SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature

by CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation) Vetted since 2007 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


Help us protect and restore the Atlantic Rainforest, one of the most biologically diverse and richest ecosystems in the world. Despite its importance to the people of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, and millions of others, the forest is severely endangered, as only 12% of this precious rainforest remains. Our project aims to sustainably plant 10,000 native trees, restoring nutrients to degraded soil, and build a positive relationship between the forest and those who live within it.

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More than 125 million people live in the region of the Atlantic Rainforest including heavily populated metropolitan areas of Brazil. Human settlements put extreme pressure on the forest. As a global community we rely on forests to capture and sequester carbon to prevent climate change. Locals rely on the free services obtained from forests like clean water, fresh air, and protection from disasters such as landslides and floods. When cleared beyond a sustainable level we risk losing everything.


SINAL do Vale is a 500 acre farm, education centre, and meeting point, containing 200 acres of deforested land with the potential for restoration using native tree species. Our reforestation project will ensure the preservation of water sources for the local community and conserve the rich biodiversity of the endangered ecosystem. With an established education program, we also create opportunities for children to develop an appreciation for nature and to be a part of our reforestation effort.

Long-Term Impact

The local area around Santo Antonio has been severely affected by landslides and floods recently and water resources are threatened. Our reforestation project will plant trees strategically to protect the community from disasters and degradation of water sources. SINAL also employs local community members of Santo Antoni,o many of which live below the poverty line to help with reforestation efforts. As a global community we benefit from more forests capturing carbon to prevent climate change.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Facebook page with weekly updates on reforestation
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SINAL Website
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Organization Information

CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
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Project Leader:
Thais Corral
General Coordinator
Duque de Caxias, RJ Brazil
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