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. Untouched, the Atlantic forest was six times the size of the UK, about 1,500,00 km². However, with the threats from urbanisation, plantations, agriculture, logging and irresponsible man-made wildfires, the Atlantic Forest has lost 80% of its forest in 20 years. It has a vast array of endemic species, urging the need for organisations like WeForest to take immediate action to restore the forest and it’s biodiversity. In Pontal do Paranapanema, WeForest has restored 2200 acres of forest and planted 1,779,500 trees, sequestering an estimated 282,265 tons of carbon dioxide. Their project aims to create forest corridors between the remaining fragments to increase tree cover and habitat connectivity for wildlife. WeForest believes restoration and protection of the Atlantic forest will increase if local communities are involved and are able to make a living, especially if the profits are higher than working in deforestation. The community-based tree nurseries, seed collection and planting activities, all locally run, lead to empowerment, financial independence and ecosystem restoration.
Earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity act as our life support system, sustaining all forms of life through the provision of clean air and water. While the human population doubled between 1970 and 2010, the world lost 52% of its biodiversity, with the worst decline located in Latin America with 83%. The Atlantic Forest is a biodiversity hotspot, making it vital to protect and restore the remaining biodiversity and to combat the progressive loss of the world’s precious ecosystems. The Atlantic Forest’s endemic species are threatened with extinction and research shows that the Atlantic Forest, among 6 other biodiversity hotspot, is projected to lose all its natural vegetation by 2050 due to climate change and human activities. The high carbon sequestration potential of second-growth forests in the Latin American tropics means the Atlantic Forest is a key player in mitigating and reversing the effect of climate change.
Your impact donation is helping to achieve the below Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.
We imagine a world where communities and nations sustainably manage their forests and natural resources for the benefit of our climate, our environment and humanity. Our goal is to successfully transform 250,000 ha of forest landscape by 2021, restoring 25,000 ha of forests (with an estimate of 25 million trees) demonstrating FLR best practices in different ecosystems and leading to the adoption of an international standard. Building upon corporate and scientific partnerships, we empower communities to sustainably advance and implement innovative, high standard, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes.