We find power…through recognising that we are all, without exception, vulnerable to suffering and all part of one human family. As a family, we each have a responsibility for minimising that suffering and attending to each other’s wellbeing.
RHONDA V. MAGEE, AUTHOR
We work with community leaders, villagers, farmers, parents, school teachers, ministers, rangers, officials, government and business professionals.
Through interviews and site visits, we have made it our mission to build relationships. We’ve taken the time to gain the trust of all those we work with and ensure we understand each community’s vision and desires for their present and future conditions. Our project is as much about improving wellbeing as it is about protecting biodiversity and mitigating climate change.
“BY HAVING WIFI WE FEEL MUCH SAFER, WE CAN REPORT AN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AND LOOK OUT FOR OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER. THE SOLAR PANELS ALSO MEAN WE CAN SAFELY PRESERVE OUR FOOD.”
COMMUNITY SANTA MARIA
INCLUDING 180 CHILDREN
"I AM INCREDIBLY HAPPY TO HAVE HAD THE CAR DONE FOR ME. WITH THIS DOCUMENTATION I CAN RECEIVE LOANS TO INVEST IN MY PROPERTY."
MARIA JECITA DE OLIVEIRA
RODRIGUES AND HER FAMILY
NOSSA SENHORA APARECIDA COMMUNITY
The IPPC report Climate Benefits, Tenure Costs: The Economic Case for Securing Indigenous Land Rights confirms that the modest investments needed to secure land rights for indigenous communities will generate billions in returns – economically, socially and environmentally.
WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF UK GOVERNMENTS AND INVESTORS, WE RISK LOSING OVER 200 MILLION TONNES OF CARBON STORED IN THE PROJECT AREA. BUT THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT INVESTING IN CARBON. IT’S ABOUT PROTECTING AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS, INJUSTICE AND THREATS TO LIVELIHOOD.
Areas like this are being illegally logged, slashed and burned. Without investment and action, the region will vanish completely by 2030, to be replaced by soy and cattle farms.
FACING THE THREAT
Our site visits and risk assessment show first-hand the immediate threat from pioneer activities, cattle-ranching, expansion of unofficial roads and land clearing. A direct study of the area by Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. (DNV) concludes that these kinds of activities produce no financial benefits other than VCS related income. Without security we put in place, the risk of a land rush is extremely high.
Pressured by loggers to begin extracting in the area, families are at risk every day – there is strong evidence to suggest that loggers have used intimidation, violence, and murder to protect their interests.
Due to the lack of navy and police resources, the local population feel vulnerable to the loggers. More than 300 people have reportedly been killed during the last decade in the context of conﬂicts over the use of land and resources in the Amazon.
Without support from Amazon Forest People, these families do not have their basic necessities met.
Health and social care, emergency and medical response, clean water and sanitation, basic education, living wages, financial and business knowledge and opportunities become a moot point without us, as isolated communities live hand to mouth to survive.
The people on this land are the rightful guardians and stewards of over 200 million tonnes of carbon with the capacity to reduce carbon emissions by 65 million tonnes over the next 40 years.
The forest itself is a major player in determining global climate. It pulls the most important greenhouse gas from the air and puts it in storage.It transpires water, creating clouds that carry moisture around the world. Its role in creating weather systems directly impact our global climate. However, as the forest is degraded and destroyed, the power of the Amazon to mitigate global climate change is weakened.
HELP US BE STRONG.
By facilitating sustainable local livelihoods, reframing the value of the land with respect for sustainable farming hand in hand with biodiversity protection and the protection of traditional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing, we are making it our job to support these communities to care for this valuable resource.
The global community looks towards leading business, banks and organisations to play a part in solutions for social, economic and environmental justice.
HELP US DO OUR JOB.
The Amazon Forest People’s project is 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.
WE CANNOT STOP CLIMATE CHANGE OR MITIGATE THE THREATS TO THE AMAZON WITHOUT ENDING DEFORESTATION AND EMPOWERING LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CONTRIBUTE TO A SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
When you buy a carbon certificate from us, you are supporting sustainable livelihoods and protecting our climate.
When you invest with us, you are able to shape the project. We invite all our supporters to share ideas that will help combat the threats of deforestation as well as the threats to civil liberties, health and wellbeing and justice.
When your business pledges its support we will assist your efforts to engage and motivate your employees and customers in your carbon neutral journey. An example of this is our offset business schemes on residual carbon and our Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) consultancy service.
We offer all our clients the opportunity to work towards our Vera verified standard and to use our Carbon-free verified environmental system. In addition to this, we can calculate your carbon footprint in line with IPPX ISO14064.
You can join us on field trips and unite with our marketing and PR campaigns to raise your CSR profile.
The Amazon is a force that counteracts global warming, it has an enormous impact on weather systems worldwide, its water systems prevent droughts on opposite sides of the world, its carbon stores prevent harmful gasses from entering our atmosphere, its biodiversity provides endless health benefits to the global community and its people have the legal right to guardian this vital resource.
However, current research from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) suggests that if we don’t act now to support, protect, restore and empower, then more than half the rainforest could transform from a flourishing forest to a “desolate savannah” in less than 30 years.It’s not too late to make a difference.
With your support, we can succeed with local commitments that reap a global reward.