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

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 REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Forest Degradation) Project is based on the border between the states of Acre and Amazonas.

The project is within the area of the Fazenda Seringal Novo Amapá, which is based between the cities of Manoel Urbano, Pauini and Boca do Acre, in southwestern Amazonia.

The region is threatened due to its location in the so-called “Arc of Deforestation”, an area pressured by cattle raising, logging and highways.

Agrocortex Project is designed to preserve the rich biodiversity of the rainforest that covers 96% of the State of Acre in Brazil and to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. Thus, the project estimates to prevent the emission of 483,594 tons of CO2 per year, therefore, an area of 186,369.66 hectares will be conserved.

In the project area, it is estimated that there are more than 400 species of birds, which represents about 20% of the total species cataloged in Brazil.

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? 

The Agrocortex REDD Project is committed in establishing a barrier against the advance of deforestation, making an important contribution to the conservation of biodiversity in the southwestern Amazon area and also to climate regulation in Brazil and South America

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.

Through fostering local subsistence activities and seeking to create initiatives to extract wood in a non-predatory manner, the project promotes sustainable forest management in the Amazon Forest and social responsibility. Which contributes to the long-term preservation of the environment.

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. 

These projects supports one of the largest sustainable forest exploitation projects in Brazil, based on practices that respect the environment so as never to exhaust natural resources, helping the forest to regenerate.

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 offsetting.