The Integrated Forest Management for Sustainable Production in the Amazon Region project aims to incentive sustainable use of forests, allowing wildlife habitats to remain intact
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Major conservation project in the Amazon extended for two years

The programme, which aims to improve the sustainable management of forest resources, has yielded strong positive results after four years, leading to its extension

11. Apr 2019

The Integrated Forest Management for Sustainable Production in the Amazon Region project began in September 2014 with the goal of improving sustainable forestry practices and reducing the alarming rate of deforestation in the region around the Purus and Madeira Rivers in Western Brazil and along the highway BR 163 in Para. To achieve these goals, NIRAS-IP Consult was contracted to support the management and monitoring of national forests (Floresta Nacional or Flonas for short), which encourage the sustainable use of resources and improve oversight of logging practices.

 

The use of forest resources in the Flonas does not preclude economic activity - rather, it ensures that such activity is sustainable in the long-term.

 

Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW Development Bank, the project set a goal of reducing deforestation in the southwest of the Amazon region by 10%, demarcating out nine Flonas, and increasing the amount of forest under sustainable management to 1 million hectares. After the initial period of the programme, the results were strong and clear:

  • 46% reduction in deforestation in selected Flonas
  • Nine Flonas demarcated, with two sustainable forest management plans complete
  • 1+ million hectares under sustainable management

Based on the above results, in combination with project visits by KfW, the mid-term review found the programme worth an extension beyond the initial four-year period in order to secure the sustainability of the measures and extend the successful support to six additional Flonas. The decision was reached at the end of 2018 to extend the programme for two more years until December, 2020. The project goals remain ambitious, with additional reductions in deforestation and further demarcation of forests for sustainable management foreseen.

For more information on the Integrated Forest Management for Sustainable Production in the Amazon Region, please see our project profile.