Rainforests, such as the Amazon, play a pivotal part in the creation of Oxygen on Earth and are often referred to as "lungs of the world." Brazil houses about 33% of the worlds tropical rainforests with approximately 80% of Brazil's rainforest being found in the Amazon. Not only does this make the Amazon an integral part to the world's oxygen supply but it also is home to almost 10% of all known land species and, on average, a new species is discovered within the Amazon every 3 days! Furthermore, the Amazon is home to over 1 million indigenous people and so it's preservation is key!
Despite the clear need for the preservation of this space, Brazil lost around 20% of the Amazon between 1975 and 2018 and the rate of deforestation has continued to increase with the highest level of deforestation since 2008 being reached in 2008.
With this in mind, Cannabrew with the help of Ecologi have chose to support the Brazilian Amazon REDD project which aims to protect areas of the Amazon that have already been planned for deforestation. The project aims to preserve around 27,000 hectares of native forest across 5 key locations: Rio Capim, Poty, Cauaxi, Sumal and Caculé.
This will be done by supporting the project in putting on forest management activities through the Forest Stewardship Council® Certification. This project aims to reduce over 9.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, that would have been emitted if the deforestation went ahead in the next 10 years. Additionally, the project aims to support the land owners in improving their sustainable practices and instilling the need for the preservation of this space and biodiversity.