Brazil

Our Brazil project was located in the state of Sao Paulo in the 60 million-year-old Atlantic Forest. The forest spans across the eastern coastline of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay and is one of the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots, despite losing 85% of its original vegetation. The remaining forest was in far greater danger of disappearing than the more renowned Amazon Rainforest. For the past 5 years we have worked closely with WeForest to restore this land and successfully completed our work in April 2020.


The PrintReleaf project in Brazil was successfully completed in April of 2020.  Over the last 5 years, we planted 166,416 standard trees.  The final SGS field audit will occur in Spring or Summer of 2021.

Reconnecting the Forest

We restored networks between patches of forest with high biological importance. Contiguous forest networks are essential for the conservation of endangered species like the primate black lion tamarin and the giant anteater. The long-term goal of this project was to connect the Morro do Diablo State Park to the Iguaçu National Park, two core areas of the Upper Paraná Atlantic Rainforest Biodiversity Vision. Work is ongoing but PrintReleaf's efforts have enabled progress toward this long-term goal.

Biodiversity

This forest is home to 20,000 species of plants and thousands more of birds, land mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Planting trees combats the progressive loss of biodiversity. Over 11,000 species of plants and animals are listed as threatened or endangered.

Climate Change

The trees planted in Brazil play a significant role in building up the carbon sink. This project sequesters up to 317 tons of CO2 per hectare. Trees can reduce future carbon emissions and actively remove the excess carbon from our atmosphere.

Community

We worked with the local communities to involve them in conservation projects and capacity building. The project offered training and income opportunities in agroforestry, organic farming, and seedling production. Many of the participants were women.  We also build awareness of why restoring forests is a valuable effort.

Reforestation Partner

Our PrintReleaf Certified reforestation partner in Brazil was WeForest, an international non-profit that specializes in mobilizing companies to restore the world’s forests and embark their stakeholders into a long-term journey towards environmental sustainability.  You can learn more about their story and their mission in the video below.