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July 2021

Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve

The project activity conserves threatened tropical rainforest in an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot of the Peruvian Amazon. The lush forests provide habitat for a wide variety of rare and endangered wildlife. The project integrates conservation and sustainable economic development to protect 591,119 hectares forest. By helping local farmers transition to sustainable cacao production in the margins of the protected area, degraded land is being restored to relieve deforestation pressures and provide local communities with forest-friendly and sustainable livelihoods. The project achieves net GHG emission reductions and removals through the avoidance of emissions due to deforestation. VCS and CCB certified, the project is part of the Althelia Climate Fund and implemented by AIDER, a local Peruvian NGO. In 2015, it won the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award for innovation and excellence in tackling climate change.

Forest Protected
591,119 ha
Equivalent to
10x Manhattan, NY
Est. Annual Reduction
457,750 tonnes CO2

The project diligently tracks seven impact areas and overlooks the production of sustainable commodities. Moreover, the project sets a measurable goals for each of the impact areas.

The targeted goals to be reached by the end of the 2021 are as follows:

  •  Climate: 4.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided
  •  Ecosystems: 591,000 hectares of threatened forests protected
  •  Species: 30 High Conservation Value species protected including giant otter, blue-headed macaw and giant armadillo
  •  Livelihoods: 632 jobs created or supported
  •  Inclusivity: 15% of jobs held by women
  •  Sustainable Enterprise: Developing a cacao cooperative including building a cacao processing facility
  •  Fair Economic Return: €2.9m contributed to local economy
  •  Sustainable Commodities: Fair Trade and Organic fine, aromatic cacao; Brazil nuts

The project has four key levers to achieve net greenhouse gas emission reductions and removals:

Improve forest protection measures:
Strengthen surveillance activities within the Reserve to identify human influences and predict and prevent activities that degrade the forest. This includes employing additional rangers and constructing ranger stations.

Perform biological monitoring:
Monitor and record HCV species health and numbers in the forest.

Support biological research:
The Reserve is an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot, therefore helps to coordinate and facilitate biological and conservation research and knowledge.

Drive sustainable economic development:
The project works collaboratively with local communities to advance sustainable economic development. By integrating conservation and production activities, the project aims to support 632 jobs by 2021. AIDER works closely with local communities to restore 4,000 hectares of degraded land to cultivate high quality cacao. By 2021, the project will have aggregated 400 smallholder farmers into the COOPASER cooperative it founded in 2014.

Our 2020 Impact

45,930 tonnes of carbon offset
Carbon statement
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