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Amazon Conservation Team Helps Indigenous Tribe Launch Carbon Fund at COP16 in Cancún

by Amazon Conservation Team — last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:30 AM
December 2010



Dec. 6, 2010 - The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), together with the Metareilá Association of Brazil's Surui indigenous people and in partnership with Forest Trends, the Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Amazon (IDESAM), the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO) and the Kanindé Association for Ethno-Environmental Protection, announced the launch of the Surui Carbon Fund during a panel at the United Nations COP16 climate conference in Cancún, Mexico. The initiative is part of the Surui Carbon Project, initiated in 2007 for organizations that wish to fund environmental protection and sustainable production activities and to improve the local capacity of indigenous peoples through the sale of carbon credits.

The Fund-created at the suggestion of the Surui-will enable the indigenous group to begin marketing carbon credits. The Surui will be responsible for fund financial management as well as implementation of their self-created management plan for their 600,000-acre reserve in Rondônia, Brazil.

"The launch of the Fund at COP16 is very propitious under the current global scenario, especially when most of the discussions will address the implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Brazil and worldwide," said Vasco van Roosmalen, director, ACT-Brazil.

The Surui Carbon Project uses two forms of carbon offset: avoided deforestation and conservation through carbon stocks, as measured through the REDD mechanism, and carbon sequestration through reforestation.

"It is important to note that all financial resources obtained through the Carbon Project will go to the Surui people for further project implementation. The partner organizations provide only technical support," said Angelo Santos, the Climate Change and Clean Energy coordinator for FUNBIO.

According to Almir Surui, the Metareilá coordinator, payment for environmental services, especially the sale of carbon credits, represents a promising new alternative for the Surui people. "This is the linchpin for a project that since its inception has addressed the Surui community's need to appropriate the concepts and techniques used in the carbon market. This provides another option to bring new direction to the management of indigenous lands," said Almir.

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Jourdan Clandening
Amazon Conservation Team

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