Implementation of the Peugeot-ONF Forest Carbon Sink project


The Peugeot-Onf Forest Carbon Sink project was initiated by the Peugeot group in 1998, in the wake of the Kyoto Protocol. The project represents a unique experience of reforestation through the planting of native tree species in the arc of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

It sets out to understand the dynamics of tropical rainforest restoration and the forest´s role in the capture and storage of greenhouse gases. The project, which is funded by Peugeot and ONF (National Forests Office), is implemented by ONF Brazil and supported by ONFI.

The head office for the Peugeot-Onf Forest Carbon Sink project is situated at Fazenda São Nicolau in the municipality of Cotriguaçu, north-west of Mato Grosso. The forest estate has a total surface area of 10 287 ha, encompassing more than 7 000 ha of preserved amazon

Performed activities

The Fazenda, a true open-air laboratory, hosts a large number of students and researchers from partner institutions, whose works have, amongst others, resulted in the discovery of several new species. A number of scientific articles, doctoral theses and written works have been published thanks to research conducted at the Fazenda.

These research activities are supervised by a Scientific and Technical Committee constituted by well-known international and Brazilian specialists with research competency within the project´s scope of action. They add to the project´s relevance in regard of environmental, social and university-related agendas in Brazil, providing it with an international stature.

Since the reforesting started, schools and rural families in the region have been invited to join in annual programmes of environmental education to discover the concepts and practices of sustainable rural development. Another incentive is the programme of local integration, which aims to provide rural producers in the region with means to implement sustainable practices such as agroforestry systems, to demonstrate techniques of restoration of degraded areas or to provide assistance to the associative structure for harvesting the Brazil nut.

Some key data

Country: Brasil, Amazonia

Topics: Forest management, Territoires, Climate

Since 03/1999

Partners: Secretaria de Estado do Meio Ambiente (SEMA), Prefeitura de Cotriguaçu, Universidade Federal do Mato grosso (UFMT)


Results and impacts
  • 2.5 million trees of native species planted 600 000 tons of carbon captured
  • 15 000 plants/year produced in Fazenda nurseries
  • 120 hectares of degraded PPA (Permanent Preservation Areas), restored in 10 years
  • more than 20 new species discovered and described
  • 10 000 pupils have been received within the framework of the environmental education programme
  • a hundred students and researchers or so received (a large number of theses and scientific publications)
  • 2.5 million trees of native species planted


For further information

Référente ONF Brésil : Estelle Dugachard :