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Planting Trees in Brazil Vinicius Uchoa is a local tree planter who is planting trees in the Mantiqueira Range, Brazil. © Robert Clark

Stories in Brazil

The Mantiqueira Restoration Project

Tackling Climate Change by restoring 1.2 million hectares of forest in Brazil by 2030.

The world is losing the race against climate change, and as Brian McPeek, the Conservancy´s chief conservation office, said, “we are the last generation with the chance to put the world on a sustainable path and avoid catastrophic climate change.” Reforestation is among the biggest untapped opportunities to change that scenario, and countries have pledged to reforest more than 200 million hectares, the equivalent of eliminating half of all emissions from transportation globally. The governments are struggling to turn those bold commitments into action, but to do that they need a big commercial success story that shows reforestation can create jobs and grow the economy.

Brazil’s Serra da Mantiqueira region is one of the best places in the world to build a solid case for how restoration can tackle climate change, help ensure water production, and improve the income of rural owners. The Mantiqueira Restoration Project is an initiative that brings together stakeholders from 284 Brazilian municipalities located near Brazil’s biggest markets, the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, to build a forest restoration network.

The goal is to work with decision-makers to channel potential public funding to tangible forest restoration efforts aiming at developing a training program of excellence that is widely accessible. The program will be based on the positive experiences of watershed protection and agroforestry models implemented by the Conservancy and local partners, and will teach local landowners and practitioners how to carry out forest restoration efficiently and effectively.


•    1.2 million hectares of forest restoration underway by 2030
•    260 million tons of CO2 sequestered over 30 years
•    284 municipal projects engaged through 40 Restoration Hubs
•    More than 2000 local farmers and technicians trained
•    $5 billion in public funding and local “sweat equity” invested in forest restoration