Brazilian Rainforest Regeneration

While COVID19 quarantined entire countries, we watched global carbon emissions decline. However the loss of millions of acres of forest due to 2020 fires, has made it more crucial than ever before, to give future generations the benefit of restored forests to cool temperatures and sink carbon, in their lifetimes. 

Restoring Endangered Rainforest Species

Our newest field partners are a family living in two states: Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, both in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. They are beginning to replant the endangered Jussara palm in the midst of a thriving agroforestry project in Petropolis. More news coming here soon! The photo above is from the delivery of the first 1,000 trees we sponsored for planting in March 2021.

Gilson and his wife, Marcylene have an agroforestry project in Aiuruoca, Minas Gerais, with a strong focus on Jussara. And because of him that when we started talking immediately it came to me as an option to start by planting Jussara. He and Alan have been planning for some time to bring these seedlings and begin the introduction it into the agroforestry here in the Fazenda Sertão, Rio de Janeiro.


Our team in Brazil was engaged with the implementation of this Multistrata Agroforestry project, illustrated as Solution #28 in the book Drawdown. They know what worked and what could be improved. They are now able to scale the positive impact by teaching the best practices to smallholders in both the Amazon and Atlantic Forests of Brazil.

We must seize this opportunity. No. Matter. What.

PRETATERRA intends to carry out a 1.5 year agroforestry project, restoring 100 hectares of degraded private lands, by planting 100,000 trees which will help fix over 50,000 tons of CO2 (eq) over the next 20 years. This project will involve 35 farms and will impact over 200 farmers indirectly.

In São Paulo state, farmers and communities are being selected to participate to this large scale agroforestry project. The target areas that will be chosen for implementation are already degraded lands for restoration or monocrops for diversification. By using a participative methodology and a capacity building process, PRETATERRA will support the planting of 100 hectares of regenerative agroforestry systems in these lands, by donating seeds, seedlings and inputs, making machinery and labor available for the implementation, as well as supporting with direct technical assistance and guidance along the entire process.

Agroforestry is the best way to combine agricultural production and landscape restoration, as a “productive restoration method”. It allows to adjust to all farming contexts taking into account the current environmental context (land degradation) as well as the specific and local farmers’ needs. This methodology aims at diversifying smallholder farmers production and revenues ensuring food security, reduction of dependence on commodity market and spinning off rural development and entrepreneurship.

Participation in the project will be voluntary, and the beneficiaries will be selected through a set of criteria, such as strong land tenure, motivation to change and learn new regenerative agriculture practices.Their entrepreneurial and leadership profile is also an important criteria as their actions will influence and encourage other farmers to participate to this transition.

The chosen target region to hold the Agroforestry Project is located along the Itararé and Paranapanema rivers basin, in the southwest of São Paulo state, Brazil. The selected region is called “Alto Pararanapanema river basin” or Alpa region and it has strategic ecological importance, for it contains three important Environmental Protection Areas, and a massive high quality fresh water reservoir. This region was chosen also because of its rural aptitude and smallholder farming based agriculture.

Please contact us with your interest in receiving a comprehensive proposal.

PRETATERRA has been working with smallholders in the the area of Juruti, in the state of Pará, Amazonia for several years. The community is receptive to the agroforestry methods that have been tested there, producing Cassava alongside of fruit trees as cash crops to replace income from slash and burn for cattle grazing.

Universidade Federal do Oste do Pará has offered land for a tree nursery to grow rainforest buffer trees (mainly endangered species), service trees (for soil building) and fruit trees (for cash crops).

Please contact us with your interest in receiving a comprehensive proposal.