Preventing child labor by opening up educational opportunities and helping Nike in its reforestation efforts characterize Winrock’s current work in Brazil. Since the 1990s, however, we have been extremely active in partnering with government and community leaders to develop effective strategies to combat deforestation and the greenhouse gas emissions that accompany forest loss. This has included providing monitoring and other technical support to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) programs. Additionally, Winrock has worked to expand the availability and demand for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including the use of renewable energy to improve water infrastructure projects.
Mitigating the impact of climate change requires tapping the power of markets. Winrock propels that approach by facilitating carbon offset trading and developing scientifically rigorous methodologies to measure and verify reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
The problem of deforestation in Brazil, particularly in the Amazon, is well-known. Nike is working with Winrock’s American Carbon Registry (ACR) on a unique way to raise funds to support reforestation. Through this initiative, Nike sells the carbon offsets issued to the company from ACR and donates the proceeds to protect and replant Brazilian forests.
Social and economic factors push many children in Africa and Southern Brazil out of classrooms and into tobacco fields and other forms of child labor. This robs children and entire communities of the chance to forge a better future. Building on the initial successes of the Achieving Reduction of Child Labor in Support of Education (ARISE) project, this follow-on program raises awareness about child labor and helps improve family livelihoods so that children can pursue their education. The program also works with government officials to strengthen and enforce laws preventing child labor.