Breathing Life Back into the Amazon

A new push in the Brazilian Amazon will plant 73 million trees to help re-grow the devastated forest

The Amazon rainforest has been facing the potential for devastation for years now. It is wildly known that the forest has been treated rough since the 1970s due to deforestation. Today, there is a bright, new future as a massive new project will attempt to help restore the forest to its former self.

Conservation International will be leading the world’s largest-ever tropical reforestation effort. The goal of the organization is to plant 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023. Through the sowing of selected native species and the planting of native species, the new area of forest should cover around 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of land.

As awareness of the rapid deforestation of the Amazon has come under the public eye, more organizations are stepping forward to try and reverse the trend. The Amazon is lush in resources and companies are quick to exploit it of natural resources, minerals, farmlands and infrastructure projects. Thankfully, the rapid deforestation has slowed down in recent years but we are still losing the Amazon at an astonishing rate. Since the 1970s, 20 percent of the rainforest has been cut down.

This is a huge win for protecting and rebuilding our forest

The importance of trees and forest plays a vital role in the health of diversity of our planet. The Amazon rainforest is one of the most diverse places on our planet and habitat loss is happening at an excruciating pace.

In preventing climate change, trees play a crucial role in the process of taking carbon dioxide and turning it into oxygen through photosynthesis. As the world aims to achieve the goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit the rise of the temperature on earth, the re-growth of forest will play be a key player.

Conservation International is part of the World Bank’s even bigger Amazon Sustainable Landscape Project. The project will spend over $60 million on restoring Brazil’s rainforest as we as trying to promote the connectivity of protected areas within the region.

 

 

 

 

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