We are extremely proud to see how our activities on the ground have effectively changed the landscape and contributed to additional cover in the Atlantic rainforest.
Historically, the Mata Atlântica covered 1.2 million km², about 12 per cent of Brazil. When Laury Cullen Jr. moved to Pontal do Paranapanema in São Paulo State 26 years ago, nine tenths of the once mighty Atlantic Forest had fallen. Cleared
for timber and farms, this came at a devastating cost to the region’s wildlife.<br><br>Working with small landholders, the Brazilian forestry engineer is proving that agroforestry can revive degraded soil while saving the
forest and fauna, including the endangered black lion tamarin, jaguars, tapirs and ocelets. His organization Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas has been reforesting at an average of 100 hectares a year, or more than a million trees.<br><br>In
2011, the largest reforestation corridor in Brazil was completed, a 700-hectare green link between the state’s two main remnants of forest, and Cullen continues to expand the work. New corridors connecting forest fragments and wildlife
populations are tended by hundreds of local families who earn a better living from the intermingled trees, wildlife and crops than from agriculture alone. Incomes are estimated to have increased by 18 per cent.<br><br>Cullen’s
approach of combining landscape restoration with new income sources for farmers has become one of Brazil’s most quoted community-based conservation achievements, a new paradigm for modern humanity living in harmony with the natural