Fundação Opção Verde is a patrimonial Brazilian Foundation which is able to acquire new lands for preservation in Brazil through donations. The purpose is to protect as much rainforest as possible for eternity. In that regard, the foundation looks at lands on the riverside in order to protect the hinterland; the rivers act as roads and when we protect the areas next to these ‘water roads’, the lands behind these lands become almost inaccessible. We aim to buy lots of pristine forest close to each other in order to create a larger protected area later in time.
In The Netherlands we support monitoring by local communities through the use of up-to-date and top-quality satellite data and technologies such as artificial intelligence to learn when, why and to what extent deforestation is taking place, or predict where it will in the future. In short; active protection revolves around ownership, local involvement, education and support, forest monitoring systems, and innovative technologies.
The most important ambassadors for forest preservation are local communities; people living in, around, and from the forest. These are also the people who have most to gain from forest preservation. That is why we engage with them to demonstrate the environmental and social benefits of rainforest preservation and also how standing forests can still lead to economic growth over a longer period of time. We aim to support their needs which can entail access to knowledge, access to markets, improved logistics, or cooperation for example.