Note: our review article includes official documentation outlining our agreements formed with government agencies throughout the Amazon Rainforest.
Brazil is historically known for its insane rate of deforestation, and in 2005 ranked first for the amount of forests removed annually. It’s just one of the reasons that 8 Billion Trees has planting operations going full-force there to help save the Amazon Rainforest.
In fact, 8 Billion Trees is the only organization in the world that has gained the authorization to plant in the states of Tocantins and Para–which is home to some of the worst destruction currently taking place.
We plant a variety of species in Brazil but some of them include:
- Cacaueiros (Theobroma Cacao)
- Cumarús (Dipteryx Odorata)
- Açaizeiros (Euterpe Oleracea)
- Mógnos Brasileiros (Swietenia Macrophylla)
- Ipês (Tabebuia Serratifolia)
- Nins (Azadirachta Indica)
Shockingly, over 270,000 square miles of rainforest have disappeared in just the past few decades. To put that into perspective, in less than six years, Brazil deforested an area bigger than Greece. The World Wide Fund for Nature, in their annual Living Planet Report, confirmed Brazil is being destroyed at an “alarming” rate.
And in November of 2018, Brazil’s government confirmed the worst: deforestation figures are at their highest in over a decade. They have risen over 13 percent since last year. Furthermore, illegal logging and agriculture are pushing deforestation rates higher and higher.
Deforestation is particularly damaging in Brazil where Amazon rainforests are located. Scientists label these forests as “carbon sinks” for their ability to absorb large amounts of harmful emissions. Essentially, a carbon sink is a natural part of the planet (the ocean is one of the largest, but vegetation areas, like the Rain Forests, are another) that holds more carbon dioxide than it releases, which helps remove this harmful, heat holding gas, from Earth’s atmosphere. There are only a few areas on the planet, like the rainforest, where global warming gases can be absorbed—making them absolutely crucial to maintain before they go extinct.
Making the situation worse, the jungle environment is rich in biodiversity and contains countless species, many of which have not yet been discovered. Scientists estimate the number of unknown species to be in the billions.
Only by combating the widespread deforestation in Brazil can we combat the terrible environmental effect from the loss of millions of trees. Unlike other areas we plant, Brazil is in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Once endemic species there go extinct, there is no going back—they’re gone forever.
2021 Amazon Updates
We are excited to announce that our team on the ground is expanding!
Eduardo Risuenho, our biologist, is a specialist in ecology and conservation biology, with 17 years of experience in managing forest restoration projects, water resources management, and environmental education. We’ve also hired Maycon Garcia as our Brazil Projects Director, helping to manage our ‘growing’ projects, in a region that so desperately needs to be restored. By managing these nurseries, these dedicated individuals are helping us expand our efforts.
Our new planting sites in Para, Brazil have been staked out and are ready for native saplings!