Reforestation in Brazil to bring back wildlifeBrasilien
20 years ago, the Atlantic Forest was 6 times the size of the United Kingdom. Only 7% of the forest is still standing today and approximately 21% has been reduced to fragments of isolated green patches, scattered across a landscape that has been devastated by decades of deforestation.
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The Atlantic Forest is one of the most threatened biomes in the world. As a consequence, many plant and animal species living in the forest are marked as endangered, vulnerable or near threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s red list.
Despite this, the Atlantic Forest still has significant potential for carbon sequestration and UNESCO considers it to be one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots as it harbors a wealth of more than 40 amphibian species, 100 mammal species, and 350 bird species. Reforestation helps conserve these species in the region as more trees will facilitate the movement of wildlife and increase animal population. At the same time, the gene pool will become bigger which is key to the survival of a species. The animals, in turn, act as dispersers of tree seeds allowing natural regeneration to take place.
WeForest is active in Pontal do Paranapanema, the most western region in the São Paulo state to plant corridors that connect remaining patches of forests.
- Planting trees to reconnect the Morro do Diabo State Park to the Iguaçu National Park.
- Restoration maintance that includes replanting and controlling invasive grasses and herbivores.
- Establishment of agroforestry systems to help local small farmers and rural settlers to imporve income generation while also favoring landscape connectivity.
- Legal protection to ensure that forests and their biodiversity, will be conserved.
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To date, close to 2 million trees have been planted in the area. With your help it will be possible to restore the land equivalent (in size) of more than a football pitch.
- Restore native forest
- Conserve biodiversity
- Build livelihood resilience
- Promote economic development
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