Growing Forest Corridors to Replenish Vital Habitats in Brazil
The Atlantic forest of eastern Brazil used to hug the coast and extend far in land, housing immensely rich and bio-diverse flora and fauna. Farming and development has stripped and fragmented the forest to 7% of its original scale. Where we're planting it's down to 3%, but still it is home to jaguar, ocelots (small wild cats) puma, the endangered black lion tamarin monkey and over 100 species of tree - including three on the red list.
Coastline before and after tree planting
The Law on Our Side
The amazing thing about Brazil is that legislation is in place that requires all farmland to be at least 20% forested, which means that farmers are required to reforest. This makes WeForests role of planting forest corridors to link the remaining fragments of forest between Moro Do Diabo State Park and Iquacu National Park back together, a much easier proposition and also means that the replanted forest has guaranteed protection.
It is very rare to find communities with a seed forest that they can harvest seeds from but this project has one, right next to the protected forest that is illegal to enter. From healthy seed stock the women of these communities plant and tend the sapling nurseries and the men go out to plant. The forest corridors created are as close to the huge mix of trees found in the remaining forest as one could hope for. We hope to help WeForest achieve their dream of doubling the existing forest cover as fast as it can be done.
Here you see one of the wild life corridor in the planting site. Remember first there was nothing but grass and a few cows, now it is a real forest used by real indigenous animals.
Iracy (mother of 5) tells why she likes to work in the nurseries.
Camera traps in the wild life corridors capture the wildlife strolling around in their increased habitat. Here you see a Brazilian tapir or lowland tapir whose status is vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss.
All the footage here belongs to © IPE/WeForest.