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The Trocano Araretama REDD+ Conservation project, developed by Celestial Green Ventures in partnership with Instituto Amazônia Livre (IAL), is being used as the basis of a scientific article by members of the IAL team.

Renan Albuquerque Rodrigues, a lecturer and PhD researcher at the Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), the oldest and one of the most traditional universities in Brazil, and Dr. Antônio José do Nascimento Fernandes who both work at IAL have decided to use this first CGV REDD+ Natural Capital project as a test case and as the basis of a scientific academic article in Brazil.

This new link between the organisations, can be beneficial for all sides, while researchers at the university are currently analysing the potential of this particular academic paper, the IAL team are confident that it will be the start of a great relationship now and into the future.

The Trocano Araretama project uses a REDD+ methodology and is based on the principles of good governance (including social participation), transparency and inclusion. Abating deforestation and forest degradation; protecting vulnerable biodiversity; enhancing the livelihoods of the local communities and protecting the Natural Capital of the regions are key to the success these projects.

These REDD+ Natural Capital projects are designed to bring benefits to the local communities, who are also the decision-making partners deciding where and how the funds are spent, to improve their regions, in the way that they want.

GE DIGITAL CAMERA* This post was written with the collaboration of Renan Albuquerque Rodrigues, who is a lecturer and current Ph.D. student of Amazonian Culture and Society, journalist and currently advises IAL, in the area of humanities and culture. He was one of the members of the IAL team who visited Celestial Green Ventures Head Office in Dublin last October.


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The final amendments on the Trocano Araretama Project Design Document (PDD) – which is currently going through third party validation process – were discussed during a visit from our Brazilian partners from Instituto Amazônia Livre to the Celestial Green Ventures Head Office in Dublin.

The IAL team comprised Waldemar de Lima (President of IAL), Antônio José do Nascimento Fernandes (Counsellor-Secretary), and Renan Albuquerque Rodrigues (Consultant in the Human Sciences Department), who travelled all the way from Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas State, in the North region of Brazil.

The teams were joined by Eimear Dempsey, Research and Development Co-ordinator of Ecosystem Certification Organisation, who are the governing body of the Natural Forest Standard (NFS), under which our initial projects adhere to.

This week-long visit last October also included fostering further ties between the organisations, developing future strategies and sampling some real Irish culture.

Ciaran Kelly, CEO of Celestial Green Ventures, with Waldemar de Lima, president of IAL, Antonio Jose do Nascimento Fernandes, counselor-secretary, and Renan Albuquerque Rodrigues, consultant in the human sciences department of IAL

Ciaran Kelly, CEO of Celestial Green Ventures, with Waldemar de Lima, Antônio José do Nascimento Fernandes and Renan Albuquerque Rodrigues, from Instituto Amazônia Livre

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