GLOBAL CONTEXT

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The Amazon Forest People (AFP) project owns and protects 368,000 acres – an area almost the size of greater London – of High Conservation Value rainforest in the Portel municipality in the region of Pará, Brazil.

Since 2008, the AFP project has worked with families from the Ribeirinhos community to facilitate their land-use stewardship in an area of the Brazilian rainforest that is being logged rapidly and illegally. The project supports local capacity building and enables the transition of legal land-ownership rights from government-owned forests to local families for conservation. We work in trusted partnership with over 6,200 Ribeirinhos river people that live and work within our project area.

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The Amazon’s ecosystems play a critical role in stabilising the climate; providing food, water and vital medicines for all of us across the globe. Our work to safeguard these resources from destruction is made possible through the investments we receive from the sale of Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
We are a team of 13 in Portel, including an incountry manager, project coordinator, environmental coordinator, social workers, topographers and security team. Our UK-based trust, who administers the project, comprises two directors, a manager, administrator and a global security manager. Find out more about our team here.

Avoided Deforestation Project (Manaus) Limited (“ADPML”) is the project proposer and the entity that provides funding to develop, implement and run the Amazon Forest People project.

We have been successfully validated and verified against the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and validated to the CCB Standards Second Edition – achieving Climate Adaption and Biodiversity Gold Levels. ADPML acts as the main project developer. SETA Ambiental, a local organisation, acts as a technical partner providing logistical field support.

In 2020 we updated our brand name from ADPML to Amazon Forest People (AFP), allowing us to borrow from the characteristics of the region to create authenticity. Our brand name Amazon Forest People unites us by identifying the origin of where we work and the livelihoods we strive to support and protect.

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OVER THE NEXT 40 YEARS, OUR GOAL IS TO PROTECT AND RESTORE THE FOREST; AND TO FACILITATE RIBEIRINHOS PEOPLE TO TAKE THEIR SEAT AT THE TABLE OF A SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL ECONOMY.

LOCAL GOALS

We are currently supported by Members of Congress, the Mayor of Portel and the Education Secretary in Pará, Brazil, who assist us with materials, resources and transportation.

LOCAL GOALS

We are currently supported by Members of Congress, the Mayor of Portel and the Education Secretary in Pará, Brazil, who assist us with materials, resources and transportation.
Furthermore, we have the support of five leading professors at the Amazonian University who will provide social care, wellbeing and mental health, and sex education for the people that live and work within our project boundaries.

Partnering with the university’s medical, administration and engineering schools empowers our communities with groundbreaking research and developments from masters and doctorate courses.
By 2021 we are on track to secure a further 1.2 million acres of land, which will be used to extend the project activities that grow products.

2021 STRATEGY

Health & Hygiene – facilitating techniques which improve drinking water.

Agriculture & Horticulture – facilitating education on how to prepare the earth for better crops and harvests, and understanding of valuable sustainable plants, vegetables and fruits

2021 STRATEGY
Health & Hygiene – facilitating techniques which improve drinking water. Agriculture & Horticulture – facilitating education on how to prepare the earth for better crops and harvests, and understanding of valuable sustainable plants, vegetables and fruits.

IN THE LONG TERM WE WILL
Protect and restore the valuable diversity of the Amazon forest. Support the Ribeirinhos community to have their voices heard. Prevent 65-million tonnes of harmful carbon from entering the atmosphere of the earth. Unite stakeholders in our project area and neighbouring areas to ensure their virgin rainforest will never be logged.

CAR

By supporting local inhabitants and mapping their land rights we can secure for families Cadastro Ambiental Rural (CAR) and put a stop to unplanned deforestation.

CAR

By supporting local inhabitants and mapping their land rights we can secure for families a Cadastro Ambiental Rural (CAR) and put a stop to unplanned deforestation.

CAR (translated to Rural Environmental Registry) is a government incentive for environmental protection and preservation. Our CAR programme supports Ribeirinhos people with knowledge and information on the value of ecosystem services generated by forests. Small producers with a CAR certificate are able to benefit from cheaper wholesale market prices for agriculture products including seeds, fertilizer and tools for cultivation. Furthermore, CAR certifications mean they can stamp their products with this accreditation, giving more value and credibility to the environmental standards of their products.

The aim is to help the people living on and protecting these lands prepare for greater market demands for sustainably produced products and build capacity among farmers to restore degraded areas while complying with the Forest Code.

The world-leading climate scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that these unique customary land rights reduce deforestation by 250% and at a cost of less than 1% of the total benefits received.

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TIMELINE OF
GROWTH

2007

Pará becomes the first state in Brazil to initiate CAR registration

2008

Amazon Forest People (then known as ADPML) secures 3,000 acres of land in the Portel municipality in the region of Pará, Brazil

2012

Pará becomes the first state in Brazil to initiate CAR registration. Amazon Forest People (AFP) proves that the threat of logging and cattle ranching on this land will result in the potential loss of over 200 million tonnes of carbon stored in the project. AFP donates 200 cooking stoves to the Ribeirinhos community

2013

Relaxation of the previous 1965 forest code in Brazil leads to an increase in deforestat

2014

AFP donates a further 200 cooking stoves to the Ribeirinhos community

2015

Deforestation increases globally by 16%

2016

99% of the area of Pará subject to CAR registration was registered as of October 2016 (Brazilian Forest Service, 2016)

2019

25 families are registered members of the AFP project

2020

The education secretary in Portel and the Mayor show their support by signing a document of recognition 65 families are registered members of the AFP project and new land mapping technologies are implemented for them. AFP’s Brigades and security team prevent 15km2 from being logged. AFP has an official partnership with five professors from the Amazonian University (UNAMA) and University Pará State (UEPA). They will use their master projects to support AFP’s social activities in the field. For example, university students have developed a brick-like building material from the previously discarded seed of the açaí fruit.

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Pará becomes the first state in Brazil to initiate CAR registration

Amazon Forest People (then known as ADPML) secures 3,000 acres of land in the Portel municipality in the region of Pará, Brazil

Pará becomes the first state in Brazil to initiate CAR registration. Amazon Forest People (AFP) proves that the threat of logging and cattle ranching on this land will result in the potential loss of over 200 million tonnes of carbon stored in the project. AFP donates 200 cooking stoves to the Ribeirinhos community

Relaxation of the previous 1965 forest code in Brazil leads to an increase in deforestation

AFP donates a further 200 cooking stoves to the Ribeirinhos community

Deforestation increases globally by 16%

99% of the area of Pará subject to CAR registration was registered as of October 2016 (Brazilian Forest Service, 2016)

25 families are registered members of the AFP project

The education secretary in Portel and the Mayor show their support by signing a document of recognition.
65 families are registered members of the AFP project and new land mapping technologies are implemented for them.
AFP’s Brigades and security team prevent 15km2 from being logged.
AFP has an official partnership with five professors from the Amazonian University (UNAMA) and University Pará State (UEPA). They will use their master projects to support AFP’s social activities in the field. For example, university students have developed a brick-like building material from the previously discarded seed of the açaí fruit.

THREE
PILLARS

AMAZON FOREST PEOPLE IS INTEGRAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. MEANINGFUL STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, CAPACITY BUILDING AND MONITORING ARE THE THREE PILLARS OF OUR PROJECT.

PILLAR 1

Stakeholders have the power, resources and information to steer decision making, and we fully respect their right to free, prior, and informed consent.

PILLAR 1
Stakeholders have the power, resources and information to steer decision making, and we fully respect their right to free, prior, and informed consent.

Communities and stakeholders will participate with and provide input to the project monitoring program. Their continued participation as part of an adaptive management approach to project management will be ensured and verified during each future monitoring period. This process will form the basis for ongoing adjustment and continual improvement to project activities. The stakeholder engagement process has been designed to continue throughout the project lifetime to inform all stages of project development.

PILLAR 2

Health & Hygiene – facilitating techniques which improve drinking water.
Agriculture & Horticulture – facilitating education on how to prepare the earth for better crops and harvests, and understanding of valuable sustainable plants, vegetables and fruits

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We support the development of local infrastructure helping to build capacity by collaborating on business development programmes, training schemes and educational resources on sustainable farming. We facilitate the building of schools, clean water sanitation and opportunities for commerce. We pride ourselves on real opportunities for financial independence which eliminates any need to sacrifice the land to survive.

PILLAR 3

We monitor our activities, consider current risks achieved, and – where possible – how risks might evolve.

CAR

By supporting local inhabitants and mapping their land rights we can secure for families a Cadastro Ambiental Rural (CAR) and put a stop to unplanned deforestation.

CAR (translated to Rural Environmental Registry) is a government incentive for environmental protection and preservation. Our CAR programme supports Ribeirinhos people with knowledge and information on the value of ecosystem services generated by forests. Small producers with a CAR certificate are able to benefit from cheaper wholesale market prices for agriculture products including seeds, fertilizer and tools for cultivation. Furthermore, CAR certifications mean they can stamp their products with this accreditation, giving more value and credibility to the environmental standards of their products.

The aim is to help the people living on and protecting these lands prepare for greater market demands for sustainably produced products and build capacity among farmers to restore degraded areas while complying with the Forest Code.

The world-leading climate scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that these unique customary land rights reduce deforestation by 250% and at a cost of less than 1% of the total benefits received.

Mitigation measures are in place as detailed in our risk assessment. In the context of climate, biodiversity, and sustainable development commitments – including relevant national policies, public expenditures, and private investments – we do not create additional risks to communities or their lands and territories. Through risk analysis and local intelligence, we leverage our police and military contacts in the area to coordinate and provide an additional layer of safety and security for people in our communities.