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Amazon restoring the Amazon 3 September 2021

Amazon on the Amazon: Tech giant to help Brazilian farmers restore 20,000 hectares of rainforest (via BusinessGreen)

By Michael Holder

Major nature–based climate solutions initiative could remove up to 10 million metric tonnes of CO2 from atmosphere by 2050.

Amazon is to pay Brazilian farmers in the Amazon region to restore around 20,000 hectares of rainforest over the next three years, as part of a new nature–based climate solutions initiative it estimates could remove up to 10 million tonnes metric tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050.

Launched today in partnership with US non–profit The Nature Conservancy and the World Agroforestry Centre, the initiative aims to support around 3,000 smallholding farmers in the Brazilian Amazonian state of Pará to help restore degraded cattle pastures back into native forest.

Amazon said the Agroforestry and Restoration Accelerator would provide farmers with a sustainable source of income through the sale of cocoa and other crops, as well as experimenting with new approaches – such as through digital and satellite technologies – to support climate–friendly farming, monitor carbon removal, and expand markets for sustainable forest–based commodities.

Within three years, the initiative could restore native forest in the Amazonian region covering the equivalent land mass to the city of Seattle in the US, while also helping to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, according to the online retail and tech giant.

“Restoring the world’s forests is one of the most meaningful actions we can take right now to address climate change, and it will require innovative solutions to be successful,” said Kara Hurst, vice president of worldwide sustainability at Amazon. “We are proud to launch the Agroforestry and Restoration Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy to support solutions that prioritise high environmental integrity and strong community benefits. Amazon is looking forward to contributing our passion for innovation along with financial support to improve the livelihoods of local communities in Brazil, while helping to protect the planet for future generations.”

The Amazon rainforest has faced a growing assault from loggers and livestock farmers looking to feed burgeoning global demand for soy, red meat, timber, and other products in recent years, with deforestation rates worsening since Jair Bolsonaro took over as Brazil’s President in early 2019. Wildfires have also inflicted huge damage to the region with scientists warning forest loss could worsen as global temperatures increase, in turn leading to higher emissions.

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