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​Business Group and Communities of the Colombian Pacific, Represented by Fondo Acción, Sign Contract for the Purchase of Carbon CertificatesAgreement Reflects Commitment of Ethnic Communities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Private…
​Business Group and Communities of the Colombian Pacific, Represented by Fondo Acción, Sign Contract for the Purchase of Carbon Certificates

Agreement Reflects Commitment of Ethnic Communities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Private Companies Towards Conservation, Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Development and Peace-Building

Bogotá, Colombia (April 21, 2018) – The carbon tax, included in the most recent tax reform, opened the doors for companies to neutralize the ​CO2 emissions associated with their fossil fuel consumption through the purchase of certificates of carbon generated by projects for Reducing Emissions from D​​eforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Today, the Prodeco Group took this opportunity and signed its first purchase-sale contract of carbon certificates from nine REDD + community projects in the Colombian Pacific, all of them represented by Fondo Acción, which is consolidated as an umbrella organization for the development of community 
REDD + projects in Colombia.

This agreement will benefit more than 10,000 families through sustainable, productive alternatives and green jobs, allowing the conservation of the fragile and highly biodiverse forests of this region.

Colombia is a pioneer in the world for the creation of a set of taxes and tax benefits that allow the country to meet its environmental goals, ensure the protection of forests and contribute to the development of rural communities.

The new carbon neutrality regulations represent a great opportunity for the forests of Colombia, allowing the country to meet its environmental goals, ensure the protection of ecosystems and contribute to the development of rural communities. As part of its sustainability strategy, Prodeco is exploring, with USAID, Conservation International and others, the possibility of going beyond the Pacific region to structure and develop projects of this type.

Conservation International planned and led all contact between Prodeco and Fondo Acción in this effort.

“Fondo Acció​n has been our ally for many years now, Prodeco is our new ally. The project was formulated with the support of USAID. As soon as the carbon tax started, and the carbon neutrality opportunity came out, we set out to search among our allies for the BioREDD Pacífico project (one of the few that were ready) and it piqued Prodeco’s interest,” said Fabio Arjona, Director of Conservation International-Colombia.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed new partner Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge aims to make coffee the first globally sustainable…
​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed new partner Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge aims to make coffee the first globally sustainable agricultural product.

“Massimo Zanetti joins the Challenge at a significant time for the coffee industry,” said Bambi Semroc, Vice President of Sustainable Markets and Strategy at Conservation International. “Massimo Zanetti is one of the larger coffee roasters in the United States and we are excited to see them join in this global effort, demonstrating that sustainability is important throughout the coffee market.”   

In addition to soucing coffee from farmers across the globe, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA runs a coffee farm at its Koloa Estate in Hawaii that has 2,500 miles of drip tubing in an efficient drip irrigation system to water and fertilize the coffee trees – away from pesticides and dust. Elements used in the irrigation and fertilizing process are cleaned and reused in the fields, including water and coffee-cherry pulp and mulch from any pruning.

In addition, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA strives for a low-carbon footprint with its single-source supplier distribution system where only a single truck is used for coffee delivery.

The coffee company has also been streamlining its use of plastics to cut out waste. It designs more sustainable cups, such as the single-serve Filter Cups™ and A Better Cup By Design™, which uses 30 percent less plastic than a traditional plastic single-serve cup.

“We may be one of the world’s leading coffee companies, but as we see it, our corporate responsibility extends well beyond our customers and shareholders to the entire planet and everyone on it,” said Clay P. Dockery Division Vice President, Corporate Brands, Massimo Zanetti. “That’s why we’re committed to good environmental stewardship and community involvement.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, formed by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry – growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and NGOs. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and other stressors.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA joins a growing list of partners in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. Other recent additions include Tata Coffee and Illy. To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact scc@conservation.org.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is among the nation’s largest coffee roasters, with nationally recognized retail brands including Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.®, Segafredo Zanetti®, Kauai Coffee®, MJB® and Chase & Sanborn®. With its headquarters in Portsmouth, Virginia and state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Virginia, the company produces proprietary and private label coffee, tea and drink mix for customers in all retail and food service channels throughout North America and around the world. In addition, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA franchises Chock full o’Nuts® Coffee Shops and Segafredo Zanetti Espresso® Cafés. Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, www.mzb-group.com, one of the world’s largest coffee group groups, comprised of nearly 40 companies operating in more than 35 countries. For more information, visit: www.mzb-usa.com.

​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed illycaffè among its partners working towards making coffee the world's first sustainably grown agricultural product. The addition of illy…
​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed illycaffè among its partners working towards making coffee the world’s first sustainably grown agricultural product. The addition of illy will bring the list of Sustainable Coffee Challenge partners to 100. 

The initiative is part of illy’s longstanding commitment to creating economic, social and environmental value, while improving the quality of life of its stakeholders through ethics and excellence. Through the Ernesto Illy Foundation, the company actively promotes reforestation efforts in Támara, Colombia, with native trees planted near sources of water aiming to increase local, natural water flow.

“Having an iconic Italian coffee brand like illy join the Challenge is a major milestone for the Challenge,” said Bambi Semroc, Vice President Sustainable Markets and Strategy at Conservation International. “We believe that this will help drive demand for sustainable coffee and catalyze investments to tackle tough challenges facing the future of coffee, such as climate change.” 

“Sustainability for us is the other face of quality. One cannot exist without the other and we cannot pursue our founder’s dream of offering the greatest coffee to the world without continuing to improve our sustainability model,” said Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè s.p.a. “We are motivated and inspired to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, as we share these fundamental values and the goal of making coffee a true model of sustainable agricultural practice. To make this a reality, the global coffee community needs to come together and join efforts on many levels.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, formed by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry – growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and NGOs. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and other stressors.

illy is the Sustainable Coffee Challenge’s 100th partner. Other recent additions include Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA and Tata Coffee. To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact scc@conservation.org.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow its work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About illycaffè
illycaffè is an Italian family business, founded in Trieste in 1933 and committed to offering the greatest coffee to the world. illy is the world’s most global coffee brand, producing the unique illy 100% Arabica blend made of 9 of the world ‘s best selections of Arabica;  each day more than 7 million cups  are served in over 140 countries in the finest cafés, restaurants, hotels and in offices and homes. illy has become the standard forerunner of espresso, and thanks to three critical innovations, is considered the leader in the science and technology of coffee. With the bestowing of the first  “Ernesto Illy Award  for quality espresso coffee” in 1991 in Brazil, illy also pioneered direct sourcing, sharing know-how and paying a premium price for the best quality, based on partnerships underwritten by the principles of sustainable development. The company also founded the University of Coffee with the aim of fostering and spreading its culture, providing comprehensive academic and hands-on training for coffee growers, baristas and coffee lovers in order to cover every aspect of the product. 

​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed Tata Coffee as its newest and first partner from India. As one of the largest integrated coffee companies…
​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed Tata Coffee as its newest and first partner from India. As one of the largest integrated coffee companies in the world, Tata Coffee puts a strong emphasis on sustainability in the production and manufacturing aspects of the business. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge aims to make coffee the first globally sustainable agricultural product. 

“Asia is among the markets with the most expanding demand for coffee,” said Bambi Semroc, Vice President of Sustainable Markets and Strategy at Conservation International. “Having Tata Coffee as a contributor and partner in Asia further demonstrates the importance of sustainable production and sends strong signals to other companies, consumers and farmers across the region.” 

Tata Coffee plans to share its water conservation and renewable energy management expertise with other Challenge members while also learning from like-minded partners. Tata Coffee operates a freeze dried instant coffee plant that powers from 70 percent-sourced, renewable energy.

“An integral part of Tata Coffee’s philosophy is sustainable growth, be it for the environment or the communities in which we operate. All our processes and practices are aligned towards globally benchmarked parameters of sustainability. Our association with the Challenge will help us join forces with like-minded organizations in exchanging ideas and best practices,” said Chacko P. Thomas, Deputy CEO and Executive Director, Tata Coffee.

Tata Coffee, tracing its roots back to 1922, grows its coffee using sustainable agricultural practices in South India with shade-grown and hand-picked Arabica and Robusta varieties. Rainwater harvesting is part of the growing process, including 273 scientifically designed tanks which store water for blossom and backing irrigation without drawing from groundwater reservoirs. The tanks also cool the atmosphere to sustain the flora and fauna of the area.

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, formed by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry – growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and NGOs. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and other stressors.

Tata Coffee joins a growing list of partners in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. Other recent additions include Illy and Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact scc@conservation.org.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Tata Coffee
Tata Coffee is a subsidiary of Tata Global Beverages. It is one of the world’s largest integrated coffee companies and one of the largest exporters of instant coffee in India. The Company produces approximately 10,000 MT of shade grown Arabica and Robusta coffees at its 19 estates in South India and its two Instant Coffee manufacturing facilities have a combined installed capacity of 8400 metric tons. It exports green coffee to countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. Tata Coffee’s farms are triple certified: Utz, Rainforest Alliance and SA 8000 reinforcing its commitment to the people and the environment. 
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Arlington, Va. (April 13, 2018) – Today, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge announced new collaborations with the International Coffee Organization and the Government of Uganda to work together to establish coffee as the…
Arlington, Va. (April 13, 2018) – Today, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge announced new collaborations with the International Coffee Organization and the Government of Uganda to work together to establish coffee as the first sustainably-grown agricultural product. These announcements were made during the 121st session of the International Coffee Organization’s Coffee Council in Mexico City, Mexico. 

“These new partnerships show a willingness of governments to work collaboratively to ensure our ability to meet the growing demand for coffee in a way that supports economic development among producers and conserves the unique tropical ecosystems in which coffee grows,” said Bambi Semroc, Vice President of Sustainable Markets and Strategy at Conservation International.   

The partnership with the International Coffee Organization aims to facilitate collaboration between sustainability leaders from industry and governments. The International Coffee Organization and the Challenge will jointly improve the collection, exchange, integration and dissemination of key data on coffee sustainability. This will help actors across the sector to better understand the need for renovation and rehabilitation of coffee as well as to map spatial distribution of coffee production and forest cover in coffee-producing countries.  

“As part of the International Coffee Organization’s overarching mission of promoting a sustainable world coffee sector, we will contribute to expanding and enhancing the coordination of public-private collaboration in the coffee sector towards a sustainable and healthy coffee community, while at the same time contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals,” said José Sette, Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization.

The International Coffee Organization will also support the adoption of the Sustainability Framework. This guidance tool for the sector, developed by the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, together with the Global Coffee Platform, and provides a common, accessible language for sustainability across the coffee sector. Governments will be encouraged to use the vehicles of the Challenge to showcase and track their respective efforts that promote sustainable coffee production towards the Sustainable Development Goals, such as the commitments from Mexico and Rwanda.

“As clear a testimony to the important role governments play in driving sustainable coffee production, we are very pleased welcome Uganda as a new partner in the Challenge,” said Semroc. 

Uganda’s participation in the Challenge builds on the country’s ‘Coffee Roadmap‘, which sets out the ambitious target to increase annual production from 3 million to 20 million bags of coffee per year by 2025. Uganda becomes the fourth country to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. 

“Coffee production is integral to the Ugandan economy as it contributes to 20 to 30 percent of our exports,” said Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye, Managing Director of the Uganda Coffee Development Authority. “We are excited about this new partnership with the Challenge, which will allow us to realize the targets in the ‘Coffee Roadmap’ by tapping into ways we can renovate and rehabilitate our coffee production sustainably for our smallholder farmers who are the majority of our coffee growers.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, formed by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry – growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and nongovernmental organizations. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and other stressors.

To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact the team at scc@conservation.org. 

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects including “Valen’s Reef” and “Under the Canopy.” Follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About the International Coffee Organization
The International Coffee Organization is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together exporting and importing Governments to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. Our Members represent the Governments of 98 percent of world coffee production and over 83 percent of world consumption. We endeavor to make a positive and practical contribution to the development of a sustainable world coffee sector and to reducing poverty through the following three Strategic Objectives: 

• Delivering world-class data, analysis and information to the industry and policy-makers. 
• Providing a forum for dialogue between and within the public and private sectors. 
• Facilitating the development of projects and promotion programs through public-private partnerships. 

More information is available at: www.ico.org.

About the Uganda Coffee Development Authority
Uganda Coffee Development Authority was established by an Act of Parliament 1991 and amended in 1994, Cap. 325 under the laws of the Republic of Uganda. Uganda Coffee Development Authority is established as a public authority and its mandate is to promote and oversee the coffee industry by supporting research, promoting production, controlling the quality and improving the marketing of coffee in order to optimize foreign exchange earnings for the country and payments to the farmers.

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Today’s decision builds on BHP’s commitment to improve environmental performance, which the company has pursued for years alongside Conservation International. Together, we have worked to save some of nature’s most…

Today’s decision builds on BHP’s commitment to improve environmental performance, which the company has pursued for years alongside Conservation International. Together, we have worked to save some of nature’s most spectacular places while encouraging greater investment in natural climate solutions, such as reducing​ deforestation.

​The message of today’s action is clear: Businesses cannot ignore climate change, the greatest threat humanity has ever faced, nor nature’s role in climate solutions. BHP is leading the way to a future where responsible economic development and stewardship of nature go hand in hand. That’s a win-win-win, for people, planet and profit.

Arlington, Va. (March 27, 2018) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan stated the following about BHP's commitment to the environment against climate change today: Today's decision builds on BHP's commitment to improve…
Arlington, Va. (March 27, 2018) – Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan stated the following about BHP’s commitment to the environment against climate change today:

Today’s decision builds on BHP’s commitment to improve environmental performance, which the company has pursued for years alongside Conservation International. Together, we have worked to save some of nature’s most spectacular places while encouraging greater investment in natural climate solutions, such as reducing deforestation.


The message of today’s action is clear: Businesses cannot ignore climate change, the greatest threat humanity has ever faced, nor nature’s role in climate solutions. BHP is leading the way to a future where responsible economic development and stewardship of nature go hand in hand. That’s a win-win-win, for people, planet and profit.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

​​Arlington, Va. (March 20, 2018) – Conservation International applauds President Michel Temer of Brazil on the designation of four new marine protected areas (MPAs) around the Trindade-Martin Vaz and the São…
​​Arlington, Va. (March 20, 2018) – Conservation International applauds President Michel Temer of Brazil on the designation of four new marine protected areas (MPAs) around the Trindade-Martin Vaz and the São Pedro and São Paulo Archipelagos, two regions in the South Atlantic. The four new MPAs cover an area of more than 900,000 square kilometers – larger than the countries of France, England, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland combined.

Sylvia Earle, the renowned oceanographer and founder of Mission Blue, joined Rodrigo Medeiros, Vice President at Conservation International Brazil, on behalf of over 30 partner organizations in a meeting with President Temer to discuss the marine protected areas.

The announcement from President Temer follows an active online campaign, featuring Brazilian actors such as Maitê Proença, Mateus Solano and Maria Paula as well as scientists and surfers, who have voiced their support for the MPAs. The campaign, called “It’s the Hour of the Sea”, has already received 10,000 supporters.

These four MPAs will increase the percentage of protection of the Brazilian Exclusive Economic Zone from the present 1.5 percent to near 24 percent. Near 12 percent of these new areas (111 thousand square kilometers) will receive protection from industrial fishing, mining and other detrimental activities. Marine protected areas have been shown to aid biodiversity, fishing and other local industries while also minimizing the impacts of climate change.

“For Brazil, these new marine protected areas will be important politically and environmentally. And for CI, this process represents our fight to advance the valuation of the marine ecosystems – something we have been doing for years,” said Medeiros.

The range of biodiversity in species is immense in the four MPAs. Trindade-Martin Vaz Archipelago and the surrounding seamounts hold algae diversity, habitat for sharks and other fish, marine turtle nesting and unique species of coral and sponges. Also, the São Pedro and São Paulo Archipelago is home to important migratory species such as the Mobula manta rays and the whale sharks.

Conservation International supports coastal communities in a myriad of conservation projects in Brazil. Highlights are available on Human Nature.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

​Arlington, Va. (March 20, 2018) – Conservation International applauds President Michel Temer of Brazil on the designation of two marine protected areas (MPAs) around the​ Trindade-Martin Vaz and the São Pedro…
​Arlington, Va. (March 20, 2018) – Conservation International applauds President Michel Temer of Brazil on the designation of two marine protected areas (MPAs) around the​ Trindade-Martin Vaz and the São Pedro and São Paulo Archipelagos, creating two large marine protected areas in the South Atlantic. The two new MPAs cover an area close to 900 square kilometers – larger than the countries of France, England, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland combined.

Sylvia Earle, the renowned oceanographer and founder of Mission Blue, joined Rodrigo Medeiros, Vice President at Conservation International Brazil, on behalf of over 30 partner organizations in a meeting with President Temer to discuss the marine parks.

The announcement from President Temer follows an active online campaign, featuring Brazilian actors such as Maitê Proença, Mateus Solano and Maria Paula as well as scientists and surfers, who have voiced their support for the MPAs. The campaign, called “It’s the Hour of the Sea”, has already received 10,000 supporters.

These two MPAs will increase the percentage of protection of the Brazilian Exclusive Economic Zone from the present 1.5 percent to near 24 percent. Near 12 percent of these new areas (111 thousand square kilometers) will receive protection from industrial fishing, mining and other detrimental activities. Marine protected areas have been shown to aid biodiversity, fishing and other local industries while also minimizing the impacts of climate change.

“For Brazil, these new marine protected areas will be important politically and environmentally. And for CI, this process represents our fight to advance the valuation of marine ecosystems – something we have been doing for years,” said Medeiros.

The range of biodiversity in species is immense in the two MPAs. Trindade-Martin Vaz Archipelago and the surrounding seamounts hold algae diversity, habitat for sharks and other fish, marine turtle nesting and unique species of coral and sponges. Also, the São Pedro and São Paulo Archipelago is home to important migratory species such as the Mobula manta rays and the whale sharks.

Conservation International supports coastal communities in a myriad of conservation projects in Brazil. Highlights are available on Human Nature.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

 

​Arlington, VA (March 16, 2018) – Pearl Jam will voluntarily mitigate an estimated 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions produced from their upcoming Brazilian tour dates on March 21 and…
​Arlington, VA (March 16, 2018) – Pearl Jam will voluntarily mitigate an estimated 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions produced from their upcoming Brazilian tour dates on March 21 and 24 in partnership with Conservation International. The band has purchased a ‘carbon offset’ via Amazonia Live, in support of the world’s largest tropical reforestation project which aims to restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon.

The funds from this offset will be invested in an agroforest project at the Uatumã Reserve, resulting in 20,600 planted trees spanning 8 hectares. This investment will also directly benefit 27 familie​​s, employing 30 people as seed collectors, nursery workers, planters and agricultural technicians.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Pearl Jam in protecting the Amazon and spreading the message of its significance well beyond its borders. The Amazon benefits communities that depend upon it for their livelihoods as well as people across the globe. Twenty percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from the Amazon, its forests provide thirty percent of the solution to climate change,” said Rodrigo Medeiros, Vice President of Conservation International Brazil. “Having a global artist like Pearl Jam join us in this effort is exactly what we need to keep people and the planet thriving.”

“As a band, it’s important for us to recognize the environmental impact of our tours and do what we can to mitigate that,” said Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard. “This Amazonia Live project is exciting because it helps to offset the CO2 we will emit with our Brazilian tour dates, while providing local employment and food security opportunities.”

Pearl Jam has a longstanding relationship with Conservation International, including a 2015 partnership to offset the CO2 produced during their Latin American and U.S. tour dates, with an investment in Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru, and the CarbonFund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil.

“Amazonia Live” is part of a partnership that includes Conservation International, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio), the Socioambiental Institute (ISA) and Rock in Rio.

About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow CI’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Amazonia Live
Amazonia Live is a Rock in Rio socio-environmental initiative in partnership with Conservation International, Funbio and ISA, the World Bank, GEF and the Brazilian Gover​nment. In September 2017, during the opening ceremony of Rock in Rio, the ubermodel Gisele Bundchen and the Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo announced to the world the largest tropical reforestation project in the world to take place in the Amazon rainforest, where 73 million trees will be restored in 30,000 hectares (nearly 70,000 acres), equivalent to the size of 30,000 soccer fields, by 2023. This initiative will help Brazil move toward its Paris Agreement target of reforesting 12 million hectares of land by 2030. The project is the result of a partnership between Conservation International (CI), the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio), the Socioambiental Institute (ISA) and Rock in Rio. Other partners are being added to this initiative permanently in order to increase this ambitious forest restoration that will benefit people all over the world, since we all depend on the Amazon to thrive. Learn more about Amazonia Live: http://www.amazonialive.com.br/​