The Tambopata project will avoid 4.2 million tonnes of CO2 by 2021, and our support is critical. Since 2013 the members of the REDD+ Business Initiative have purchased just over one million tonnes of CO2 reductions. The initiative picked this leading project in order to demonstrate what is possible through REDD+, and help contribute to global REDD+ policy development, as Peru is a front runner in this area.
Situated in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon region, the project boundary includes nearly 600,000 hectares (an area about the size of Los Angeles) of protected rainforest and a buffer zone of commercially viable cacao agroforestry. Avoiding about 500,000 tons of CO2 emissions per annum, the project’s integrated production/protection model also supports 400 local jobs, has secured 288 land titles for local farmers, and has created a locally-run cacao cooperative.