The main goal of the Resex Rio Preto project is to provide support for a sustainable lifestyle for the local extractive community (rubber tappers) by reducing forest degradation, unplanned and illegal deforestation, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources and reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases.
The Reservas Extrativistas (Extractive Reserves) are territorial spaces destined for sustainable use and conservation of renewable natural resources that aim for a balance between the ecological interests of environmental conservation and the social interests of improving the lives of the local population. They are areas used by traditional extractive populations (rubber tappers), whose livelihood is based on extraction in addition to subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry. The objective is to protect the culture and livelihoods of these people and ensure the sustainable use of the area’s natural resources.
The local extractive community faces many challenges to remain on its land and continue local traditions. By reducing forest degradation and working with the local government to monitor and prevent unplanned and illegal deforestation, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, and reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, the project preserves these areas and provides a continued livelihood for this local community. The project zone includes a site of high conservation priority that meets the vulnerability criteria due to the presence of threatened species and will avoid the deforestation of 35,398 hectares.
The project is community-led and implemented on a specific Brazilian category of Protected Area in which traditional communities own the right to manage the resources. Resex Rio Preto-Jacundá REDD+ Project is a partnership between Biofílica and the Neighborhood Association of The Extractive Reserve Rio Preto-Jacundá and Ribeirinhos do Rio Machado (ASMOREX). Specific areas have been marked for fishing, hunting and forest management.