Centro de Estudos Rioterra (CES Rioterra) is a non-profit institution created in 1999 and based in Porto Velho, Rondônia, in the southwestern part of the Brazilian Amazon. CES Rioterra believes that it can contribute towards restoring the Amazon because it has successfully promoted restoration actions for the past 12 years, in association with family farmers, indigenous peoples and traditional populations.
The organization's mission statement is to: “Help form a critical society, aware of its social, economic and environmental context, capable of proposing a development model for the Amazon region that combines conservation and sustainability with improving the quality of life of local populations”.
With regards to restoration, Centro de Estudos Rioterra has a goal to plant 30 million trees by the year 2030. Around 7 million of these trees have already been planted, which corresponds to around 5,800 hectares, with benefits for more than 3,000 families.
Centro de Estudos Rioterra is a regional “Voice Leader” for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and is a member of the following networks: the UN Global Compact, Alliance for the Restoration of the Amazon, Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, NBS Brazil Alliance, Concertação pela Amazonia and Restor, all of which are networks that engage with the topic of restoring forests.
CES Rioterra has a bank of more than 900 GPS-marked native seed-bearing trees, a tree nursery with a production capacity of 2 million seedlings per year, restoration-based projects, a highly qualified technical team and research in carbon monitoring and fixation. The Center develops its own applications for restoration-related activities, with apps for GPS marking of seed-bearing trees, identification of areas, monitoring and digital platforms, and also offers courses related to different aspects of restoration for a wide range of participants at all levels.
The Center has extensive experience in the implementation of public policies, including those related to the international agreements made by Brazil during the Paris Agreement and connected to restoration and implementation of the Forest Code.