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WeForest Project

Title

Brazil, wildlife corridors

Restoring the Atlantic Forest to bring back wildlife
Area restored
890 ha
Trees
1,779,500

Project Summary

The Atlantic Forest has been reduced to green fragments due to unsustainable agriculture. This has affected the rich biodiversity in the area. WeForest is planting trees to reconnect these forest patches, creating more space for animals such as the endangered black lion tamarin so that they can thrive again.

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    Black Lion Tamarins returning to their habitats thanks to the forest corridors.
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    Drone footage of a wildlife corridor, allowing wildlife to return to their habitat.
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    The nursery produces a wide range of native trees and plants are then sold to farmers.
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    Empowering women at community-based nurseries.
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    Native seeds collected from the standing forest.
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    Jaguars returning to their habitats (camera trap footage) in one of the forest corridors.
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    Agroforestry system is key since it increases crop productivity.

Region

Pontal do Paranapanema, western São Paulo state

Project Status

Open

Restoration Approach

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Framework planting
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Assisted natural regeneration

Target 2019

303,000 trees

Planting Period

November to March

Project Partners

IPE received the 2017 Award of Excellence from the Society for Ecological Restoration.
Laboratório de Silvicultura de Florestas Tropicais (LASTROP), Universidade de São Paulo; Instituto de Energia e Ambiente Universidade de Sao Paulo; Federal University of São Carlos; Instituto de pesquisas e estudos florestais.

Species

Acacia polyphylla, Anadenathena spp., Cedrela fissilis, Cordia trichotoma, Colubrina glandulosa, Enterolobium contortisiliquum, Guazuma ulmifolia, Inga laurina, Inga uruguensis, Jacaranda cuspidifolia, Peltophorum dubium, Tabebuia spp.

Project Goals

Restore native forest
Reconnect the Morro do Diabo State Park to the Iguaçu National Park
Conserve biodiversity
Promote economic development
Build livelihood resilience

Latest Project News

Brazil Amazon fires
Help protect the Amazon forest - Emergency Fund
| 10 September
10 September 2019
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Towering above restoration
| 13 June
13 June 2019
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Brazil as an agricultural powerhouse
| 10 June
10 June 2019
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The Brazilian Forest Code
| 12 February
12 February 2019
BRA_Ecocasa
Teaching for Trees
| 25 October
25 October 2018

Why is intervention needed?

Though the Atlantic Forest used to be 6 times the size of the United Kingdom, it is now only a forest in name. Over the course of 20 years, it has lost over 80% of its original forest cover due to agricultural expansion. No other large tropical forest has suffered this much loss.

Ecological restoration

In order to boost the forest recovery, we combine several restoration methods (i.e. assisted natural regeneration, framework species approach and farmer-assisted reforestation) which are chosen based on land ownership, level of degradation and the amounts of seeds present in the degraded soil. Agroforestry, yet another system, is also used when farmers are eager to directly improve their diet or grow their income. 

Livelihood development

We will win this battle against deforestation when people start making a living from restoring and protecting forests and not from cutting the trees. Community-based nurseries around the restoration sites are a good example and are ran by local female entrepreneurs. This allows them to become financially independent. Transplanting the produced seedlings to the final planting site provides another opportunity for income: members of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra) are hired and learn valuable skills to finally make a decent living. Various trainings in forestry techniques are provided to the people of the community several times during the year.

A growing Team

Together with our local partner we employ 25 people, working in the 8 community nurseries.

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* Carbon calculation methodology

This carbon figure is based on research conducted in the region of Pontal do Paranapanema. The total above-ground and below-ground biomass is estimated to average a sequestration of 317.24 tons of CO2 per hectare over a period of 30 years.

Ditt, E.H., Rocha, M. T., Padua, C.V. Estudos de viabilidade de projetos de carbono para mitigação climática, redução de pobreza e conservação da biodiversidade no Pontal do Paranapanema, São Paulo. In: Carlos Klink. (Ed.). Quanto mais quente melhor? 1ed. Brasília: Peirópolis, 2007, v. 1, p. 139-154.

The Benefits of Planting 1 Million Trees in this Project

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Ha restored
500
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Tons of CO2 sequestered*
158,620
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Families engaged
65
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Community-based nurseries
10
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People trained in plant propagation
400
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Ha of land benefitting from improved water quality
2,000
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Annual income from nurseries
2,500