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The Purus Project: A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil

Project Proponent
CarbonCo, LLC
Contact: Brian McFarland, Director
BmcFarland@CarbonCoLLC.com
+1 (240) 247-0630

Auditor Contact Details
Environmental Services, Inc
Contact: Shawn McMahon
smcmahon@esinc.cc
+1 (330) 833-9941

Dates of Auditor’s Site Visits
Validation: June 2012 and 3 – 7 December 2012
First verification: 18 – 31 August 2013
Second verification: 12 – 25 August 2014
Third verification: 12 – 18 August 2015
Fourth verification: 19 – 26 July 2016

Public Comment Periods
Validation: 20 October – 19 November 2012 (see comments in docs list)
First verification: 12 July – 11 August 2013 (see comments in docs list)
Second verification: 14 July – 13 August 2014 (no comments received)
Third verification: 14 July – 13 August 2015 (no comments received)
Fourth verification: 22 June – 22 July 2016 (no comments received)

  • Region, Country Acre, Brazil
  • CCB Status Verification Approved - CCB Standards Second Edition, Biodiversity Gold Level (17 Oct 2016)
    Implementation Period: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2015

    Verification Approved - CCB Standards Second Edition, Biodiversity Gold Level (11 Nov 2015)
    Implementation Period: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2014

    Verification Approved - CCB Standards Second Edition, Biodiversity Gold Level (15 Oct 2014)
    Implementation Period: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2013

    Verification Approved - CCB Standards Second Edition, Biodiversity Gold Level (10 Dec 2013)
    Implementation Period: 23 May 2011 - 31 Dec 2012

    Validation Approved - CCB Standards Second Edition, Biodiversity Gold Level (16 Jan 2013)
  • CCB Auditor/Certifier Current: Environmental Services, Inc.
    Previous: Scientific Certification Systems

CCB Standards Project Documents Open for Public Comment – July 2016

Comments are invited from the public about whether the below projects meet the requirements of the CCB Standards. Comments received by the VCS will be published to the project’s page on the CCBA website (unless otherwise requested) and considered by the auditor during the validation and/or verification process.

Katingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation Project
Location: Central Kalimantan, Republic of Indonesia
Project Proponent: PT. Rimba Makmur Utama (PT. RMU)
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Gold Level: Climate, Community & Biodiversity
Benefits Achieved during Monitoring Period:

  • Avoided the emission of over 12 million tCO2e through avoided deforestation, restoration of peat swamp forest, prevention of peat drainage, and minimization of fire damage on almost 150,000 ha of land.
  • Provided education and support for community implemented agroforestry for four communities and helped almost 150 individuals develop plans for the sustainable use of non-timber forest products.
  • Reduced the threat of deforestation and restored native ecosystems that provide important habitat for 15 species classified as critically endangered or endangered, including the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus).

Public Comment Period: 16 June 2016 – 16 July 2016

Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative
Location: San Martin Department, Peru
Project Proponent: Conservation International – Peru
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Gold Level: Biodiversity
Benefits Achieved during Monitoring Period:

  • Avoided deforestation of over 3,000 ha of forest in the Alto Mayo Protection Forest resulting in avoided emissions of 1.3 million tCO2e during this monitoring period and over 6.2 million tCO2e since the beginning of the project.
  • Promoted sustainable coffee production with local communities and created a coffee cooperative to help drive a price incentive for sustainable, organic coffee.
  • Conserved habitat for over 1,200 species of plants, including 59 species of orchids, and 25 critically endangered or endangered species, including 8 endangered frog species.

Public Comment Period: 20 June 2016 – 20 July 2016

Carbono Nascentes do Xingu
Location: Mato Grosso, Brazil
Project Proponent: Instituto Socioambiental
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document
Benefits Planned over Project Lifetime:

  • Native forest restoration in riparian areas of the Xingu River basin will result in over 60,000 tCO2e over the 30 year project lifetime.
  • The implementation of the ‘Xingu Seed Network’ will provide farmers with native seeds to use in forest restoration activities.
  • Connectivity between the Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) and Amazon biomes will be increased through reforestation efforts.

Public Comment Period: 20 June 2016 – 20 July 2016

The Purus Project: A Tropical Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil
Location: Acre, Brazil
Project Proponent: CarbonCo, LLC
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Gold Level: Biodiversity
Benefits Achieved during Monitoring Period:

  • Prevented deforestation of almost 35,000 ha of land and avoided emission of over 90,000 tCO2e during this year long monitoring period.
  • Constructed an on-site community health clinic and completed land titling to the first few community members who started the process.
  • Continued to preserve important habitat for multiple endangered and vulnerable species including Brazilian Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), short-eared dogs (Atelocynus microtis), jaguars (Panthera onca), and giant anteaters (Myrmecophga tridactyla).

Public Comment Period: 22 June 2016 – 22 July 2016

Three New CCB Standards Project Documents Open for Public Comment

Project name: Forest Carbon Project in Quirino Province, Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor, Luzon, Philippines
Region, Country: Luzon, Philippines
Documents undergoing public comment: Combined Project Implementation and Project Design Document
Public comment period: 22 June – 22 July 2015

Project name: The Purus Project: A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil
Region, Country: Acre, Brazil
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report (Portuguese), Project Implementation Report (English)
Public comment period: 14 July – 13 August 2015

Project name: Reducción de la Deforestación y Degradación en la Reserva Nacional Tambopata y en el Parque Nacional Bahuaja-Sonene del Ámbito de la Región Madre de Dios – Perú
Region, Country: Madre de Dios, Peru
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report (English Summary), Project Implementation Report
Public comment period: 16 July – 15 August 2015

Comments are invited from the public about whether these projects meet the requirements of the CCB Standards. Comments received will be considered by the auditor during the validation and/or verification process.

New Project Documents Open For Public Comment

The following project documents are undergoing public comment:

Project name: The Purus Project: A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil
Region, Country: Acre, Brazil
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Public comment period: July 14 – August 13, 2014

Project name: The Russas Project
Region, Country: Acre, Brazil
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Public comment period: July 14 – August 13, 2014

Project name: The Valparaiso Project
Region, Country: Acre, Brazil
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Public comment period: July 14 – August 13, 2014

Project name: Planting for the Future: Financially sustainable agroforestry systems and payments for ecosystem services
Region, Country: Current Instances: Loreto and Ucayali, Peru
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Public comment period: July 11 – August 10, 2014

Project name: Proyecto de Deforestación Evitada en las Concesiones Forestales y Corredores Biológicos de la Reserva de Biosfera Maya en Guatemala (GuateCarbon)
Region, Country: Petén Region, Guatemala
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Documentation
Public comment period: June 26 – July 26, 2014

Project name: Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project
Region, Country: Makueni County, Taita Taveta County and Kajiado County, Kenya
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Documentation
Public comment period: June 27 – July 27, 2014

Comments are invited from the public about whether these projects meet the requirements of the CCB Standards. Comments received will be considered by the auditor during the validation and verification process.

Third Edition of Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards Released

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance is pleased to announce the release of the Third Edition of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards and accompanying Rules for the Use of the CCB Standards following a yearlong participatory and inclusive revision process.

The new Third Edition

  • showcases smallholder- and community-led projects with equitable benefit sharing
  • enables the use of programmatic approaches to allow expansion to new project areas
  • clarifies the requirements for stakeholder engagement including free, prior and informed consent
  • promotes gender equality and empowerment
  • simplifies the requirements for demonstrating net positive climate benefits and facilitates combination with a carbon accounting standard, and
  • strengthens the Gold Level requirements for projects that generate exceptional benefits for climate change adaptation, for communities and for biodiversity.

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards provide comprehensive and objective criteria to identify and promote land management projects that effectively address social and environmental risks and deliver significant benefits for the climate, for local communities and for biodiversity. They have become the most widely used multiple benefit standard for carbon projects since their launch in 2005.

The new Third Edition and accompanying Rules for the Use of the CCB Standards have been developed over twelve months through a participatory and inclusive process including two 60-day public comment periods and the support of a CCB Standards Committee representing a balance of people potentially affected by the standards or with relevant expert knowledge. We would like to thank all the people who participated in the revision process, providing valuable feedback, input and support.

The new CCB Standards Third Edition and Rules are available for download at www.climate-standards.org. They are currently available in English and will be available in other languages in 2014.

See the Press Release.

See the Launch PowerPoint presentation.

CCB Standards Third Edition Launch Webinar from CCBA on Vimeo.

New Project Documents Open for Public Comment

The following project document are undergoing public comment:

Project name: The Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project
Region, Country: British Columbia, Canada
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document
Public comment period: July 18 – August 17, 2013

Project name: The Valparaiso Project
Region, Country: Acre, Brazil
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document
Public comment period: July 18 – August 17, 2013

Project name: The Russas Project
Region, Country: Acre, Brazil
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document
Public comment period: July 18 – August 17, 2013

Project name: The Purus Project: A Tropical Forest Conservation Project in Acre, Brazil
Region, Country: Acre, Brazil
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Implementation Report
Public comment period: July 12 – August 11, 2013

Project name: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in the Ambositra – Vondrozo Forest Corridor (COFAV) – Madagascar Project
Region, Country: Ambositra-Vondrozo, Madagascar
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document
Public comment period: July 10 – August 9, 2013

Project name: Abote Community-Managed Reforestation Project
Region, Country: Oromia, Ethiopia
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document
Public comment period: June 24- July 24, 2013

Project name: Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project
Region, Country: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document
Public comment period: June 24 – July 24, 2013

Project name: REDD+ de la Concesión para Conservación Alto Huayabamba (CCAH) Project
Region, Country: San Martín, Peru
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design DOcument
Public comment period: June 28 – July 28, 2013

Project name: New Leaf Carbon Project
Region, Country: Tasmania, Australia
Documents undergoing public comment: Project Design Document and Project Implementation Report
Public comment period: June 28 – July 28, 2013

Comments are invited from the public about whether these projects meet the requirements of the CCB Standards. Comments received will be considered by the auditor during the validation and verification process.