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.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Brazil projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
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.