In the Field: Reforesting the Brazilian Savanna

We are on our way to the city of Mineiros, in the Brazilian state of Goiás, where CI-Brazil is implementing a reforestation project in the Emas-Taquari Biodiversity Corridor. Based on the voluntary carbon market, this project is just one of many climate change mitigation initiatives that CI is supporting across the globe.

Over 300 miles (483 kilometers) from our office in Brasília, Mineiros is located in the Brazilian savanna region known as the Cerrado. The Cerrado comprises 21 percent of the country and is the most extensive woodland-savanna in South America. It supports a unique array of drought- and fire- adapted plant species and a surprising numbers of bird species that occur nowhere else in the world. Large mammals such as the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus), jaguar (Panthera onca) and maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) also live there, but are competing with the rapid expansion of Brazil´s agribusiness frontier.

The Cerrado has been greatly impacted by deforestation, which threatens not only the survival of local people, ecosystems and species, but also contributes to global climate change. Our project aims to reforest at least 681 hectares (1,683 acres) with trees native to the Cerrado.

Representatives from our regional partner Oréades will guide us during our visit. We plan to visit the local community engaged in the project and also help to plant the first trees.

Stay tuned for more posts from our trip!

VIDEO: Artur Paiva of CI-Brazil on reforestation efforts in Brazil’s cerrado (Portuguese)

Mirella Domenich is the communication manager of CI-Brazil. She wrote this post with Artur Paiva, who is CI-Brazil’s coordinator of environmental services.

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