REDD for Early Movers - Acre
As of: March 2021
This project aimed to achieve significant emission reductions (ER) by preventing deforestation in the Brazilian state of Acre. Hence, it seeked to demonstrate the implementation of a performance-based REDD+ approach and to generate new insights for the climate negotiation process. This interim REDD+ financing approach was in accordance with UNFCCC requirements in contributing to climate change mitigation by preserving forests. Achieved deforestation emission reductions were rewarded ex-post, based on a historic deforestation baseline using data from the Brazilian surveillance system PRODES by the national space agency INPE. The measure was expected to result in GHG mitigation payments for 2.3 m t CO2 (the monetary value depends on the exchange rate, since compensated in USD).
State of implementation/results
- Project completed
- Flagship project as it is one of the first REDD+ projects with successful results-based payments (Phase III REDD+) delivered.
- With the help of the project, a total of 2.47 million tCO2e reduced deforestation emissions could be compensated for 2012/2013.
- Based on a conservative reference emissions level, Acre reduced its emissions by 8,3 million tCO2e for the year 2014.
- In the course of this process, about 1000 families (approx. 4000 people) were directly supported in the development of alternative income sources in order to reduce deforestation in the long term.
- The observed deforestation trend shows a long-term decrease, although fluctuations occur in some years due to small scale deforestation.
- The project places Germany as pioneer of REDD+ finance.