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BAM Our projects REDD in Concessions of Brazil Nuts in Madre de Dios, Peru

REDD in Concessions of Brazil nuts in Madre de Dios, Peru

The concessions comprise rich primary rainforest, a precious habitat for countless plant and animal species, and a vital resource for traditional communities.

BAM is working with the Madre de Dios Federation of Brazil nut concessioners (FEPROCAMD) to prevent deforestation and protect biodiversity on 500,000 hectares of rainforest concessions.

Concessioner communities are highly dependent on local ecosystems, but have few resources with which to protect their concessions. The project will empower them by increasing the economic value of the healthy forest and the income generated by sustainable Brazil nut harvesting.

Unlawful agricultural and logging activities threaten to fragment these valuable forest concessions, making them more vulnerable to fire. There are currently no systems in place to prevent this illegal deforestation, which has increased significantly as a result of an influx of migrants working on the InterOceanic Highway.

Currently, the concessionaires only undertake subsistence Brazil nuts collection and, in very few cases, subsistence forestry within the project area. The project will reduce deforestation through activities directed at increasing the concessionaires’ sustainable income and adding value to their forest. This, in turn, will allow the concessionaires to mitigate and oppose the main deforestation threats present in the area.


BAM is empowering concessioners to protect their land and livelihood in the following ways.

1. Increasing the economic value of the healthy forest
• A new processing facility will increase the market value of the sustainably harvested nuts. By-products of the peeling and selection process will be used to produce five further high-value marketable commodities, including nut oil and soap.

• Saleable REDD carbon credits will be generated through avoided deforestation and conservation activity on the concessions.  A part of this income will be used to subsidize reforestation activities.

• Concessioners and their families will benefit from increased work and income opportunities in forest management and nut processing. This is particularly valuable during the eight calendar months when Brazil nut harvesting is not performed.

2. Implementation of a forest monitoring and surveillance system
• Deforestation risks will be identified early via a participative monitoring framework including check-points and continuous patrols.

3. Strengthening legal and administrative frameworks
• BAM supports FEPROCAMD by financing all administrative procedures required under Peruvian law, strengthening the capacity of the federation.