Brazil

The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is one of the most ecologically biodiverse places in the world. Yet over the years, human driven activities have led to major habitat loss and forest fragmentation.

At the present, the remaining forest is in far greater danger of disappearing than the more renowned Amazon Rainforest. WeForest is combating the progressive loss of biodiversity in the Upper Paraná Atlantic Rainforest Ecoregion, contributing to the restoration of some of the best and most extensive examples of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil.

Enhancing Landscape Connectivity

As the remaining fragments continue to face human pressure, WeForest aims to connect isolated and often small forest patches to the remaining protected areas in the Pontal do Paranapanema region in the Western São Paulo State. This conservation approach focuses on restoring networks and connectivity between remnants of high biological importance.

Critical Biodiversity Conservation

Forest corridors allow the movement of threatened fauna, increase the genetic variability of species and improve the chances of species survival2. The project serves to protect the remaining habitat for the critically endangered primate ‘black lion tamarin’ (Leontopithecus chrisopygus), as well as for other key species whose migratory movements have been compromised as a result of the prolonged environmental degradation and deforestation.

We are ambitious! Our goal is to connect the Morro do Diablo State Park to the Iguaçu National Park, two core areas of the Upper Paraná Atlantic Rainforest Biodiversity Vision.

The Objectives

  • To plant 700,000 to 1,000,000 trees per annum, restoring 350 to 500 ha of large continuous forest corridors every year.
  • To integrate diverse landscapes with biodiversity conservation, reverting the loss of species in forest fragments.
  • To create community based nursery systems that generate income for local families who are trained in plant propagation and management techniques.

Our Approach

We join forces with local stakeholders and contribute to the development of local conservation and capacity building. To strengthen the awareness and understanding of the full value and service of forests, we support the local community, and in particular women, by providing opportunities to improve livelihoods.