Amazon tribe certifies forest carbon conservation project
Setting a precedent for other forest-dependent groups to seek compensation for safeguarding their native forests, the Paiter-Surui, a tribe of 1300 individuals, announced this week that their Surui Forest Carbon Project has been validated under both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard Gold.
These standards are the most accepted worldwide for accrediting projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (or REDD+).
“Future generations also have the right to live, the right to have forests,” said Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, the chief of the Paiter-Surui. “This project makes it possible for us to preserve the forest as providers of an ecosystem service”.
“It is also an important political and legal instrument to recognize the rights of indigenous people for the carbon in their standing forests ……. it helps in our dialog with the government, businesses, and other sectors, strengthening the autonomy of indigenous peoples to manage our territories.”
Part of a 50-year plan by the Paiter-Surui to sustain their culture and forests while boosting income for the tribe, there is hope within Brazil that it can become a model for other indigenous groups. The last few decades have seen the Paiter-Surui fighting off encroachment by ranchers and loggers, while the landscape around the Surui reserve has been largely deforested or severely degraded.