Restoring Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest

Brazil's coastal forest. Creative Commons: Miguel Vieira, 2011.

Led by SavingSpecies, this project will support the acquisition and restoration of wildlands in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest (Mata Atlântica) so that rare plants and animals can flourish once again in a region known for its incredible biodiversity.

Human actions are driving species to extinction a thousand times faster than the natural rate. Most conservation efforts focus on big charismatic animals like tigers and elephants but this isolated strategy will not prevent the current free fall in global extinction rates. The majority of threatened species are lesser known with very unique habitats and small geographic ranges. These critically important animals and plants are concentrated in only a few global ecosystems that are unfortunately being decimating by the endless and indiscriminant need for resources.

SavingSpecies works to reduce the rate of extinction by identifying regions in the world where extinctions are concentrated, determining areas that need to be reconnected, and then acquiring and restoring the land so that biodiversity can flourish once again.

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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