IRC - Securing the supply of Carnauba wax from Brazil 

Carnauba (Copernicia prunifera) is a species of palm tree endemic to the semi-arid region of North-eastern Brazil, that grows wild in two high-biodiversity, endangered ecosystems: the Cerrado and the Caatinga. 

The Carnauba trees contribute to the protection of these unique habitats through the provision of important ecosystem services, including watershed protection, prevention of soil erosion and habitat for local wildlife. The tree provides a crucial source of income for the local communities living in the impoverished North-eastern region. This case study provides insight in to all the initiatives taken by the IRC, in order to secure a more responsible supply of Carnauba.

Document type: Case study

Date: 2021

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