Status
Protected

Expanding REGUA: A Critical Reserve in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

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Project Overview

The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one of the world’s most threatened biodiversity hotspots

  • Species at Risk

    13

  • Carbon stored

    41,000*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Reserva Ecologica de Guapiaçu (REGUA)

  • 349 Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: $137,362
Funding Raised: $137,362

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Brazil
Acres

349

Project Overview

The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one of the world’s most threatened biodiversity hotspots

  • Species at Risk

    13

  • Carbon stored

    41,000*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Reserva Ecologica de Guapiaçu (REGUA)

  • 349 Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: £99,537
Funding Raised: £99,537

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Brazil
Acres

349

The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is one of the world’s most threatened biodiversity hotspots. Originally spanning over 500,000 square miles, less than 10 percent of the forest remains. Rainforest Trust has been supporting Brazilian partner Reserva Ecologica de Guapiaçu (REGUA) for over a decade to purchase and protect this severely threatened rainforest.

By strategically purchasing rainforest acres in Brazil’s Guapiaçu Valley, which is about 40 miles from the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, REGUA has created a secure 22,466-acre reserve that provides critical protection for many of the Atlantic Forest’s most threatened species, such as the Endangered Southern Muriqui. However, as development pressures from Rio expand into the valley, the integrity of the local ecosystem faces mounting challenges.

To combat this threat, Rainforest Trust is helping REGUA purchase seven strategically-placed parcels that combine for 349 acres and establish a protected corridor, linking properties previously acquired by REGUA.

The Threat

Urbanization, agriculture and deforestation all threaten the fragmented remaining Atlantic Forest.

Fueled by development projects related to the World Cup and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, land prices in the Guapiaçu Valley have increased significantly. Proposed development projects threaten to further fragment forests in the valley.

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Puma (LC)

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Jaguarundi (LC)

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Three-toed Sloth (CR)

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Ocelot (LC)

The Solution

Rainforest Trust will work together with REGUA to purchase 349 acres to provide much needed protection for its endemic and endangered species.

These purchases are part of a larger strategic plan to expand the reserve throughout the entire Guapiaçu Valley and reconnect forest fragments, creating essential wildlife corridors.

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