By restoring thousands of hectares of forest in three states across Brazil: Goiás, Maranhão, and Piauí, our team is protecting biodiversity in the Amazon, the Cerrado, and mangrove estuaries.
Our team working to restore a deforested portion of the Amazon rainforest.
Why restore in Brazil?
The growth of the agriculture industry is the main cause of deforestation in Brazil. Intensive farming techniques cause the soil to quickly wear down, escalate greenhouse gas emissions, and threaten the protection of traditional groups, indigenous people, and Quilombola communities. By reforesting nearly 30,000 hectares (115 sq. miles, 300 sq. kilometers) in the Amazon, the Cerrado, and along the coast we are helping restore ecosystems while creating financial opportunities for surrounding communities.
Planting team at the Macacos site sorting through mangrove propagules.
How we started
We began scouting project sites and recruiting local leaders in 2021. By working directly with traditional groups, indigenous people, Quilombola communities, and local governments, we are restoring Brazil's forests and creating financial opportunities for nearby communities, beginning in the Amazon, Cerrado, and coastal mangrove habitats. Today, our teams are working to restore, conserve, and protect indigenous lands.
Planting native species in the Quilombola Kalunga Territory.
Where we're working
Tropical moist forest
Reforesting mangrove estuaries in the Amazon
Planting native red mangrove and white mangrove
Mangroves help stabilize shorelines, reduce erosion, and provide animal habitats
Tropical dry forest
- Forest restoration in the Caatinga forest, a biome exclusive to Brazil
- Planting native species such as Jurema Branca and Jatoba
- Helping mitigate climate change and restore ecosystems
Tropical mountain system
Planting in the Cerrado tropical savanna
Around 12,000 plant species grow in the Cerrado and 4,000 of them are endemic
Partnering with indigenous communities to ensure long-term forest restoration
Resident expert, João Maleta, helping identify native seed species in the Amazon.
Our progress to date
Across our two project sites in Brazil, our teams are experts on the details of restoring the specific biome where they work. At our site in Cavalcante, our team has established a Hands in the Dirt Training Center aimed at providing training sessions for leadership multiplication and supporting the growth of our work across Brazil, leading to the hiring of more community members.
employed in underserved geographies