The Jari Amapá REDD+ Project is located in the Valley of Jari, in the state of Amapá. The Valley of Jari enacts a very important role as home for over two thousand rural families, and as an ecological corridor connecting several Conservation Units. With a very rich biodiversity, its vegetation includes species of extreme ecological and social importance as a source of income and food. Three important rivers (Jari, Cajari and Maracá) flow through the project region, which is home for over two thousand species of fauna, over a hundred of them considered endangered. Despite the social and environmental importance of the Valley of Jari, this region is threatened by agricultural and cattle activities and human settlements as well as large infrastructure work.
By protecting the forest cover the Jari Amapá REDD+ Project helps to preserve a diversified fauna of over 2,069 recorded species among them the armadillo (Priodontes maximus) and two species of monkeys (Chiropotes satanas and Cebus kaapori) considered as “critically endangered” according to the IUCN Official Red List of Threated Species. Neighbouring areas like the Rio Cajari Forest Management Reserve, that are currently not effectively protected, will be less exposed to deforestation and degradation pressure. The project is also a key factor for the conservation and maintenance of water resources. It keeps a nursery of regional tree species in order to preserve its genetic resources and to promote restoration of degraded areas on the project’s communities. The Jari Xylotheque contains 620 samples of wood from the area, a herbarium with 3,513 botanical samples and a collection of insects with 2,322 samples.
Social and economical benefits
Through capacity building and training interventions on farming production, management of forest resources organizational aspects, manufacturing and commercialization an increase in household income generation is expected. Another goal is to enhance agricultural production through the establishment of rural technical assistance services to communities in the Project area. This is aiming at strengthening their means of subsistence and food security along with better production of tradable goods generating additional income for the local population.