Forest preservation in Brazil
The state of Para, in the Northwest of Brazil, hosts one of the richest ecosystems on the planet, with a large diversity of animal and plant species. However, this area is threatened by alarming rates of legal and illegal deforestation. Agriculture in this poor region of Brazil is developing at the expense of the forest.
The Floresta de Portel project aims to protect and preserve this fragile environment by reducing deforestation and allowing the forest to regenerate naturally. It provides local communities with education on forest management practices to enable them to make use of the natural resources in a sustainable way. It also supports the development of fair-trade Agroforestry activities and introduces a “private conservation reserve” to better manage the land.
Reforestation in the United States.
On the other side of the Americas, a tree planting project is also working with farmers to reforest their degraded marginal farmland in the Mississippi alluvial valley. This region, before it was turned over to agriculture, was originally covered by 25 million acres of trees, yet only 5 million remain. Deforestation has dramatically impacted the ecosystem and the water quality.
This project is a powerful tool for reforestation as it plants two trees per credit sold. It also creates a reliable and sustainable income stream for farmers and landowners whilst restoring water quality, which in turn stimulates a self-perpetuating cycle of land management and reforestation.