Information into action
Connecting conservation funding to on-the-ground
action in the Peruvian Amazon
Protecting the world’s forests would get us 1/3 of the way to solving the climate crisis. In South America, hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to governments to stop deforestation. But hardly any of these funds ever reach the forest. As the global need to protect forests intensifies, there is an increasing demand for verified projects that protect forests and provide other environmental services. Since indigenous communities protect 25% of the Amazon basin and have territories with deforestation rates 2-3 times lower than other lands they are key to keeping our forests in tact and stabilizing our climate.
However, these communities usually lack the resources to pay consultants to develop sophisticated and expensive verification systems that often take several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop and get certified.
To dramatically increase the scale of investment to front line forest protectors and produce results that will have a global impact on our climate.
We aim to get funding directly to a front line rainforest community based on verified monitoring evidence that they are protecting their forests.
Seeing Ecological Impact
Donors will be able to see community results and make payments to communities through smart contracts, that will link payments directly to each community for taking action to protect their forests.
How it works
Contract Creation >
First, the Rainforest Foundation and the community set up a digital contract on the Regen Network blockchain together. This enables donors to directly fund community activities related to avoided deforestation on their lands.
Monitoring Forests >
Community members receive satellite-based deforestation alerts from Global Forest Watch, document illegal activity - creating a transparent, immutable record - and contact authorities to avoid further deforestation.
Direct Payments >
Communities use this record to secure payments for their avoided deforestation results, and to help them bypass the costly and slow forest and carbon verification schemes that exist today.
Where we're starting
We are partnering with the indigenous community of Buen Jardin de Callaru in the Peruvian Amazon, with the intention of scaling to other communities next.
We are leveraging publicly available and emerging satellite deforestation information and converting off the shelf technology, such as drones and adapted smartphone applications, into tools that they can use to identify, analyze and document threats to their collective forests.
The community members are using this information to monitor deforestation, register environmental crimes and trigger community and government actions to quickly and efficiently reduce deforestation.