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Our Rainforest

CONNECTING THE ATLANTIC FOREST
THROUGH WILDLIFE CORRIDORS

PROJECT

The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is one of the most biodiverse forests in the world, yet only 7% of the original forest remains as small, isolated fragments. Restoring the forest is extremely vital to safeguard the remaining biodiversity and combat the progressive loss of the world’s species and for our climate as well. The high carbon sequestration potential of second-growth forests in the Latin American tropics, means the Atlantic Forest is a key player in the climate change agenda. A partnership with Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ), the project aims to create forest corridors between remaining fragments, increasing tree cover and habitat connectivity for native species.

WHY RESTORING THE ATLANTIC FOREST?

According to UNESCO, Brazil’s Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlantica) is one of the world’s five most important biodiversity hotspots. Once stretching 130 million hectares across Brazil’s southeastern coast, the Atlantic Forest has been reduced to small isolated fragments, with some patches no larger than 50 hectares.

In Pontal de Paranapanema, where the project is based, the extent of deforestation has left a mere 3% of the forest standing. Despite this extreme level of deforestation, the Atlantic Forest still harbour a wealth of biodiversity and has a large potential for carbon sequestration.

PROJECT GOALS

  • Restore the native forest
  • Reconnect the Morro do Diabo State Park to the Iguaçu National Park
  • Conserve biodiversity
  • Promote economic development
  • Soil Protection
  • Increasing living conditions for endangered species

CARBON CALCULATION

This carbon figure is based on research conducted in the region of Pontal do Paranapanema. The total above-ground and below-ground biomass is estimated to average a sequestration of 317.24 tons of CO2 per hectare over a period of 30 years.

Location
Pontal do Paranapanema, western
São Paulo state
GPS: 22.29.134S/52.34.115W

Species
Acacia polyphylla
Anadenathena spp.
Cedrelafissilis
Colubrinaglandulosa
Enterolobiumcontortisiliquum
Guazumaulmifolia
Cordiatrichotoma
Inga laurina
Inga laurina
Jacaranda cuspidifolia
Tabebuia spp.
Peltophorumdubium

 

SUPPORTING KHASI COMMUNITIES
TO REGENERATE THEIR FOREST

PROJECT

The Khasi Hills are located in what has been described as the wettest place on earth, the Meghalaya ecoregion. The area is rich in biodiversity, home to sacred forests, ancient stone monoliths and Khasi communities. It is also under threat from deforestation and degradation. The project seeks to combat deforestation and restore the area’s forests for the benefit of people and nature. Through assisted natural regeneration and sustainable livelihood development, the area’s biodiversity and Khasi communities can flourish together.

Local communities are empowered through a number of livelihood initiatives to foster entrepreneurship and build livelihood resilience, reducing pressures on the forest. This, coupled with education to change lifestyles and attitudes towards the forest, decreases the extraction of timber for energy and firewood. Distributions of fuel-efficient cookers, with subsidies for the majority, target the 5000 households in the project area to reduce fuelwood consumption and improve forest and family health. Changes in farming techniques and nutrition are also an essential part of the project activities.

The Khasi are traditionally a forest-dependent people, relying on the native cloud forest for shelter, firewood, medicine and food. The Khasi also value their forest for its role in protecting springs and stream beds and conserving wildlife and attach spiritual significance to areas of forest identified as sacred groves.

WHY KHASI HILLS?

These communities are now at risk as their valuable forest is cleared for charcoal making, stone quarrying and grazing. The Meghalaya state, or “the abode of clouds” in Sanskrit, is of international importance, recognized as one of the wettest places on earth and a biodiversity hotspot.

PROJECT GOALS

  • Restore native forest
  • Promote economic development
  • Empowering the natural biodiversity in the rainforest
  • Soil Protection
  • Extension of woodland cover
  • Increasing livelihood for endangered species

CARBON CALCULATION

In East Khasi Hills the total above-ground biomass is estimated to average 104 tons of CO2 per hectare over a period of 20 years. This carbon figure is based on on-site measurements in 2017 according to methodology as compliant with REDD+ standards and carbon certified by Plan Vivo.

Location
East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya state
GPS: 25°24’20.08″N/91°39’28.45″E

Species
Alnusnepalensis
Castanopsisindica
Exbucklandiapopulnea
Myricaesculenta
Pinuskesiya
Prunusnepalensis
Schimakhasiana