Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. It is also one of the most threatened. Due largely to ranching, agriculture and urban expansion, its forest cover has been severely degraded in recent decades, and today only 12 percent of this iconic forest remains.
Brazil’s Cerrado Forest is home to over 10,000 plant species and more than 1,300 vertebrates, 340 of which have only been discovered in the last decade. It also houses several headwaters of important river basins. This essential ecosystem is under immediate threat from expansion of the production of agricultural commodities, including soy bean, maize and cotton.
The Nature Conservancy is working to promote large scale restoration in these two crucial forests – essential not only to the survival of a vast array of plant and animal species, but also to the people of Brazil – providing carbon sequestration, storage and filtering of water, protection against floods and economic opportunities to local communities.
Without these important habitats, 130 million people in Brazil will be without clean water and hydro-energy, and all of us will lose a vital climate regulator for our planet. We need your help now to protect the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado before they degrade even further.