The State of Pará has one of the largest expanses of remaining forest area in the Brazilian Amazon that also faces high deforestation risk, currently having among the highest deforestation rates. The state has no regulatory framework related to REDD+ or environmental services, but has some important related activities under development within its territory.
Pará has developed its Ecologic and Economic Zoning (EEZ) plan, a core instrument for land use planning policy which also provides guidance for the strategic actions of the Plan for Prevention and Control of Deforestation (PPCAD). The objectives of the EEZ are conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, development of sustainable economic activities, and reduction of land conflicts and deforestation.
The PPCAD is another important instrument, whose basic premise is that only the development of sustainable economic alternatives can perpetuate the drop in deforestation rates, contribute to the maintenance of forests blocks. The plan’s principle actions are divided in 3 groups: Territory, Land Use and Environmental Planning; Fostering Sustainable Activities; and Monitoring and Control.
In addition, several REDD+ projects in the state are in the phase of design and development, some of them through partnerships with NGOs, such as Imazon, Conservation International, and TNC.