Mata no Peito: Protect & Replant Brazilian Forests

by Winrock International
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The Mata no Peito Initiative has raised over $40,000 in donations from partners to fund projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil and demonstrate community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

Winrock is grateful for the generous support to date from 155 individual donations via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including Sustain:Green, the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Presidential Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

Mata no Peito partners have collectively removed 19.55 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via purchase and retirement of carbon credits to offset their own carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,830 cars off the road for a year.

We are excited to announce an award of grant funds to Brazilian NGO Ecologica Institute (“Instituto Ecologica”) for reforestation and riparian restoration of 20 springs in the Taquarussu Grande Creek watershed, which provides water for nearly 70% of the population of the capital city of Palmas, Tocantins. Water supply from the creek has been reduced by 85% in recent years due to deforestation driven by cattle ranching and agriculture.

The Mata no Peito-funded reforestation project will increase the long-term water supply for Palmas as well as improve the water and soil quality in the Taquarussu watershed while restoring wildlife habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and avoiding the deposit of pollutants, which contaminates springs. The project will also provide jobs and raw material for income sources for local communities, such as jewelry, jellies, honey and other products promoted by Ecologica Institute in the region.

Ecologica Institute will begin work in October 2015 to establish the tree nursery and will embark upon reforestation activities in through the spring of 2016. We will report on project developments on www.matanopeito.org. Thank you for your partnership in support of this important initiative.

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a committed and visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative to raise funding and awareness for the strength of join actions to protect and replant forests in Brazil.

We are grateful for the generous support to date from 155 individual donations via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including Sustain:Green, the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Presidential Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

To date, individual and corporate Mata no Peito partners have collectively raised $41,000 and removed 19.55 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,830 cars off the road for a year. All donations will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil and demonstrate community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

We are excited to announce that we have identified, reviewed and expect to announce funding to our first project this summer, so stay tuned!

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a committed and visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative to raise funding and awareness for the strength of join actions to protect and replant forests in Brazil.

To date, individual and corporate Mata no Peito partners have collectively raised $40,000 and removed 19.5 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,825 cars off the road for a year. All donations will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil and demonstrate community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

We are grateful for the generous support to date from 155 individual donations via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), Sustain:Green, the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Presidential Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

We look forward to announcing the first Mata no Peito funded project in the coming months.  

Nike, together with Winrock, seeks to bring together a committed and visionary team of partners in the Mata no Peito Initiative to raise funding and awareness for the strength of join actions to protect and replant forests in Brazil.

We are grateful for the generous support to date from 155 individual donations via Global Giving as well as from committed corporate and nonprofit partners including the U.S. Tennis Congress, (USTC), Sustain:Green, the 2013 Environmental and Clean Energy Presidential Inaugural Ball, software development company iObit, Nissan, London Carbon Markets and Hub Culture.

To date, individual and corporate Mata no Peito partners have collectively raised $40,000 and removed 19.5 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints – equivalent to taking 1,825 cars off the road for a year. All donations will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil and demonstrate community engagement and enhanced livelihoods.

We look forward to announcing the first Mata no Peito funded project in the coming months!

Earlier this year we announced Sustain:Green as a corporate partner in the Mata no Peito initiative. Sustain:Green recently launched the Sustain:Green MasterCard, a biodegradable credit card that will offset for all card purchases through retirement of Nike offsets to benefit Mata no Peito.

Sustain:Green cardholders will have the unique opportunity to not only reduce their carbon footprint as they make everyday purchases, but will also be funding investments in Brazil forestry projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve livelihoods. In January 2015, Sustain:Green anticipates adding a prepaid card, with the same offset feature.

To celebrate the launch, Sustain:Green is offering a special bonus: For each new MasterCard issued and activated, Sustain:Green will retire 5,000 pounds of CO2, and if you use the referral code “ACR” an additional 5,000 pounds of CO2 will be retired for a total of 10,000 pounds per new card to benefit Mata no Peito. There’s no annual fee, so sign up now to get the Sustain:Green MasterCard at www.sustaingreen.com. I’ve made the commitment and hope you will too!

We thank Sustain:Green and other partners along with individuals and corporations for their continued generous support. To date we have raised over $40,000 from donors, who via retirement of carbon credits to offset their carbon footprints have removed 20 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere – the equivalent of taking 1,785, cars off the road for a year! All funds raised will be pooled to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil - improving livelihoods within forest-based communities.

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Winrock International

Location: Little Rock, AR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.winrock.org
Project Leader:
Mary Grady
Little Rock, AR United States

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