Amazon Rainforest Carbon Offset Project

Note: our review article includes official documentation outlining our agreements formed with government agencies throughout the Amazon Rainforest.

Brazil is historically known for its insane rate of deforestation, and in 2005 ranked first for the amount of forests removed annually. It’s just one of the reasons that 8 Billion Trees has planting operations going full-force there to help save the Amazon Rainforest.

In fact, 8 Billion Trees is the only organization in the world that has gained the authorization to plant in the states of Tocantins and Para–which is home to some of the worst destruction currently taking place.

We plant a variety of species in Brazil but some of them include:

  • Cacaueiros (Theobroma Cacao)
  • Cumarús (Dipteryx Odorata)
  • Açaizeiros (Euterpe Oleracea)
  • Mógnos Brasileiros (Swietenia Macrophylla)
  • Ipês (Tabebuia Serratifolia)

Shockingly, over 270,000 square miles of rainforest have disappeared in just the past few decades. To put that into perspective, in less than six years, Brazil deforested an area bigger than Greece. The World Wide Fund for Nature, in their annual Living Planet Report, confirmed Brazil is being destroyed at an “alarming” rate.

And in November of 2018, Brazil’s government confirmed the worst: deforestation figures are at their highest in over a decade. They have risen over 13 percent since last year. Furthermore, illegal logging and agriculture are pushing deforestation rates higher and higher.

Deforestation is particularly damaging in Brazil where Amazon rainforests are located. Scientists label these forests as “carbon sinks” for their ability to absorb large amounts of harmful emissions. Essentially, a carbon sink is a natural part of the planet (the ocean is one of the largest, but vegetation areas, like the Rain Forests, are another) that holds more carbon dioxide than it releases, which helps remove this harmful, heat holding gas, from Earth’s atmosphere. There are only a few areas on the planet, like the rainforest, where global warming gases can be absorbed—making them absolutely crucial to maintain before they go extinct.

Making the situation worse, the jungle environment is rich in biodiversity and contains countless species, many of which have not yet been discovered. Scientists estimate the number of unknown species to be in the billions.

Biologist Eduardo Risuenho

Lajeado Palmas Brazil

Only by combating the widespread deforestation in Brazil can we combat the terrible environmental effect from the loss of millions of trees. Unlike other areas we plant, Brazil is in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Once endemic species there go extinct, there is no going back—they’re gone forever.

2021 Amazon Updates

We are excited to announce that our team on the ground is expanding!

Eduardo Risuenho, our biologist, is a specialist in ecology and conservation biology, with 17 years of experience in managing forest restoration projects, water resources management, and environmental education. We’ve also hired Maycon Garcia as our Brazil Projects Director, helping to manage our ‘growing’ projects, in a region that so desperately needs to be restored. By managing these nurseries, these dedicated individuals are helping us expand our efforts.

Our new planting sites in Para, Brazil have been staked out and are ready for native saplings!

Seed Gathering Process

After painstakingly gathering native seeds from a variety of species, our Brazilian team plans to plant the following trees at our Cantão planting site:

  • Angelim-amargoso – Vatairea macrocarpa Benth
  • Angico – Anadenanthera colubrina (Vell.) Brenan
  • Aroeira – Myracrodruon urundeuva Allemão
  • Caraíba – Tabebuia aurea (Silva Manso) Benth. & Hook.f. ex S.Moore
  • Cega-machado – Physocalymma scaberrimum Pohl
  • Claraíba-preta – Cordia glabrata (Mart.) DC.
  • Falso jatobá – Cynometria marlenae
  • Fava-de-bolota – Parkia platycephala Benth.
  • Fava-de-rosca – Enterolobium schomburgkii
  • Gonçalo-alves – Astronium fraxinifolium Schott
  • Guanandi – Calophyllum brasiliensis
  • Ipê-amarelo – Handroanthus serratifolius (A.H.Gentry) S.Grose
  • Ipê-branco, Taipoca – Tabebuia roseoalba (Ridl.) Sandwith
  • Ipê-verde – Cybistax antisiphyllitica
  • Jatoba – Hymenaea maranhensis lee & Langenh
  • Jatobá-da-mata – Hymenaea courbaril
  • Pau-de-óleo – Copaifera langsdorffii Desf.
  • Pau-de-óleo-areia – Copaifera coriacea
  • Sucupira-preta – Bowdichia virgilioides Kunth
  • Sucupira Branca – Pterodon pubescens.
  • Urucum – Bixa orellana L
8 Billion Trees team members collect sucupira seeds in the Braizilian forest.
8 Billion Trees team member hold sucupira seed.
Sucupira seed collection process is painstakingly carried out in Brazil.
Sucupira seed collection process in Brazil.
These delicate native seeds must be harvested by hand to prevent being destroyed.

Visiting the Tocantins Fauna Center

The Tocantins Fauna Center was established to guarantee the protection of wild fauna through actions designed to assist animals that are in imminent danger, as well as carry out sociological, environmental and educational activities that ensure the population’s health and assist the fight against illegal trafficking.

It works on two fronts, through the Wild Animal Screening Center (CETRAS) and the Environmental Interpretation Center (CIAMB).

CETRAS’s purpose is to receive, identify, screen, recover and release wild animals that are saved during inspections, rescue operations or voluntary delivery.

CIAMB works to implement and support educational programs, projects, and campaigns that protect wildlife, raise awareness and deliver practical interactions with nature. These important tasks are done preferentially, with the focus on species categorizations:

  • Endemic
  • Priority
  • Key
  • Migratory
  • In population imbalance
  • Under pressure from hunting and fishing
  • Causing economic impacts
  • Commercial interest
  • Occurrence in Nature Conservation Units.

CETRAS employs a team of three Veterinarians, a Zootechnician and six assistants. These experts feed, work and interact with the animals on a daily basis, as well as daily cleaning the enclosures, which is crucial to the health and well-being of these beautiful creatures.

Animal handling is performed with PPE materials (puçá, cambão, traps, transport boxes, cages, etc…), but their equipment needs updated to ensure the safety of both animals and professional handlers, something that 8 Billion Trees is working to provide.

The feeding of the animals is carried out according to species need, therefore, the center requires large amounts of a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, zero lactose milk, and more.

The food needed to maintain the Tocantins Fauna Center.

Mayumi Caitano Matuoca explained, “We do what we can with the money we have, [but] it is a struggle to offer the best food, today we cannot offer specific rations, and a day comes when there is a lack of milk or another product. The support of 8 Billion Trees has helped us not to lack food for these animals, which is very gratifying.”

The clinical part of CETRAS is composed of a good structure to work, despite the lack of medication, and the team constantly works to enrich the environment of the enclosures, building toys, hammocks, and more.

Meet “Cefau”: Resident Jaguar

Cefau, who is already four years old, resides in an enclosure that is acceptable size, but experts agree that he would be happier in a larger area.

Jaguar 'Cefau' seen in Tocantins Fauna Center, Brazil.

When our team visited the center, they quickly realized that the animals and the team members have a great relationship, with many of the Macaws and parrots demonstrating strong attachments to the CETRAS team. In fact, many that have been healed come back and ‘hang around’ the enclosures! One such feathered friend is “Zeca” a rehabilitated vulture who comes and goes to everyone!

Currently, the center cares for 111 animals, including an adorably cute Howler Monkey, helping these animals get healthy so they can be released back into the wild. A mission that 8 Billion Trees supports wholeheartedly.