Ecuador: reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
The Ecuadorean Amazon Region is suffering from widespread deforestation. In this community REDD+ project, deforestation is planned to be reduced in close cooperation with the local communities. The 30,000 hectares of forest in the project area belong to three Kichwas (or Quechuas) communities. Each community has divided their land into small farms, managed by the family that inhabits them. Every farm consists of a patch of agricultural land and a patch of primary forest. This primary forest is degrading as a result of selective harvesting of trees in the region.
This project aims to avoid deforestation and enhance carbon stocks through the implementation of improved agricultural and agro forestry techniques as well promoting sustainable forest management. The resulting avoided deforestation will translate into carbon revenues, which, in turn, will provide an alternative source of income for the Kichwas communities.
Total emission reductions: appr. 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. This equals the emissions of about 10,000 kilometres driven by car.
Wildlife habitat improvement
The Ecuadorian Amazon is considered one of the richest animal habitats in the world with e.g. monkeys, jaguars, caimans, toucans and macaws. The project contributes to the conservation of biodiversity by maintaining this natural habitat through avoiding deforestation and preventing forest degradation.
Improving agro forestry practices such as mixing cocoa plantations with valuable tree species.
Implementing a wood extraction process and establishing a new value chain.
Jobs / Income
The project facilitates the implementation of income-generating agro forestry activities as well as the establishment of short term productive projects in order to generate immediate income.
The resulting avoided deforestation will translate into carbon revenues, which provide an alternative source of income for the communities.
Through this project we ensure capacity building within the community by strengthening leadership, internal regulations and improving financing and accounting procedures.
The project also includes controlling illegal logging in the project area.
Together with our Latin American office, we are working with these Kichwas communities to implement this project. The Kichwas communities are managed through a self-developed board structure and all community members are consulted during the decision-making processes.
The project area itself belongs to three Kichwas communities: Juan Pio Montufar, San Francisco de Asis and Estrella Yacu. As landowners, the Kichwas are also the owners of the carbon rights.