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.
Founded in 2013, the Ituxi Forestry Farm REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Project is based in the town of Lábrea, in the south of Amazonas, Brazil.
The region is in the “Arc of Deforestation” and is the fourth most deforested city in Amazonas’ state.
The reason is the remote location, added to the lack of inspection by government agencies, which catalyzes land grabbing, deforestation and illegal logging.
The Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi project was founded with the aim to protect the Amazon and prevent deforestation, with an estimate of avoiding the emission of 720.470 tons of greenhouse gases (GHG). In 30 years, more than 46,592,000 hectares of the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest will be conserved.
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 project is certified following the VCS (Verified Carbon Standard), in addition to the implementation of a rigorous monitoring system in the region that ensures the proper preservation of the project area.
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.
With the aim to fight the high degree of deforestation in the region, the project is committed to local social and environmental development. Therefore, it encourages sustainable management, in addition to enabling the local community to explore forest resources in a sustainable way, both in cattle raising and in the cultivation of açaí and nuts.
Also, workers from Lábrea receive technical training in sustainable cattle raising and forest management. The project Fazenda Florestal Ituxi also aims, in the future, to install a small factory for processing non-wood products and a nursery for the production of seedlings.
Today, the project preserves the Amazon biome and its rich diversity, avoiding the predatory use of the forest and deforestation by promoting sustainable activities for the socioeconomic development of the region.
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.