Harpia harpyja biodiversity bank at Parana River International Biodiversity Corridor: Study Case Itaquiraí, MS, Brazil

Harpia harpya biodiversity bank

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Sub-regional
Country or countries covered Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

Harpia harpyja biodiversity bank has been implemented at Green Farm project, at BR 487, km 123. it is located within the Conservation Aimed Wildlife Breeding Facility - CCASC Porto Bonito. CCASC Porto Bonito is also developing banks dedicated to other 4 endargered species: Crax fasciolata, Caimam latirostris, Tapirus terrestris e Cunicupus paca. CCASC Porto Bonito is at the buffer zone of Ilha Grande National Park at the Parana River International Biodiversity Corridor, Itaquiraí municipality, Mato Grosso do Sul, within Atlantic Forest Bioesphere Reserve.

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

To estimate the value of an Harpia harpyja biodiversity credit for specie's rehabilitation at Parana River International Biodiversity Corridor. It is possible to use biodiversity credits to supply services for environmental compensation of companies under environmental licensing process. The value of a biodiversity credit can be used as reference for investments on endargered species conservation. The methodology involved elaborating a Service Area (geographical adequacy of specie), planing, implementing and monitoring an Harpia harpyja biodiversity bank with two credits.

Mandate for the assessment

Green Farm CO2FREE is responsible for managing the bank and hired staff including professionals for developing MRV methodology and project documents, with third party validation, verification and registration.

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted


System(s) assessed

  • Forest and woodland
  • Cultivated/Agricultural land

Species groups assessed


Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Genetic resources


Supporting Services/Functions

  • Habitat maintenance

Cultural Services

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish


Periodicity of assessment


If repeated, how frequently


Tools and processes

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

There was a public consultancy conducted by website and towards invitation to experts. MRV methodology is public available and Green Farm has an online camera system to allow public access to update information

Key stakeholder groups engaged

specialists, professionals, children at school age, students, universities, politicians, local, state, national and international public and private environmental organizations

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process

Less than 10

Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Scientific information only
  • Resource experts (e.g. foresters etc)
  • Traditional/local knowledge
  • Citizen science

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment


Assessment reports peer reviewed


Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Green Farm produced a bundle of documents for a regulated biodiversity bank and promoted a meeting with ICMBIO's director to present this as a proposal for governmental regulation on biodiversity bank's credits for endangered species.


Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

The project is already looking into developing biodiversity banks and issuing species credits for the other 4 endargered species at Green Farm's CCASC.

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Environmental organizations in Brazil do not understand the concept of a biodiversity bank for endargered species and do not hold procedures to evaluate species credits and their issuance. It is possible to regulate environmental licensing compensation investmens with those, but there is no clear understanding on its benefits and relation with current environmental policies. professionals and technicians do not have a clear understanding of what is necessary to measure and monitor for a biodiversity bank, how to define service areas or produce necessary documents.

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Fellowships/exchanges/secondments/mentoring programmes, Network and sharing experiences, Sharing of data/repatriation of data, Workshops, Developing/promoting and providing access to support tools, Formal training, Communication and awareness raising

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Green Farm participates at local, state, national and international events to communicate, share and learn

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

Economic evaluation of wildlife management, as weel as adequate procedures for wildlife management, specially at private properties at international biodiversity corridors

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Green Farm participates at local, state, national and international events to communicate, share and learn


Additional relevant information