Vinicius Uchoa, a local tree planter, is helping reforest the Mantiqueria Range of Brazil's much-depleted Atlantic Forest.
Mantiqueira Range Vinicius Uchoa, a local tree planter, is helping reforest the Mantiqueria Range of Brazil's much-depleted Atlantic Forest. © Robert Clark

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Brazil

The Nature Conservancy is working to promote large scale forest restoration in two of Brazil's crucial forests  - the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado Forest. They are essential not only to the survival of many plant and animal species, but also to the people of Brazil – providing help against climate change, storing and filtering water, helping protect against floods and providing economic opportunities to local communities. 

Due to many factors, very little of these forests remain. We are working to plant trees across these areas to benefit both people and nature. 

Mexico

In Southeastern Mexico, the Maya Forest is recognized as the America’s second-largest tropical forest after the Amazon. Encompassing the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula, the steamy tropical jungle famed for Mayan culture harbors iconic wildlife like the jaguar, puma, scarlet macaw. The Mayan forest also is home to vibrant indigenous Mayan communities who continue to practice ancestral farming practices .

In Southwestern Mexico, the Mesoamerican Forest Corridor is recognized as a biodiversity hotspot with diverse forest ecosystems and the America’s northernmost tropical cloudforest. In Chiapas, these forests also produce 30% of the country’s freshwater and sustain the more than 10 indigenous groups.

We are working to restore these forests which lose hundreds of thousands of acres yearly due to deforestation. 

Atlantic Forest
Over 120 million people in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay alone depend on the Atlantic Forest as a source of water and hydro energy.
Atlantic Forest
This forest is home to many species of birds, mammels, reptiles and amphibians including many endangered specied found nowhere else in the world.
Atlantic Forest
Deforestation of this forest has reduced the amount of water available to local communities. We are planting trees to help create more freshwater for people to drink.
Atlantic Forest
With tall straight trunks and an umbrella of branches at the crown, the araucaria trees, often knows as monkey puzzle trees in English, lend a distinctive look to the landscape
Cerrado Forest
Enormous biodiversity qualifies the Cerrado as the richest savanna in the world. In addition the Cerrado is home to the headwaters of the most import Brazilian Rivers.
Cerrado Forest
Home to thousands of plant and animal species that we can protect by restoring this great forest.
Cerrado Forest
The threat of expansion has hurt these forests but we can help bring them back to life through forest restoration.
Atlantic Forest
Due to expansion and developement, these forests are threatened. We can help restore by planting in these areas.
Atlantic Forest
Home to thousands of plant and animal species, the Atlantic Forest is an important habitat of Brazil.
Yucatan Peninsula
Each year, the Peninusla loses 80,000 hectares of tropical forest, the size of San Diego, California, is lost due to extensive cattle raching and extensive agricultural practices.
Yucatan Peninsula
The Maya Forest is recognized as the America’s second-largest tropical forest after the Amazon.
Yucatan Peninsula
The Mayan forest also is home to vibrant indigenous Mayan communities who continue to practice ancestral farming practices such as the Mayan Milpa (a corn, bean squash agro-system)
Chiapas
In Chiapas, these forests also produce 30% of the country’s freshwater and sustain the more than 10 indigenous groups.
Chiapas
These forests are inhabited by jaguars, the resplendent quetzal and the horned guan bird, known as the unicorn of the cloud forest.

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