Instituto Terroá: Cooperative in the Brazilian Amazon acquires certification of ecosystem services

Instituto Terroá: Cooperative in the Brazilian Amazon acquires certification of ecosystem services

Since 2018, Terroá has carried out a territorial development project with the community of Bailique, an archipelago of eight islands in the Northern state of Amapá, in the Brazilian Amazon. AmazonBai, a local cooperative of agro-extractivists exploring açaí in the region, has been the main beneficiary of the project.

Counting on the support of Instituto Terroá, the cooperative has recently widened the range of FSC® certifications of its products. Apart from certifications of forest management and chain of custody acquired over the last years, AmazonBai was awarded certification of ecosystems services—the goods and services produced by the environment beyond primary products and raw materials. These are, for example, the provision of water, the presence of local biodiversity and genetic resources, and the maintenance of microclimatic conditions in the region, among others.

In this particular case, AmazonBai successfully acquired certification for complying with standards concerning two ecosystem services: carbon sequestration and biodiversity. Through geographic information system technologies, mapping of the region and specialized advice to cooperative members, it was possible to define the amount of carbon sequestered by açaí palm trees managed by the community and ascertain how much biodiversity exists in that environment.

With the recently acquired FSC® certification, the cooperative AmazonBai expects an increase in its revenues as the markets recognize the responsibility and value of its products. Moreover, the certification marks an important step towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and a more decent life for communities living in the Amazon.


Article by Instituto Terroá
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