Putting the pieces back together in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

Edge of Serra do Urubu
Bennett Hennessey
Serra do Urubu-Murici Corridor, Brazil
Putting the pieces back together in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest
Bennett Hennessey


To ensure the connectivity between forest patches in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.  

Project description

The Serra do Urubu-Murici Corridor is a 440,000 hectare landscape in the Atlantic Forest of Northeastern Brazil. This is a fragmented landscape with only a few isolated forest patches remaining, which are unique biodiversity hotspots and home to endangered bird species. In the northern end and southern tip of the Corridor, there are two distinct protected areas. In between the protected areas there is a mosaic of farms and small forest patches. The fragmentation of this landscape occurred mostly due to historic deforestation that started during colonization, and was carried out for centuries to intensively produce sugar cane. As a result, there is a 27,000 hectare ‘forest deficit’ on private land in the corridor, which should be protected forest according to Brazilian Forest Law.

To put the pieces back together in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, BirdLife Partner SAVE Brasil, has big ambitions. With the demise of the sugar cane plantations, and high number of degraded pastures for cattle ranching, they are providing an ecological and economically viable alternative to unsustainable agriculture. In partnership with local people, SAVE Brasil are investing in an innovative hybrid restoration solution using ‘food forests.’ This approach blends the best economic, environmental and social returns through a productive agroforestry-based methodology. It aims to enhance the connectivity between forest fragments and expand standing forests in the Corridor, while ensuring food security and access to market for farmers.

Restoration target

200 hectares of direct restoration will provide the blueprint for regaining the 27,000 hectare forest deficit in the Serra do Urubu-Murici Corridor.

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