Why reforest in Brazil?

Rampant deforestation from cattle ranching, agriculture, and logging threaten Brazil's ecosystems and the people who rely on them. These habitats are home to 15-20% of the world’s diversity including the blond capuchin monkey, the maned three-toed sloth, and the golden parakeet.

  • 9.3 million+

    Brazilians live under the poverty line

  • Over 3 million

    hectares of forest lost in 2020 alone

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How we started

We began scouting planting locations and recruiting leaders in 2021. We are working closely with indigenous groups and local teams to restore forests and create financial opportunities for nearby communities, beginning in the Amazon, Cerrado, and coastal mangrove habitats.

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  • Coastal

    Mangroves

    • Mangrove reforestation and restoration
    • Reduced erosion and stabilized shorelines
    • Protecting habitats for a variety of marine and avian species
  • Amazon

    Rainforest

    • Tropical forest restoration
    • Protecting thousands of endemic plant and animal species
    • Helps to support local communities towards sustainable agriculture
  • Cerrado

    Savanna

    • It represents the second largest biome in South America
    • Reforesting land devastated by large agricultural farms and slash/burn practices
    • Preventing desertification in Brazil's "water tank" that feeds the Amazon and other large reservoirs
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"Only at Eden": the dignity of employment for formerly enslaved people

Over 250 years ago, the Kalunga people escaped enslavement and settled in the Cerrado. There, they lived virtually undetected until researchers came in contact with them in the 1960s. Thirty years later, they were given the legal right to the land they inhabited. Over the years, parts of their land have become degraded and in need of restoration. Watch our video to hear more about how we are partnering with the Kalunga people to restore five thousand hectares (over nineteen square miles) of their forests.

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    Our success

    Our teams are still hard at work getting our seven planting sites in Brazil up and running at full capacity. At our site in Calavante, our team has established a Hands in the Dirt Training Center aimed at providing training sessions for leadership multiplication and supporting the expansion of our reforestation work across Brazil, leading to the hiring of hundreds of more community members.

    • 11,000+ trees

      produced, planted, and protected

    • 30+ employees

      empowered with fair wages

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