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Brazil is home to the biomes of Mata Atlântica and Cerrado.

The Atlantic Forest

Our 2021 field partners Fazenda Sertão, in the biome of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest), in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began the restoration of an endangered species palm Euterpe edulis Martius on their land.

Commonly known as juçara, jussara, açaí-do-sul or palmiteiro, it’s a palm tree native to the Atlantic Forest. Its fruits are highly appreciated in cooking and have high nutritional value. As it is a plant that grows in a more shaded area of the forest, it is being introduced in agroforestry systems that are already in place, which guarantees that they will be cared for together with the other species that are present in the planted areas.

Since Fazenda Sertão is an established organic farm using syntropic agroforestry methods, while educating their local community, we see great potential for cooperative growth. We are now creating a master plan to scale up their agroforestry plantings.

They have already initiated a design plan with a neighboring farm, Fazenda Encanto, to restore degraded land with agroforestry.

A recent satellite imagery survey by the collaborative mapping platform MapBiomas shows that, in 2020, the remaining Atlantic Forest cover was 25.8% of its original area. In the past 36 years, the biome has lost 1.3% of its original forest cover, revealing that, while deforestation here has slowed down, it’s still advancing. According to MapBiomas, 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of primary vegetation were lost between 1985 and 2020.

On the other hand, there are areas where the forest has regained its space. Secondary forest cover, in the early stages of regeneration, grew by approximately 9 million hectares (22 million acres) in the same period.

The near-identical figures for deforestation and vegetation recovery don’t indicate that an ecological balance has been achieved, given that old-growth forests have an irreplaceable environmental value. Even so, conservationists say the restoration initiatives mean hope for better days for the Atlantic Forest.

Read full article on MongaBay: https://news.mongabay.com/2022/03/brazils-atlantic-forest-gets-a-chance-at-a-fresh-start-through-restoration/

The Cerrado

In 2022 we welcomed new field partners in second biggest biome of South America, Cerrado, in the state of Goiás, Brazil. It is fundamental to the hydric balance of South America. Threatened by the expansion of monoculture, the Cerrado has lost 46% of its original area, and today is one of the most endangered biomes of the planet.

The Chapada Verde Project, is a socio-environmental project that contributes to the conservation and restoration of the Cerrado biome, producing seedlings of native species along with native communities, providing technical support for reforestation and running environmental education activities.

Our first pledge to this extensive project, is to support the operation of a newly constructed greenhouse for tree seedlings to be used in community reforestation projects.

Current progress of the tree nursery we’re supporting in the Cerrado.

Brazil is home to the biomes of Amazônia, Cerrado, Mata Atlântica, Caatinga, Pantanal and Pampa.

A biome is a large collection of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat.

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