The Living Farms Program (Programa Fazendas Vivas) generates carbon credits from nature-based solutions. We focus on two types of project activities, including:
01. avoiding deforestation/conversion of threatened forests and grasslands; and
02. regenerating agriculture through reforestation with agroforestry species, diversification, integration and best management practices that improve soil health and sequesters GHG emissions.
01. avoided deforestation
Conservation of forests and grasslands that can be legally deforested in Brazil.
There are millions of hectares of surplus forests and native vegetation on private properties in Brazil. These areas can be legally converted for agricultural use according to the Brazilian Forest Code. To prevent this, the Program is financially compensating landholders to keep their forests standing, instead of cutting them down to produce soy or beef. The Program focuses on avoiding deforestation in two of Brazil’s key biomes:
the Cerrado and Amazon.
02. regenerative agriculture
GHG sequestration using soils and biomass through integrated crop, livestock, forestry systems
Properly managed agricultural systems that are integrated and diversified have the capacity to pull enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, sequestering it in soils and biomass. There are thousands of hectares of degraded areas in Brazil that can be restored through these systems, producing more food per hectare and supporting thr economic and environmental resilience of farmers.