Brazilian Rosewood Protected Forest Project (RMDLT): A Code REDD project registered with APX

RMDLT photo boardwalkThe state of Pará, Brazil, is home to one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems on the planet. The Brazilian Rosewood Protected Forest Project (RMDLT) supports the fragile ecosystem of the Amazonian Rainforest by preventing rampant deforestation and giving degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate, while improving the livelihoods of the families that live within the project area.

This REDD+ project protects 177,899 hectares of high conservation value rainforest and will prevent net emissions of more than 20 million tCO2e over the project lifetime. It is a registered Code REDD project, validated and verified against the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and in 2012 attained CCBA Gold level accreditation.

It is one of more than 20 projects that have switched from their originally nominated registry to the APX VCS Registry within the last 2 years, further demonstrating the APX VCS Registry’s position as the preferred registry for project developers in the VCS market.

RMDLT photo path through trees

Key Facts: 

  • Protects threatened tree species like the pau-rosa (Brazilian rosewood)
  • Provides jobs in forest management and monitoring
  • Supports education in agro-forestry techniques to enable the community to grow cash crops
  • Protects at risk animals like the Giant Anteater, Golden Parakeet and Ka’apor Capuchin Monkey.
  • Provides secured land tenure to villages committed to conservation



The Project is adjacent to the Caxiuanã National Forest a protected area with exceptionally high biodiversity. The Project activities avoid ecosystem fragmentation and loss, providing a safe environment for over 30 threatened specieRMDLT photo house on riversides.

By supporting this Project you are investing back into the local community which consists of 130 families. It provides employment for forest protection and generates legal land-use permits that keep illegal deforesters out; it protects threatened species and enhances local livelihoods in the process. Food security is also improved for the community and additional incomes can be generated thanks to an educational programme on agro-forestry techniques provided by the Project.

To learn more about the project, contact Grattan MacGiffin Supplemental project information can be viewed on the Code REDD website and the VCS Project Database.