Rio Anapu-Pacajá REDD+ Project

Projecting a highly critical region of the Brazilian Amazon


Enabling land titles to help prevent deforestation and improving the lives of some of the poorest communities

The Rio Anapu-Pacajá REDD Carbon Credit Project in Portel, Pará is protecting 165,707 hectares in a highly critical region of the Brazilian Amazon. The project is mainly focused on conserving the native forest through protection and conservation of native flora and fauna and preventing degradation and deforestation from illegal loggers and encroachment. 

The project is in an area of extreme poverty and with high levels of land grabbing, land conflict and instability, as such the focus will be on bringing stability to all the surrounding areas. One of these ways is by paying for and helping the local Riverine people (“ribeirinhos” traditional Indigenous community of river people) to gain land tenure documents and eventually secure full freehold title deeds.

So far, the project has paid for and completed the paperwork on 127 family plots as well as providing cook stoves to 50 families with the goal of continuing to support additional further families that will benefit from the sale of carbon credits.

Project Status:

VCS & CCB Registered


State of Pará, micro region of Portel, Brazil


165,707 hectares

Project Type:

REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) + CCB (Climate Community Biodiversity)

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

938,000 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

1st, 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2045

Indigenous & Community Impact

Enabling land tenure for local Riverine peoples

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

The Rio Anapu-Pacajá REDD Project seeks to combine elements of conventional integrated conservation and development projects (ICDP) with a “payments for ecosystem services” (PES) approach that benefits local stakeholders such as the Riverine community. 

Benefits to the environment and communities include:


Land management and monitoring to prevent unplanned timber logging and grazing activities


Regeneration of degraded forests with native species to enhance ecosystem functionality and eliminate ecosystem fragmentation 


  • Supporting local peoples to obtain permanent land title documents to ensure the project continues in perpetuity
  • Providing sustainable resources such as energy efficient cook stoves
  • Focus on local stakeholders as beneficiaries of the project


Enhancing organizational capabilities of  local communities to better manage local resources and secure better employment opportunities


This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.


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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 15: Life on Land



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Eric currently works as an independent consultant at the intersection of nature and climate, focused on catalysing market and non-market solutions to drive the just transition.

He previously was Head of Product at Earthshot Labs, supporting nature conservation and restoration projects across the global south secure project finance. Prior to Earthshot Labs, Eric led nature-based carbon project development for Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and founded the Carbon Cooperative, a global alliance of leading nature conservation and restoration practitioners exploring carbon finance. After serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique out of university, he spent much of his 20s working in community-based conservation and ecosystem restoration efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa interspersed with two startup ventures as co-founder and CEO of a mental health tech startup and COO of a sustainable coffee company. Eric has a dual Masters in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy from Stanford University where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Alan is a risk management thought-leader, superconnector, and FinTech pioneer. His mission is to enable an Earth Positive economy which includes nature in global accounting systems.

Alan is Founder of Generation Blue, a venture studio dedicated to planetary game changers powered by exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, pioneering blockchain based forestry and carbon backed tokens. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising global financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an investor and advisor to regenerative impact ventures, including TreeBuddy.Earth, Regenativ, and Vlinder Climate.

Lori Whitecalf made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She served three terms of office from 2011-2017.  

Lori took a two-year hiatus from leadership to expand the family ranch and serve as the FSIN Senior Industry Liaison. She was re-elected on November 29. 2019 and again on November 30, 2021, as Chief of Sweetgrass. Chief Whitecalf practises a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. She currently sits on the following boards: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, FSIN Lands and Resource Commission, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre and Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Executive Council, FSIN Women’s Commission.

Tina is the Chief Business Officer for MLTC Industrial Investments, the Economic Development arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. She has a diverse background of experience. Having spent 15 years as a municipal Chief Operating Officer, 20 years involved in Saskatchewan’s Health Authority Board Keewatin Yatthe and 9 years with Northern Lights Board of Education. 


She continues as a Board Member with Beaver River Community Futures supporting small business development in her home region. Tina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields and many connections to the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan. In addition Tina holds a BA Advanced from the U of S, a Certificate in Local Government Authority from the U of R and is certified as a Professional Economic Developer for Saskatchewan and a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).

Tootoosis’ career spans 40+ years in HRM, political leadership, and Indigenous economic development, as a dedicated bridge builder and advocate for Indigenous causes.
As a key member of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) team since 2021, he develops strategies for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Call to Action #92.

He is a graduate of the First Nations University of Canada and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Spearheading various community initiatives while serving as a Chair of the SIEDN while directing ILDII and WIBF. Founder of MGT Consulting Tootoosis is based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory.

Cy Standing (Wakanya Najin in Dakota) has a long and distinguished career including serving overseas as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  

Mr. Standing has served as a Director on many Profit and Non-Profit Corporate Boards, including serving as a Director for Affinity Credit Union with assets of over six billion dollars as well as IMI Brokerage and Wanuskewin and is currently a member of the One Tribe Indigenous Carbon Board.