Animation of a silhouette looking into a green forest with the text "because of you a forest will grow" in the middle.
Digital illustration by designer and TNC staff member Chelsea Broderick.

The Nature Conservancy

Our Gift to You: A Gratitude Forest

To honor your leadership and foresight, we have planted a Gratitude Forest in the Serra da Mantiqueira region of Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest.

The Gratitude Forest The Nature Conservancy has planted trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest to honor and celebrate you, our supporters, and the conservation successes you make possible.

Thanks From Our World

Through the Our World campaign, you became part of a dedicated group that is pushing to put the Earth on a sustainable path, drawing on our shared responsibility to each other and our planet.

And, thanks to your generosity, we’ve ushered in big wins for nature and for people. From the cloud forests of Colombia to the Colorado River to the coral reefs of the Pacific, we’ve partnered with diverse communities to bring us closer to a world where all people can thrive in harmony with nature.

Together, we’ve improved the management of more than 225 million acres of land, 275 million acres of ocean and 4,900 miles of river. We’ve developed new ideas to ensure that our food and water supplies are more sustainable and help cities work with nature instead of against it. And, we’re working with 30 countries and 50 U.S. states to achieve climate goals. The result: healthier oceans, lands and waters and bolder climate action. Now, we’re taking the time to celebrate the many achievements you have made possible.

The Gratitude Forest Located near São Paulo, the Gratitude Forest is nestled within many reforestation sites across Brazil. Click to expand. © TNC

Our Gift to You: A Gratitude Forest

To honor your leadership and foresight, we have planted a Gratitude Forest in the Serra da Mantiqueira region of Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest. About the size of Portugal, the Serra da Mantiqueira is a conservation hot spot that harbors a level of biological diversity on par with the Amazon, despite being a fraction of its size.

This region is the ideal place to celebrate the scope of your dedication. It is one of the best sites in the world to illustrate that we can restore nature, improve people’s lives and tackle climate change. And we’re working with local groups to ensure these newly planted trees thrive as a dynamic, life-giving forest long into the future.

In the Indigenous Tupi language, Mantiqueira means “weeping mountains,” in reference to its abundant springs and streams. Today, some 20 million people in the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais rely on the Mantiqueira’s forests to store and filter their water.

TNC believes reforestation holds the key to ensuring the Mantiqueira continues to support rural communities, urban residents, stable water sources, a wealth of plants and animals and our global climate.

Restore Our Forests

The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to planting a billion trees around the world. Scroll across the globe to learn more about some of our key projects.

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  • Sichuan Province

  • Yunnan Province

  • Cerrado

  • Atlantic Forest

  • Colombia

  • Kenya

  • Tanzania

  • Yucatán Peninsula

  • Chiapas

  • Upper Great Lakes

  • Central Appalachian Forests

  • Longleaf Pine

  • Mississippi Bottomland Hardwood

  • Shortleaf Pine

Local Forests, Global Climate

The Gratitude Forest is one part of TNC’s movement called Restaura Brasil to plant a billion trees across Brazil and around the world—and to accelerate a promising natural climate solution that is essential to achieving global climate goals.

Momentum is building for action as climate disasters mount. TNC’s research shows that while cutting emissions is all-important, it won’t be enough. Protecting and restoring forests and other ecosystems offers a clear path to absorbing a lot of carbon that’s already in the atmosphere.

In Mantiqueira region, our reforestation goal has grown to meet this global challenge. We aim to launch reforestation projects across 1.2 million hectares (nearly 3 million acres) by 2030, with partners and local authorities.

This massive restoration effort would remove enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—280 million tons over 30 years—to fulfill 10% of the country’s Paris Climate Agreement goal, the equivalent of removing 55 million cars from the roads. 

By restoring forests in high priority areas globally, like Brazil’s Serra da Mantiqueira, we can provide at least 10% of the emissions reductions we need to limit global warming to less than 2°C.

The Gratitude Forest stands as a testament to your incredible generosity and your commitment to taking action now that will benefit the generations to come. Thank you!