The destruction of forests accounts for about 30% of the Brazilian emissions of greenhouse gases, further accentuating the adverse effects of climate change. On the other hand, the existing tropical rainforest stocks 1,000 billion tons of CO2, roughly double of the existing value in the atmosphere. Pricing the carbon stored in the standing forest is a viable way to finance its preservation.

 

This is how the Jufari Project was born, in which Ekos Brasil implemented the Jufari Research Base in an important area of the Rio Negro, representative of the Amazonian ecosystem.

Objective: to conserve the Amazon biome’s biodiversity and preserve the carbon stock, while promoting the self-esteem, confidence, and economic autonomy of the local population.

Activities: setting a Jufari Research Base to generate information and scientific data. The main research areas are: carbon stock in the tropical forest, and biodiversity and sustainable community development.

Partners: the main partners were the University of São Paulo Zoology Museum, the National Institute of Amazonian Research and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Results:

  • Stock of 197 tC/ha. Analysis based on biomass growth assessments.
  • 2,500 people through 14 communities living in harmony with the forest.
  • Three types of Amazonian rivers: Negro, Branco, Xixuaú with a higher pH level and dissolved mineral content, creating an environment for thousands of fish and other aquatic species;
  • More than 450 identified bird species from a total of 650 known Amazon species, including the magnificent Harpia eagle, an important indicator of the good conservation status of the region
  • A center for diffusion of stingless bee species from the Amazon