Brazil's Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact
2011 1 million hectares by 2020
One of the most ambitious restoration programs
In 2009, a group of NGOs, private companies, governments, and research institutions launched one of the most ambitious ecological restoration programs in the world – the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) Restoration Pact. The program has more than 260 members and has a mission to restore 15 million hectares of the forest by 2050. The Pact aims to promote biodiversity conservation, job creation and income generating opportunities through the restoration supply chain, provision of key ecosystem services to millions of people as well as to establish incentives for landowners to comply with the Forest Act. The coalition plans to restore more than 1 million hectares of land by the Bonn Challenge’s target of 2020.
In a series of interviews for the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, Pedro Brancalion of the Pact describes the context for restoration in Brazil and the Pact's approach to bringing health back to degraded lands.