Today, the digital landscape makes it easy for stakeholders and consumers to access genuine information from across the globe and to understand the devastating impact of deforestation on climate change, biodiversity and the global economy.
THE INCREASINGLY DIGITAL EYES OF THE WORLD ARE WATCHING CLOSELY THE DAMAGE AND SUFFERING DEFORESTATION HAS ON INDIGENOUS FAMILIES, TRADITIONS, CULTURES AND NATURE.
We all want a healthier future for our children and to leave a legacy we can be proud of. This is why the Amazon Peoples Project is about more than just carbon offsetting.
CUSTOMARY LAND MAPPING AND RIGHTS
With funds raised from the sale of carbon offsetting credits, we work with the Pará state government (ITERPA and SEMAS) to help Ribeirinhos communities gain legal title and full rights to their land through the CAR policy. This policy aims to geo-reference all properties and promote monitoring of, and compliance with natural vegetation conservation requirements.
CAR related programmes facilitate registration in the CAR by helping Ribeirinhos peoples georeference their properties. They are a step in improving the livelihoods of farmers and families in the Amazon Basin. Without the CAR local farmers and families do not have the confidence, funds or legal means to protect their lands from logging.
The CAR became a legal requirement in Pará in 2007. However, farmers often lack the knowledge and the means to register by themselves. AFP’s programmes provide services that offset registration costs and provide farmers with knowledge and resources that ensure that their property complies with the Forest Code.
Our programmes ensure that local inhabitants can have their land geo-referenced and registered as a permanent area of preservation recognized by the Brazilian government. Furthermore, they enable locals to access bank loans to develop and prepare for greater market demands for sustainable farming from the global economy.
Since 2008 we have mapped 7775.383 acres to be registered in the CAR. This has allowed us to build a school for over 180 children, install WiFi for emergency response times to be improved and secure land rights for 200 people in the community.
To those living in neighbouring villages, the project will provide knowledge to legally claim and secure land titles on unused public land.
As a requirement to receive a land title, each villager has to sign a conservation agreement that will state that granted lands cannot be sold, productive activities cannot expand into the project area to preserve natural habitats and that the land use cannot change to mining or pasture.
The Amazon plays a critical role in the global economy. Its rich ecosystems are important for feeding and providing medicines to the world’s populations, its forests act as carbon sinks that offset the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere, and its trees are vital in sustaining the Earth’s water cycle.
It is home to an estimated one million indigenous people and six million Ribeirinhos people who can accelerate global progress towards local, national, and global development goals, whilst ensuring that intact and integrated landscapes, watersheds and coastal biomes are sustainably and equitably
Unfortunately, the Amazon is increasingly under pressure, with the most significant problem being deforestation from cattle ranching, soy farming and other agriculture.
AFP’s business development activities support the people of Pará with the development of their knowledge, means and resources to be financially sustainable, valuable players in the global economy of the future.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING
As evidenced by the RRI, corporate, investor, and service provider leaders – confronted with the responsibility of ensuring the sustainable livelihoods of communities in and around their operations or as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities – directly contribute to more resilient global supply chains.
Our capacity-building activities over the last 12 years offer equitable solutions to the needs of the people living within our project area and biodiversity commitments.
In partnership with the local Mayor and Secretary of Education, we help local families to secure ‘start-up small sustainable business’ funding. We help local people to diversify their current approaches to their business and farming through shared knowledge, partnerships with academia and government and through awareness-raising; whilst retaining respect for tradition, the land and wider global sustainability issues.
In the project's lifespan, we estimate that each family will receive approximately 350 acres of land and a document registered to them with a map of that area. Families will be able to live, farm and fish in harmony with the forest's biodiversity and free from the fear of loggers.
Our project supports the advance of non-timber product development (such as açaí fruit) and sustainable agroforestry techniques. These are techniques which empower local people to meet modern market demands and secure food consumption. In 2021, with the support of the university we will be helping farmers to improve their planting techniques for the more efficient and sustainable production of cassava and honey as well as putting a system in place to purchase these commodities so communities have an instant exit route for their labour.
We have been able to improve food security by increasing and introducing honey, cassava, black pepper, açaí fruit, manioc flour, medicine and essential oils as new crops.
The project zone is an area of extreme importance for biodiversity conservation. It houses a great diversity and abundance of species, not only vital for the maintenance of ecological relationships, but also of socio economic importance, such as the Brazil nut and other noble trees.
Through being ingrained in the communities in which we work, we have listened and learned. At our core is respect for the spiritual and cultural wellbeing of people. We are proud to have been able to work in partnership with the Ribeirinhos peoples to facilitate ideas on the alternatives to cutting down trees as a means to a sustainable livelihood.
Many of our project members use the loans offered through their CAR to invest in sustainable farming, which provides a legal and robust income: it supports them to have autonomy over their decisions and eliminates the need to cut trees. We are part of a revolution in the Amazon changing the way people view the forests and their value, whilst maintaining respect for traditional communities and cultures.
700km of navigable riverways and critical wetlands, 200 million tons of carbon, 30 vulnerable species including the giant anteater and the blackhanded tamarind and valuable plant species including the açaí fruit, rich in antioxidants