WeForest has been engaged in forest and landscape restoration in the Pontal do Paranapanema region in São Paulo state, southeastern Brazil since 2014.  The restoration project is designed to connect the remaining forest fragments of the interior Atlantic forest through Framework Planting of biodiverse forest corridors. In 2016 WeForest initiated two applied research projects with our in-country research partners.

Ecological impact of restoration efforts in Brazil

This project aims to study the ecological impact of the restoration efforts, both at the planting site and landscape levels, and in relation to pre-restoration and reference ecosystem conditions.  For example, we want to find out:

  • How the project is changing vegetation composition and structure
  • If the remaining forest fragments are benefiting from increased connectivity
  • The relative changes in relation to pre-restoration conditions

WeForest is funding MSc student, Carolina Giudice Badari to carry out the research, in partnership with Dr. Ricardo Viani (LASPEF), Prof. Robin Chazdon (PARTNERS), Dr. Pedro Brancalion and Dr. Edson Vidal (LASTROP) and Dr. Laury Cullen (IPÊ). Read an update on this research here.

Camera trap footage of a jaguar from one of the forest corridors - © IPE

Socio-economic impact of WeForest’s reforestation project in Brazil

Seedling preparation in one of our nurseries - © WeForest

The social, cultural and economic dimensions associated with Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) are not widely documented, despite the impact they have on the livelihoods of local communities and the outcomes of FLR initiatives. WeForest´s research in the Pontal do Paranapanema region in São Paulo state, Brazil, aims to study the socio-economic aspects of the corridor restoration project.

WeForest is funding MSc student, Loren Belei to complete this research. The project has been developed in partnership with Dr. Carla Morsello (EACH), Prof. Robin Chazdon (PARTNERS), Dr. Pedro Brancalion (LASTROP) and Dr. Laury Cullen (IPÊ).

In addition, WeForest has been working with Atrium Forest Consulting to measure carbon sequestration in the Pontal do Paranapanema restoration project using LiDAR technology.