The Atlantic Forest, also known as Mata Atlantica, once spanned 130 million hectares across Brazil. Now, this tropical rainforest ecosystem covers only about 12% of its original area and is home to more than half of the country’s population. Centuries of deforestation for timber, sugar cane, coffee, cattle ranching, and urban sprawl have contributed to its current state. Nearly all of the remaining forest is in western São Paulo State, including the Mooro do Diablo State Park, the Black Lion Tamarin Ecological Station, and many smaller forest fragments.
Our partners in Brazil are working to reconnect the Morro do Diablo State Park and the Black Lion Tamarin Ecological station, two core areas of the Upper Parana Atlantic Rainforest Biosphere Reserve. This will be Brazil’s largest reforestation corridor and served as a guide for future projects in the region. It will create 60,000 ha of connected forest for endemic and endangered species and improve the livelihoods of 1,000 families. And from an ecological standpoint, it will help maintain viable populations of flora and fauna and mitigate harmful edge effects like exposure to light and wind, diseases, and invasive species.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Atlantic Forest projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will plant over 100 native species, including Gochnatia polymorpha, Guarea guidonea, Tapirira guianensis, Inga striata, Inga laurina, Inga uruguensis, Pera glabrata, Croton floribundus, Syagrus romanzoffiana, Acacia polyphylla, Terminalia glabrescens, Albizzia niopoides, Anadenanthera colubrina cebil.
Our planting project in the Atlantic Forest is part of a larger project to restore more than 15 million hectares of forest by 2050 (an area larger than Greece).
To accomplish this goal, more than 260 organizations joined forces in 2009, including governments, non-profits, private companies, and research institutions. These organizations have come together to tackle some of the biggest problems the Atlantic Forest faces. Beyond planting trees and restoring land they are conducting research, developing tools and technology to monitor the forest, and producing public policy to make sure the forest is protected well into the future.