The state of Acre, located in the western region of the Brazilian Amazon, is a global pioneer in forest protection. For almost two decades, Acre has demonstrated leadership and a high level of commitment to low-deforestation development: since 1998, the state’s government has adopted a comprehensive set of policies that supports forest protection, sustainable land use and incentives for sustainable development. These policies put a strong focus on forest-dependent communities, including indigenous peoples and rubber tappers. Since 2005, Acre has managed to reduce deforestation significantly – by approximately 60% by 2017.
In recognition of Acre’s environmental leadership and achievements in reducing deforestation, the German government supports Acre’s state government through the REDD Early Movers (REM) programme. REM provides performance-based payments for Acre’s reduced emissions from deforestation. The funds are invested into further strengthening forest and climate protection and yield a broad array of benefits for people and the environment in the state of Acre.
From 2012 to 2017, the first phase of the programme was implemented with funds from BMZ (EUR 16 million) and BMUB (EUR 9 million). By the end of 2016, a total of EUR 25 million had been disbursed as results-based payments for reducing emissions from deforestation between 2011 and 2015.
At the end of 2017, agreements for a new phase of the REM programme were signed, with EUR 10 million from Germany and GBP 17.84 million from the United Kingdom. Implementation started in late 2017 and is scheduled to continue until 2022.
Acre’s Ministry of Environment IMC / SISA
REDD+ Brasil Info Hub