Garcia de Pou invests in the Planet

One of the planet’s most biodiverse green lungs, Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, has been threatened in recent years by deforestation. That is why the NGO WeForest decided in 2014 to launch a project to tackle the problem in some critical points of this tropical forest, with the aim of restoring and recovering the area’s wildlife, as well as helping local communities to earn a living from this recovery work. At Garcia de Pou we are collaborating in this project, aware of our social and environmental responsibility.

The Atlantic Forest, originally six times the size of the UK, had been reduced over the last 20 years to a few separate green patches. It lost more than 80% of its forest cover, affecting the rich biodiversity of the area. The idea of WeForest was to reconnect these scattered forests, creating wildlife corridors between them, so that animals, such as the now endangered black lion tamarin, could thrive with more space.



Solving climate change is urgent and investing in the planet absolutely necessary. With our contribution, the NGO WeForest can continue to create corridors, specifically in the Pontal region, where progress is significant. For example, between January 2022 and February 2023, 258 hectares of forest mass were restored, representing around 516,000 trees.


Pictures ©IPE and ©WeForest


Thanks to the audio devices placed in the area, 178 different species of animals have also been detected in these new forests, 4 of them endangered. Here you can hear the sound of a toco toucan (Ramphastos toco) and the black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus). Visit the RFCx Insights platform for more sounds.


Pictures ©IPE and ©WeForest


In the reports provided by the NGO, we can also see how the motion-sensor cameras have recorded some large mammals that have benefited from these wildlife corridors: tapirs, maned wolves, giant anteaters and pumas. Even a jaguar, of which there are only about 20 left living in the Pontal area, making it a privilege to observe one.



Thanks to the University of São Paulo and the scientific studies of the project partners, we know that the new forests are progressing as expected, in terms of carbon dioxide sequestration parameters, and that in 30 to 40 years they will be able to reach the same levels as the virgin primary forests. A fact that invites optimism and that, as a company, we are proud of.

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