The Atlantic Forest, also known as Mata Atlantica, once covered 130 million hectares across Brazil. Now, this tropical rainforest ecosystem is home to 70% of the country’s population. Centuries of deforestation for timber, sugar cane, coffee, cattle ranching, and urban sprawl have reduced the size of the forest by over 90%. Although the water supply for Brazil’s two most populous cities (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) comes from this forest, there is a lack of public policies and resources to protect it.
Planting trees here will help recover this endangered forest ecosystem and protect Brazil’s fresh water supply. Our amazing partners focus on degraded areas in Bananal, São Paulo, planting native trees in partnership with landowners and community volunteers. A key goal is the rehabilitation of springs and riparian vegetation, ensuring a healthy habitat for hundreds of threatened plant and animal species. The project also involves environmental education programs for local school kids.
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Our partners have studied and selected around 80 different pioneer native species to plant. These have been locally and ecologically adapted for the rehabilitation of a previously degraded ecosystem. Some of these species include Psidium, Pouteria and Soursop.
The Atlantic Forest, also known as Mata Atlantica, originally covered an area equivalent to 130 million hectares and extended over 17 Brazilian states. Over the last 5 centuries, logging, mining, farming, grazing, wildfires and unplanned urbanization have had a huge impact on the ecosystem. Political lobbying related to grazing and conventional land-exhausting agriculture have led to a weakening of environmental laws, and the protection of the forest has depended considerably on actions by private or community groups. Today, less than 10% of the forest remains in fragmented areas.
Mata Atlantica is considered a global hotspot, i.e, one of the richest areas in biodiversity on the planet. But it is also one of the most threatened. The forest is home to more than 20,000 plant species, 990 bird species, 300 mammal species, and more than 900 other vertebrate species (reptiles, amphibians and fish). Many of these are unique to the region, and 60% of Brazil's threatened animal species live in Mata Atlantica.
More than half of the tree species and 92% of the amphibians in the Atlantic Forest are found nowhere else in the world. Healthy forests provide food, shelter and habitat for biodiversity.
Teach local school children the importance of environmental conservation. Our project in Brazil involves activities for kids in the Bananal community, who learn how to plant trees and care for them.
Help rehabilitate natural springs and restore riparian vegetation to keep water clean. Brazil's most populous cities rely on Atlantic Forest watersheds for their fresh water supply.
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