Brazil's Atlantic Forest, extending along the country's eastern coast, is one of the most biologically rich and threatened ecosystems in the world. In addition to providing a home for unique species such as the muriqui, the Atlantic Forest accounts for 80 percent of Brazil's Gross Domestic Product and is home to 70 percent of the country's human population. To protect the biodiversity of this region, it is necessary to address the human and industrial impacts to the area.
IBio acquires two new members: On the ground in Brazil, CELB's partner organization - Instituo BioAtlântica (IBio), which was created to engage the private sector to contribute to the conservation and restoration of the Atlantic Forest, secured two new members. Furnas, one of the largest electricity provider's in Brazil, and the global environmental organization The Nature Conservancy, joined founding members Aracruz, Cellulose, CI, DuPont Brasil, Petrobras, and Veracel.
Aracruz to designate land to Private Reserves of National Heritage: IBio reached another milesone through its Conservation of Private Land's Project, when Aracruz Cellulose, a top Brazilian pulp producer, announced its intention to designate five areas of it's property to become Private Reserves of National Heritage (RPPN), which is a first for the company. Covering over 13,000 acres, the land will be strategically positioned within the Center Conservation Corridor of the Atlantic Forest, which is home to a number of endemic and threatened species, in addition to increasing the amount of privately protected land by 48 percent.
Launched the "Conservation on Private Lands" project and secured USAID support: Launched in September 2003 by IBio, this project provides large private land holders with the necessary scientific information and legal options to play a pivotal role in the creation of biodiversity corridors by establishing private reserves on their lands. The work is initially being piloted by Brazilian cellulose companies Aracruz and Veracel, two of the largest private landholders in the Central Corridor of the Atlantic Forest, with the help of CI Brazil and The Nature Conservancy.
Hosted Forests Dialogue meeting in Brazil: We partnered with IBio and Weyerhaeuser to host a meeting of The Forests Dialogue in Santa Cruz da Cabralia, Brazil. The Forests Dialogue is an on-going international, multi-stakeholder dialogue process focused on forest-related issues. The meeting, which attracted more than 30 participants from the forest products industry and conservation organizations, provided a forum for the exchange of ideas on key factors needed to achieve biodiversity conservation and positive business outcomes in forest regions worldwide.
IN DEPTH: The Atlantic Forest Hotspot