Get to know the Amazon Rio REDD+ IFM Project

Do you know the impacts brought on by carbon credits? Get to know the Amazon Rio REDD+ IFM Project and have a better understanding of it! 

Are you familiar with how carbon credits help in the preservation of the Amazon, and with projects such as the Amazon Rio REDD + IFM Project? Carbon credits, or Certified Emissions Reduction are certificates issued to an individual or company that has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions.

Each credit corresponds to one ton of carbon dioxide, the measurement works as a means of enabling the accounting of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions  as well as its trading value. In other words, by means of a platform, such as MOSS’, it is now possible to establish a carbon market, where credits are sold to companies or individuals. And with the funding, help in the reduction of global warming and preservation of the Amazon rainforest is now possible.

The project has a holistic approach and follows a set of goals in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It is a partner of the Amazon Rio: contributing to global climate maintenance by means of activities that prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Replacing selective forest exploitation by means of a biodiversity conservation project; preserving traditional community culture, bringing income and local development.

In this way, carbon credit sales enables projects like this to be developed. Get to know it! 

What is the Amazon Rio REDD+ IFM Project? 

The Amazon Rio REDD + IFM Project consists of a conservation of a four private area mosaic labeled Amazon Rio I, II, III and IV. Together they add up to 20.387 hectares of primary forest, located in the Manicoré municipality in the state of Amazonas. 

The project began in 2012, planned to last 37 years, and eligible for an extension. The main goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by means of mitigated degradation. To attain that goal, the actions developed foresee: forest and biodiversity ecosystem conservation; sustainable social development of the region, including the promotion of eco touring and scientific research, and the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by containing deforestation and forest degradation.

In February 2011, the area was acquired by the Brazilian Forest Conservation Company, which in turn, in order to put the project goals into action made two important decisions: paralyzing the wood extraction ongoing within the project area since 1999 and transforming it into Sustainable Development Private Reserve. Consequently, it was possible to prevent greenhouse gas emissions and its environmental impacts to the flora and fauna which would be brought on by wood benefit and exploration. In replacement, an alternative soil use project was implemented, with no environmental impacts whatsoever, and involved local communities as agents of the process.

The Amazon Rio REDD IFM Project was structured to prevent the emissions of approximately 3.2 million tons of carbon, directly benefiting over 450 families in an area of 20 thousand hectares of Amazon biodiversity, It is also important to consider the fact that the local communities use the project areas for their subsistence, by means of forest product extraction, such as nuts, fruits, oils, vines, as well as hunting and fishing.

What are the project impacts? 

The project is still under development, however, it is already possible to notice a few advances. Regarding climate, when ecosystems are in balance, there is greater ecological and social resilience as well as adaptability to shifting conditions. In other words, a protected forest is more suited to endure variations such as a drought or excessive rains.

The estimate is that each year around 86.734,00 (tCO2e) will be reduced. Besides that, with the creation of sustainable conservation units, biological mappings and inventories, the project can protect bird species, the aquatic biome, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

There are other expected impacts to be attained: the end of selective logging, mainly, the copaíba jacaré, garrote, envira cutia, copaíba mari-mari and paricá species, which represent 89% of the wood extracted in the region. The project also seeks out the reduction of commercial fishing of the tambaqui and pirarucu species, as well as the hunting of mammals and birds.

From a social point of view, Amazon IFM has a strong presence among the population in the region. The forest’s wood and non-wood products are used by fifteen riverside communities in the area. Especially in the case of the Brazil nut, where trade relies on support from local corporations.

In other words, the Amazon Rio REDD+ IFM project has the goal of bringing on positive ecological impacts, keeping forests upright a appreciating Amazon conservation. Besides that, the benefits of such projects go beyond environmental preservation, which also positively impacts communities in the region surrounding the project, and consequently, improvement of the local community.

With these protective activities directed towards extractivism and preservation, the population doesn’t have to migrate to other municipalities in order to attain subsistence and with cooperative assistance, are able to have a livelihood from the forest. If you are interested in this project and would like to help it keep on going, visit MOSS’ platform and purchase carbon credits. 

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The positive impacts of the Agrocortex project

The Agrocortex project is preventing deforestation in the Amazon, helping in the preservation of the local biodiversity, fauna and water resources.

Have you ever heard of the Agrocortex project? MOSS is the biggest environmental platform in the world promoting innovation, forest preservation, as well as  the economic and social development of unassisted regions by means of carbon credit sales. 

MOSS’ objective is to fight global warming and foment sustainable actions to ensure a better planet for future generations. To reach these goals, the organization works as a carbon credit sales platform. 

The funding from carbon credit purchases goes directly into partner projects, making forest maintenance feasible and assisting community development around it. These transactions make supporting projects such as the Agrocortex possible, therefore saving the Amazon rainforest.

To have a better understanding of the carbon credit market and check on the work being done by Agrocortex, read this article all the way through.. 

What is MOSS and the carbon credit market? 

MOSS believes that the positive impact to the Amazon rainforest is only the beginning of all the good carbon credits can do around the world. That is why we developed a carbon credit trading platform. It can be used by individuals and companies as well. For companies, MOSS offers solutions and consulting in order to enable organizations to minimize their impacts by purchasing carbon compensation.

Carbon credits represent or correspond to one ton of carbon dioxide. Therefore, this very measurement is geared towards calculating the greenhouse gas emissions reduction and enabling its trading value.

A carbon credit is a commodity, and for that reason, it is traded in dollars. Other than that, it is worth highlighting that MOSS has no control over its pricing. In other words, pricing is defined by secondary markets.

The assets are sold on the platform and go through rigorous processes which follow international standards. The certification of MOSS selected credits follow the  VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) global protocol, which ensures credit ballast, in order to avoid double counts. 

For the transaction, MOSS uses the MCO2 Token, the first global scale carbon credit token, that offers ease, transparency, and security for carbon footprint compensation. By means of MCO2 token purchases, MOSS clients have already sent USD 10 Million in 8 months to conservation projects in the Amazon rainforest. That amount represents a preservation of approximately 1 Million hectares.  

What is Agrocortex Acre Wood?

Agrocortex Acre Wood is a company in the brazilian forestry sector focused on sustainability. It unites environmental conservation through forest management in the Amazon Rainforest with social responsibility by means of quality of life improvements to the people in the region the project is inserted.

Sustainable forest management is a means of interacting with the forrest with the purpose of wood extraction. The goal is to minimize the impacts to the rainforest and assist in woodlands and local biodiversity conservation. Consequently, we can say that sustainable management stimulates forest development. Over 400 species of birds are estimated to inhabit the Agrocortex project area, which represent about 20% of all cataloged species in Brazil.

Founded in 2014, Agrocortex is committed to managing all operational activities related to forest management and the timber industry. Activities are split between the Seringal Novo Macapá Farm, located on the state border of Acre and Amazonas, and their plant in Manoel Urbano/AC, the nearest city to the farm. 

The company funds one of the biggest sustainable forest exploration projects in Brazil geared towards long term wood production, based on practices that respect the environment in a way that would never strain the natural resources and even contribute with forest regeneration. Besides that, it is the only Sustained Forest Management Plan in Brazil authorized to explore the Swietenia macrophylla king species (Mahogany) conforming with specific legislation and the follow up from the CITES Technical Scientific Committee.

What is the goal of the REED Agrocortex Project? 

Sustainable management is the solution to protecting the forests covering 96% of the state of Acre. Therefore, the main goal of the REDD Agrocortex Project is to prevent unplanned deforestation (AUD) of the project area, of 186.369,66 ac. The annual estimated emission reduction is of 483.594 tCO2.  

The project area is located in the Seringal Novo Macapá Farm, which is located in the Manoel Urbano, Pauini, and Boca do Acre municipalities, in Acre and Amazonas states, southeast region of the Amazon Rainforest. The property is located in the so-called “Amazon Deforestation Arch”, under pressure from all sides by livestock farming, legal and illegal wood extraction, and road construction. 

Other than contributing to the long term conservation of the region, the Agrocortex REDD Project also has the role of establishing a barrier against advancing deforestation, providing an important contribution to biodiversity conservation in the southeast of the Amazon and also to climate regulation in Brazil and South America. 

In 2020, the Agrocortex REDD Project was the winner of the Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings 2020 Prize, in the Best Individual Compensation Project. “From 2014 to 2020, the project prevented deforestation of 5.300 hectares of woodlands. Besides that, it resulted in jobs and income to one of the poorest regions in Brazil”, explained Marcos Pretto, Agrocortex CEO. 

The Agrocortex REDD Project relies on VCS certifications, SocialCarbon and FSC®, and 100% of carbon credit sales are reinvested in the project.

What are the future prospects?

For such projects to keep on going, it is vital that people, companies, and governments unite to raise, mainly, awareness on the importance of the forest as well as attract investment and incentive that cover projects like Agrocortex. 

Currently, Brazil only certifies 5 million credits per year, but has the potential to certify 1.5 billion. If credit pricing gets closer to current european amount, there is a potential for it to result in 60 billion dollars in exportations for the brazilian Amazon rainforest.

In conclusion, projects such as the Agrocortex brings on social inclusion, economic development, forest protection and carbon compensation. If you are interested in the subject and would like to be an agent of change by helping this and other projects, visit our platform and register today!

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Get to know the Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi project

The Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi project aims to protect the forest located in one of the regions with the highest deforestation rate in the Amazon Rainforest: the municipality of Lábrea.

Have you ever heard about the Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi project? MOSS is an environmental online platform that offers an easy way of combating climate change, promoting the preservation of forests, and, consequently, preserving the planet.

Our mission is to offset the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, with the development of a new carbon credit market. In other words, credit projects are a solution to creating a sustainable and regenerative system, positively impacting the environment, society, and the economy.

With the purchasing of carbon credits, projects can be financed, enabling forest maintenance and helping the development of the communities around it. One of the financial projects for the sale of carbon credits is Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi.

How does the carbon credit market work?

Carbon credits are digital certificates that represent how much carbon dioxide (CO2) a company has refrained from releasing into the atmosphere or how much of its emission has been avoided through environmental projects.

MOSS stands out as the largest environmental platform in the world that offers this service. On our digital platform, credits can be bought and sold in a secure and transparent market. After all, they are audited by international institutions that regulate the registration of credits in accordance with global protocols.

With the discussion on the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), it is possible to bring global warming to everyone’s awareness and stimulate societal debate on the subject, exposing the biggest polluters. From this awareness, interesting ideas and solutions emerge, such as the purchase of carbon credits that benefit important projects, such as Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi.

The funds from the purchase of carbon credits goes directly into certified projects for the preservation of the Amazon Rainforest, which includes combating deforestation, acting against global warming, and protecting the region’s fauna, flora, and water resources.

What is the Fortaleza Ituxi REDD Farm Project?  

The REDD Fortaleza Ituxi project aims to protect forests located in one of the regions with the highest deforestation rate in the Amazon Rainforest: the municipality of Lábrea. The project also includes the implementation of activities that support and ensure sustainable forest management, benefiting the local community.

The acronym REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, which is an incentive to financially reward projects that are reducing deforestation. With sustainable activities, it is possible to avoid greenhouse gas emissions associated with deforestation and forest degradation.

The REDD Fortaleza Ituxi project 

The Fazenda Ituxi is located in the south of the Amazon Rainforest and has 150 thousand hectares of environmental preservation. Its objective is to maintain sustainable management and avoid deforestation, boost training of the local community, which depends on the forest, with the cultivation of açaí and chestnuts, for example. Therefore, by stimulating this project, it enables keeping the forest and families safe.

The forest management plan started implementation in 2013 and has a proposed duration of 30 years. By 2015, a reduction of 1,181,732 tCO2 of greenhouse gas emissions was estimated. However, the starting of this implementation was very challenging, due to squatters, invaders, and the awareness of local residents.

Ricardo Stoppe Jr. is the owner of Fazenda Ituxi. And he recalls how in the beginning they called him crazy. “When we started, the locals disdained the project and told me to deforest everything and raise cattle. Today, a few years later, recurrently, they come to me asking about the project and how they can invest too ”.

Currently, Ricardo is very confident and happy with the results of the project. “If the financial viability continues with the sale of carbon credits, I really believe that the Amazon Rainforest can be saved.” The owner of the farm points out that the most difficult part was getting people to understand the project and its benefits beyond the financial aspect. Today, Ricardo points out that there is already a demand for other people to invest in new areas, which are also very deforested.

Sustainable forest management is the main objective of the project. The success of Fazenda Ituxi can be explained by the seriousness and supervision with which everything is carried out. Therefore, with the presence of workers in management activities, investments in security and training, invasion pressures within the project area are inhibited. There are also other benefits, such as the preservation of local biodiversity, fauna, and water resources.

How can you help?

Have you ever heard that, on average, a person generates more than 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide a year? Imagine that value when multiplying by all the inhabitants of the planet? Therefore, not only companies, but citizens are also to be held responsible for pollution.

When buying a carbon credit, it is possible to contribute to the environment, preventing 1 ton of carbon dioxide from being generated, collaborating positively with the change in the current reality.

Even though the funds of the commercialization of these credits are intended for social and environmental projects, such as the Fortaleza Ituxi project. Therefore, the more credits are traded, the greater the perception of the forest’s value, reducing deforestation and making it more profitable to keep it standing than to cut it down.

So, you can and should also help the Amazon Rainforest by promoting projects such as Fazenda Ituxi. When you buy carbon credits, you will positively impact society, being just the beginning of all the good that this market can bring to the forests.

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Blockchain: What is it and what is it for?

Get to know the workings of the technology that is revolutionizing not only worldwide business structures, but also your daily life.

The subject might even bring on some fear. And it makes sense. Understanding – and also trying to explain – what blockchain is, is always tough, even though it has been in operation for over 11 years. This occurs mainly due to the complexity of the technology, and how it is responsible for one of the biggest innovations of our time.

Blockchain has been transforming market structures, speeding up processes in different industries, and is present in your daily lives – we`ll get there. But before that, let’s look into how it works.

HOW BLOCKCHAIN OPERATES

To put it simply: blockchain is a decentralized worldwide network of thousands of computers working in an accelerated manner and on a large scale, verifying data and the transactions registered to it.

Each verification creates a block, which in turn works as a form of validation. For example, if you register a real estate sale contract data on blockchain, that data will run the network and be verified by the computers. This avoids, for instance, the same real estate being sold to more than one person – just to briefly mention one of blockchain’s aspects.

An accounting textbook wouldn’t cover the vast technological, agility and worldwide visibility aspects. This doesn’t also mean that the whole world would be able to see the data on your real estate sales contract. Only the validation verification is disclosed, with information such as time and date.

BUT IS BLOCKCHAIN RELIABLE? 

The verified blocks are encrypted, which makes them inviolable. They cannot be corrupted or erased. And, since the network is interlinked, any likeness in a piece of data or code representing any transaction whatsoever, cannot be repeated. If it is repeated, the network won’t validate it.

That’s why, one of the most widely used words by specialists to describe blockchain is trustworthy. 

This is where a doubt may occur: who performs these validations? Is there someone sitting in front of the computer verifying each piece of data? You know, logically there isn’t, it is humanly impossible. But that is a matter for our next article – dive deeper into the blockchain subject.

BLOCKCHAIN IN MY EVERYDAY LIFE?

If you found it strange when we said it at the beginning, that’s okay. Since the technology is tough to explain in a simple manner – even to those who work directly with it -, blockchain goes by unnoticed.

Any  company can use blockchain: be it to register employee data, internal processes and products, even to register operations with clients. The network is also used for financial transactions.

But how can I access it? There are several companies that offer blockchain usage platforms. Besides that, several structures of “blocks in a chain” derived from the first blockchain, which began operating with an open source code in 2009.

When blockchain is used by a store or factory for instance, the processes, in a general way, keep on being the same as they normally are. Such as client registration software, products, stock, services, etc. What changes, at blockchain, is that it is a worldwide network operating base, safe and efficient – which we hope to have helped you get to know better.

Don’t miss out on our coming content. MOSS – other than trading carbon credit tokens in blockchain and saving forests -, produces exclusive material so that you can be up to date on the latest relevant themes. And help you help the planet.

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The increased deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

From August 2019 to July 31st 2020,  9205km² of the Amazon forest area was deforested. 

In the last few years, logging in the Amazon Rainforest has grown exponentially. Even with the rise in the number of institutes and projects that seek to protect the forest, like the Ituxi farm project, unfortunately, the amount of deforested area continues to grow.  

The Amazon Rainforest is known as an ecological services repository for the local community and regional indigenous people as much as for the rest of the world. It represents a third of the world’s tropical forests and plays an essential role in maintaining the ground quality, storing fresh water, and protecting the local flora and fauna.

The process that occurs in the forest, as evaporation and transpiration, also helps maintain the climatic balance of several regions of the country. However, as the Amazon Rainforest is deforested, it intensifies global warming and affects all forest processes.

The relevance of the Amazon Rainforest 

Do you know what the relevance of the Amazon Rainforest is to the world’s ecosystem? This place contains more than half of the planet’s biodiversity and plays an unique role in the use of water resources. This region concentrates 20% of the world’s fresh water, it provides drinkable water, it is used for inland waterways, and as an energy source. Brazil has the world’s second-biggest forest area, surpassed only by Russia. The Brazilian forest has an area of 500,000,000-hectares, practically twice the size of India or Argentina. 

Because of this huge diversity, this region’s plants and animals provide a basis for the production of medicine that can save millions of lives all over the world. Researchers believe that less than 0,5% of the flora species were carefully analyzed as to their medical potential. However, with the fast increase of deforestation, there is a risk of the extinction of many plants and animals before being studied, eliminating a major source of biotechnology development. 

The Amazon Rainforest also contributes economically to the life of 400 thousand families that work with extractivism. Which means the extraction of non-wood products as oils, resins, herbs, and fruits. This activity, if moderately used, doesn’t harm the environment and brings economic benefits to the local population, improving their quality of life, and maintaining people throughout the countryside.

The Amazon Rainforest has the world’s biggest carbon inventory. The volume is so large that if you think of the 10 countries that produce the most, Brazil by itself produces more than the sum of the 4º to 10º. Even being that not all Brazilian credits are “verifiable”, thinking of the current value of a carbon credit, 30 USD, Brazil would have a wealth of 1,5 trillion USD. 

The progression of the deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

In 2019, the Amazon Rainforest deforestation has grown 34% more than the previous year. In April 2020, the states that lost most forest areas were:  Pará (32%), Mato Grosso (26%), Rondônia (19%), Amazonas (18%), Roraima (4%) e Acre (1%).

The deforestation has grown 90% in indigenous lands along with the lack of confidence that whoever is responsible would be punished. One of the biggest motivations for deforestation are the speeches of the Brazilian President and the Minister of Environment, which underestimate the severity of what is happening with the forest. 

The Amazon Rainforest deforestation is a concern for Brazil, as for the rest of the world. After all, this situation leads to meaningful changes in the functioning of the planet’s ecosystem. Besides deforestation, the burning of forests also worries the protection of the area. The IPAM researchers calculated that if deforestation keeps the accelerated cadence, almost 9 thousand square kilometers may become ashes.

The role of the forest in the ecosystem 

The forest plays a key role in the reduction of pollution levels. In natural conditions, trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere and absorb it for photosynthesis. With this process, plants derive oxygen, which is relieved in the air, and carbon, that remains within it to keep the plant growing. Due to photosynthesis, nowadays, the Amazon Rainforest storage is similar to a decade of global greenhouse gas emissions

But, because of deforestation and forest fires, around 200,000,000 tons of carbon are released into the atmosphere, which represents about 2,2% of the global emissions. To make things worse, where there used to be tropical forests, became grassland to feed cattle.

Livestock farming also releases CO2 into the atmosphere, increasing pollution levels. This business doesn’t bring environmental or economic benefits. The economic profit of extensive farming in the Amazon corresponds to only 4% if compared to sustainable wood exploration, which has proceeds of 71%.

Changing this reality 

Therefore, for an effective change to this reality, it is important and necessary that the governmental agencies intensify surveillance and that congress creates laws with stricter punishments for deforestation and forest fires. While this hasn’t happened, it is possible for citizens to contribute to diminishing the negative impacts of these practices. 

There are many projects being developed in the Amazon Rainforest, with the purpose of keeping the forest alive and diminishing deforestation. These projects have positive impacts on the environment, the social aspect, and the economic life of that population. And they are financed by the selling of carbon credits. 

The carbon credits are digital certificates that represent how much carbon dioxide (CO2) a company didn’t release in the atmosphere or how much their emissions were neutralized by social projects. Consequently, by buying 1 carbon credit you avoid 1 ton of carbon to be released, contributing to the maintenance of the forest. 

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