Rainforest Trust Update: New Hope for the Brazilian Amazon
Rainforest Trust recently published an update on their conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon:
"The Brazilian Amazon is facing severe threats from profit-driven activities like illegal mining, logging, and agricultural expansion, resulting in rapid deforestation. During Jair Bolsonaro's presidency from 2019 to 2022, deforestation rates surged by an alarming 59.5%. However, following the election of President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, a commitment to protect the Amazon and its Indigenous Peoples has emerged. Indigenous communities have long preserved the Amazon's biodiversity, and there's newfound optimism for conservation efforts in Brazil. Rainforest Trust, dedicated to respecting Indigenous rights and community engagement, aims to protect 20 to 25 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon with a $50 million investment over four years. This initiative aligns with their larger $500 million commitment to global conservation and a target of conserving 30% of Earth's land and oceans by 2030.
Rainforest Trust's strategy emphasizes collaborating with local organizations, particularly Indigenous peoples and communities, with the goal of securing land tenure protections for at least 50% of projects. Their approach recognizes the significance of intact rainforests in critical regions like the Amazon Basin. A recent partnership with Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil (IEB) launched the "Save the Brazilian Amazon" project, aiming to safeguard 2.2 million acres of biodiverse habitat. The project focuses on areas along rivers, crucial frontlines in combating deforestation, and home to numerous rare species. Given that primary forest constitutes 83% of Brazil's tree cover, the country is a top priority for Rainforest Trust's global conservation efforts.
The Amazon serves as a vital carbon reservoir, storing 111 billion metric tons of carbon, equivalent to over five times the yearly emissions of the top 10 CO2-emitting nations. Additionally, it shelters about a third of Earth's terrestrial species. The potential loss of the Amazon's rainforest, transitioning it into savanna, poses an existential threat to global biodiversity and the planet's ecological balance. Rainforest Trust is intensifying its work to prevent this dire scenario, with a renewed focus on Brazil's Amazon, in collaboration with supporters who share the urgency of safeguarding this critical ecosystem."
Read the full article on rainforesttrust.org