Rainforest protection, Peru


Peru holds the 10th-most-forested area of any country in the world; over half the country—some 260,000 square miles—is covered in trees. Only Brazil holds a larger area of Amazonian tropical forest.
Unfortunately, roughly 1,100 square miles of Peru’s forests are cut down every year—around 80% of them illegally. This forest loss hurts much more than the trees and Peru’s amazing wildlife; it also accounts for nearly half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

80 percent

of the forest in Peru is being cut down illegally.

50 percent

of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions is caused by deforestation.

How your funding helps

The Madre de Dios Conservation project is a verified carbon standard project, working to prevent unplanned deforestation by incorporating rainforest monitoring and sustainable forest management.
The climate project has two main goals: to reduce the pressure from the conversion of land for agricultural and cattle ranching purposes; and to guarantee the sustainable forestry management of the two timber concessions that operate in the area. It will ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable management of the forest, promote healthy wildlife habitat, and prevent future compromise of the forest carbon stocks. 
The project is expected to avoid over 22 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions over a 40 year period.

Madre di dios, peru

Carbon verification

This project is subject to exceptional monitoring from technology company, Pachama. Pachama can monitor and verify carbon stocks at a level of detail not normally seen in REDD+ projects. Using machine learning, satellite imagery and other techniques such as LiDAR, they are able to actively report to the project developer and certifier to additionally verify reported carbon reductions.

Pachama use remote sensing technologies to measure aboveground biomass (ABG), which includes the stem, stump, branches, bark, seeds and foliage. The data is a product of annually composited satellite imagery, field observations, and LiDAR data. Credit: Pachama

Climate solution #38

Forest Protection


In their biomass and soil, forests are powerful carbon storehouses. Protection prevents emissions from deforestation, shields that carbon, and enables ongoing carbon sequestration.

 For each hectare of forest protected, the threat of deforestation and degradation is removed. By protecting an additional 335-466 million hectares of forest, this solution could avoid carbon dioxide emissions totaling 5.5-8.8 gigatons by 2050. Perhaps more importantly, this solution could bring the total protected forest area to almost 0.98-1.1 billion hectares, securing an estimated protected stock of 179-203 gigatons of carbon, roughly equivalent to over 655-743 gigatons of carbon dioxide if released into the atmosphere.

 The benefits of forest conservation include biodiversity protection, non-timber products, erosion control, pollination, ecotourism and other ecosystem services.

From drawdown.org


This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards. 

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals recognized by this project

As an Sprout member your money goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognized by the Madagascar reforestation project:

Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals

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