Reconnecting the Atlantic Forest, Brazil

by WeForest


WeForest plants trees to Make Earth Cooler for climate, people and planet. Trees are the best known 'technology' to cool our planet: they absorb the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help produce clouds. The Brazil Atlantic Forest is one of the most biodiverse forests in the world but only 7% of the forest remains. To combat further forest degradation and loss of biodiversity, WeForest is planting corridors of trees between fragments of remaining forest in Pontal do Paranapanema.
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Brazil is also home to a biodiversity hotspot which is far more depleted than the Amazon: the Atlantic Forest. This forest once stretched over 130 million hectares along Brazil's southeastern coast. Intense deforestation began 500 years ago and since then 93% of the forest has disappeared; only 7% of the forest remains. Forest fragmentation leads to slowly degrading soils, landscapes and biodiversity loss.


To combat the progressive loss of biodiversity, corridors of forest are planted between remaining forest fragments. Local species, many of them endangered, will be able to move between previously isolated patches and diversify their gene pools, which is important for the survival of endangered species, such as the native black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrisopygus). Communities in the area collect and grow native trees and are trained in plant propagation.

Long-Term Impact

The impact of planting 1 million trees in this project: 500 ha put into restoration 158500 tonnes of CO2 sequestered over a 30 year period 240 employed full time in project implementation for 50 months 400 people trained in plant propagation 2000 ha of land benefitting from improved water quality $2500 income per year generated by each family run tree nursery 10 functional community plant nurseries generated 115 tree species planted (all indigenous) 200 species' habitat range increased



Organization Information


Location: Overijse - Belgium
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Jeannette Van Bodegraven
Overijse, Belgium

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