered a model protected area in the country.

In addition to achieving zero deforestation the project has succeeded in promoting generation of income for the local communities.

The zero deforestation is attributed to the establishment of the first Brazilian REDD project in 2008. In the same year an initiative of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) was the first in the country and in the Americas to receive an international certificate for zero deforestation.

Through REDD, national and international companies support deforestation and emission reduction activities in the Juma RDS through a financial mechanism for generating carbon credits. According to the FAS Innovative Solutions Programme, stakeholders in the project receive support for the production of mainly nontimber forest products and a payment for environmental services, through the “Bolsa Floresta” Programme.

The Juma RDS was created in 2006 by the Amazonas State government and is managed by the State Department of Environment. It is located in a high-risk area for deforestation in the Novo Aripuanã municipality some 230 kilometers from Manaus.

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