Marcos, farmer and training participant
In Brazil, WeForest and our partners are demonstrating that biodiversity friendly land use alternatives are possible. Through planting connecting corridors between patches of forest, we restore the Atlantic Forest, a highly threatened and biologically significant ecoregion stretching from northeast Brazil to Paraguay.
Meet Marcos, a 75 year-old farmer who was recently trained in agroforestry and organic farming. After moving around various parts of Brazil and cultivating land, Marcos settled in Paranapanema when he was already 50, attracted by the promise of land ownership by the government. After six years of waiting, he was finally able to acquire several hectares of land, and he has been actively cultivating them since.
Marcos took part in training on agroforestry and organic farming: to grow his income and to boost the productivity of his farm, tree species such as pineapple, orange and jackfruit were planted. The additional forest cover also helped animals return to the area. “Last week my son spotted a giant anteater while herding our cattle and I recently saw some foxes, coatis and agoutis”.
Thanks to your support, we can provide even more training to farmers like Marcos and keep adding to more than 1 million trees we have already planted in the Atlantic Forest. These trees directly restore more than 600 hectares of forest, which are estimated to positively impact 45 000 hectares of land, bringing benefits to people, ecosystems and climate.
One of the community tree nurseries
A restoration plot with young trees