Learn more about the Santa Maria Project

Founded in 2009, the Santa Maria REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Forest Degradation) Project is based in the town of Colniza, in the north of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

The region is part of Brazil’s Amazon Forest and the ‘Arc of Deforestation,’ where the agricultural border is rapidly advancing due to extensive deforestation. Santa Maria encompasses 500 thousand km² of land, going from the east and south of the Brazilian state of Pará towards the west, passing through the states of Mato Grosso, Rondônia, and Acre.

The FSM-REDD project was founded with the goal of local preservation and will prevent more than an estimated 20 million tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere over the next 30 years. More than 71,7140 hectares of the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest will now be preserved, an area equivalent to the size of the city of New York.

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The project is certified following the VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) and SocialCarbon protocols, in addition to the implementation of a rigorous monitoring system in the region that ensures the proper preservation of the project area.

Through its commitment to socio-environmental development at the local level, the project activities include a partnership with a state government park nearby in order to introduce a new fire department and other resources to the area..

The Santa Maria Project also fosters initiatives that are economical and ecologically viable. For example, the project promotes technical environmental education for the local youth in a partnership with the government of the municipality of Colniza.

The aim of the project is to disseminate the tools necessary to prevent the overexploitation of the forest and its deforestation while pursuing local development.


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