In 2012, EBCF acquired almost 20 thousand hectares of private native rainforest in Amazonas State, divided into 12 properties slated to become the world’s first RPDS.
Neighboring reserve are roughly 1,750 people served by social and environmental projects and programs implemented over the years.
By transforming a native rainforest into an RPDS, EBCF made a commitment to the State of Amazonas to elaborate, implement and approve the respective Management Plan.
In 2013, EBCF created its first RPDS, unifying 7 properties with a total of 14,452,996 hectares. The remaining 5 properties are in the final stage of the approval process for transformation into an RPDS.
The Management Plan provides for forest conservation and biodiversity protection, promotion of sustainable development for traditional and riverine communities through the implementation of social and environmental programs and projects, and sustainable usage of forest natural resources, improving the socioeconomic development of these communities and reducing poverty. At the same time, the plan includes incentives for scientific research and CO2 emission reduction generated by reduced deforestation.
The plan also provides for construction of community centers, training for local leadership, introduction of new production management technologies, and seed collection and processing.
With the project, EBCF complements government and NGO activities with an innovative option for conservation of private areas.
EBCF’s RPDS represent 15 times the size of all 19 Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN) established throughout Amazonas State.