Protecting One of the World’s Most Important Biodiversity Hotspots
Just a few hundred years ago, the Atlantic Rainforest of South America once stretched over 500,000 square miles across Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Sadly, the impact of humans has drastically reduced its size, with only 7% of the original forest remaining intact. The land continues to rapidly decrease under the ongoing effects of deforestation, which is occurring at an annual rate of .5-2.9%.
Despite the heavy toll the years of logging, agricultural expansion, and urbanization have had on the Atlantic Rainforest, it is still one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. The diminishing region is home to more species than the Amazon, with many found nowhere else on earth! This includes South America’s largest primate, the critically endangered Wooly Spider Monkey, as well as other mammals like pumas, ocelots, and sloths.
In order to prevent further loss and fragmentation within the area, Rainforest Trust has been working closely with their Brazilian partner, REGUA. Together, they aim to protect what little remains of the Atlantic Rainforest by strategically purchasing rainforest acreage throughout Brazil.
Since beginning their efforts, REGUA has been able to secure an 18,000-acre reserve to provide critical protection of the most threatened species.
While these groups have made great progress, there is still more that needs to be done. Unprotected areas of the Atlantic Rainforest are under threat from proposed development projects of nearby cities. In addition, the fragmented state of the forests are causing serious disruptions of natural ecological processes that ensure the survival of the unique species found within the region.
This is where you can help. By purchasing a Gift That Gives More™ from GreaterGood, you can fund the purchase of more acreage of the Atlantic Rainforest. Your smart, effective donation will help Rainforest Trust and REGUA expand the protected areas and connect the forest fragments with wildlife corridors. Please don’t wait. Click here to help save the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.