The Trocano Araretama Conservation project is a unique pilot project in the Amazonia region of Brazil with 3 core goals; to reduce deforestation, to protect Natural Capital and to provide much needed social benefits such as education, healthcare and livelihood enhancements.
Protect Natural Capital
Provide Social Benefits
The Trocano project is the result of a Municipal and private enterprise partnership, and has been in development since 2010. The project has been developed using the Natural Forest Standard guidelines and has been closely followed and encouraged by Governmental, Corporate and NGO stakeholders and acknowledged as a positive advancement in the fight to avoid deforestation and loss of habitat.
The project’s main objective is to monitor and avoid deforestation through the use of satellite imagery from NASA, PRODES, ESA, and RapidEye, which are enhanced by on the ground patrols, community participation and regular aerial observation flyovers. The project also monitors and enhances biodiversity, combining local knowledge with scientific knowhow to collate data on important species of flora and fauna present in the project area.
Of the 105 communities present in the project area, only 9 have adequate supply of electricity. One of the goals of the project will be to supply sufficient power through solar, biomass and biogas generators, to provide safe drinking water and the basic electricity needs of the communities. Due to the remoteness of many communities, 18 educational zones are being developed by the Municipality. The project will enhance these efforts by providing computers, educational materials, and transport for these centres.
The Natural Forest Standard (NFS) is a credible yet simple set of criteria that provides integrity for the Natural Capital Credits that are generated. The NFS combines the carbon, socio-economic and biodiversity benefits of a project and gives equal emphasis to all three values.
The NFS ensures that all project-based emission reduction assertions are independently verified to meet its criteria and represents real, quantifiable, additional and permanent project-based emission reductions.
The Standard requires independent, third-party validation and verification to be carried out on all projects using the ISO14064 and ISO14065 guidelines.