WHY IT MATTERS
The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is one of the most biodiverse forests in the world yet only 7% of the original forest remains as small, isolated fragments. Restoring the forest is extremely vital to safeguard the remaining biodiversity and combat the progressive loss of the world’s species and for our climate as well. The high carbon sequestration potential of second-growth forests in the Latin American tropics means the Atlantic Forest is a key player in the climate change agenda. A partnership with Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ), the project aims to create forest corridors between remaining fragments, increasing tree cover and habitat connectivity for native species. The community-based nurseries, seed collection and planting activities are under the management of local people who, thanks to our project, are empowered to earn a living while restoring the forest.