Learn more about the Madre de Dios Project

Founded in 2009, the Madre de Dios REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Forest Degradation) Project is based in Tahuamanu, Peru, less than 18 miles from the new Interoceanic Highway that connects Brazil to the Pacific Ocean and Peruvian ports.

The project is within the region that belongs to the Vilcabamba-Amboró Ecological Corridor, a national rainforest and one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. This area stretches from the Apurímac preservation area in Peru to Amboró National Park in Bolivia.

Due to the new highway, the conservation area is at risk. The new road system is facilitating the immigration of new settlers into the region who engage in land occupation and economic activities in a disorganized and unsustainable way.

The Madre de Dios Project is designed to preserve the rich biodiversity of the rainforest and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With an area of 97,817.14 hectares, equivalent to the size of Berlin, the project expects to prevent the emission of 25 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere over the next 30 years.

The project is certified following VCS (Verified Carbon Standard), CCB Gold (Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance), and SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) protocols, which guarantee its social and environmental sustainability and confirms that carbon calculations have been done following appropriate methodologies.

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Madre de Dios additionally encourages economic growth and education for the indigenous and other local communities through sustainable activities.

The project activities are coordinated with local communities and include:

– Improvements in artisanal production;
– Development of sustainable production and increased productivity of latex;
– Development of agroforestry systems in rural communities to avoid deforestation caused by the subsistence farming of cocoa and other local species; and
– Implementation of ecotourism.

The Madre de Dios Project’s success lies in equally prioritizing the socioeconomic development of local communities and the preservation of the Peruvian Amazon region by drastically reducing deforestation, protecting the habitat of endangered species, and preserving the local culture and economy.

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