Ecological impact of WeForest’s reforestation efforts in Brazil
What are the ecological consequences of WeForest’s restoration efforts in the Pontal do Paranapanema region (Brazil)?
Since 2014, WeForest has engaged in forest landscape restoration in the Pontal do Paranapanema region in São Paulo state (southeastern Brazil), a project designed to connect the remaining forest fragments of the interior Atlantic forest through the planting of biodiverse forest corridors. This two-year research project aims to study the ecological impact of the restoration efforts, both at the intervention site and landscape levels, and in relation to pre-restoration and reference ecosystem conditions.
Some of the questions we are interested in:
- In what ways is the project changing the vegetation composition (e.g. species present) and structure (e.g. biomass/carbon sequestered)?
- Is the intervention having an impact beyond the planting sites?
- Are corridors improving landscape function?
- How are forest fragments benefiting from connectivity?
- What are the relative changes in relation to pre-restoration/reference/control conditions?
WeForest is funding an MSc student, Carolina Giudice Badari, to carry out the research, in partnership with Prof. Robin Chazdon, PARTNERS, Dr. Pedro Brancalion and Dr Edson Vidal, Laboratório de Silvicultura Tropical (LASTROP), Dr. Ricardo Viani, Laboratório de Silvicultura e Pesquisas Florestais (LASPEF), and Dr Laury Cullen, Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ). In addition, Atrium Forest Consulting is measuring carbon outcomes using LiDAR technology. Check the first findings of this research here.
Socioeconomic impact of WeForest’s reforestation project in Brazil
Despite the need to understand how forest landscape restoration (FLR) actions are affected and affect the livelihoods and economy of local communities, the social, cultural and economic dimensions associated with FLR are not widely documented . This two-year research project aims to study the socioeconomic impact of the WeForest corridor restoration project in the Pontal do Paranapanema region in São Paulo state (southeastern Brazil), a project designed to connect the remaining forest fragments of the interior Atlantic forest through the planting of biodiverse forest corridors.
The project is in its initial phase of design. WeForest is funding an MSc student, Loren Belei, to complete the research study. It is being developed in partnership with Dr. Carla Morsello, Escola de Artes Ciências e Humanidades (EACH), Prof. Robin Chazdon, PARTNERS, Dr. Pedro Brancalion, Laboratório de Silvicultura Tropical (LASTROP), and Dr Laury Cullen, Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ).
Carolina Giudice BadariBSc AgroecologyPostgraduate Researcher
Carolina Giudice Badari obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Agroecology at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). She took part in an extension project linked to the development of agro-ecological processes in family farming in the State of São Paulo. As part of her undergraduate studies she collected and systematized information on forestry species native to the Mata Atlantica and did one year exchange at the University of Bologna, Italy, on the “Development and Management of forest and agriculture ecosystems”. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program at the Forestry Department of the University of São Paulo.
Loren BeleiBSc Environmental ManagementPostgraduate Researcher
Loren has a degree in environmental management from the University of São Paulo in Brazil, where she investigated the motivational aspects of social participation in ecological restoration projects. Before joining our team, she worked as a trainee in the environmental licensing of electrical companies. Loren’s passion for ecological restoration stems from her belief that we must contribute to the changes we expect to see in the world. Loren is particularly interested in the drivers of social participation and how it regulates the viability and quality of project implementation.