Floresta Viva has sought to increase its impact since its inception. In 2009, IFV signed the Pact for the Restoration of the Atlantic Rainforest, a national movement of public and private organizations to protect the remaining coastal biome.
Floresta Viva is also committed to contributing to the Brazilian government’s goal of reforesting 12 million hectares of forest by 2030 (a commitment made at COP 21 in Paris). While studies have begun to more clearly address how to avoid deforestation without undermining economic development, there still isn’t a consensus on the best way to go about reforestation. It is important to note that developing forests have greater carbon sequestration potential than mature forests, ie, they better mitigate the effects of global warming.
One of the major benefits of the partnership and research conducted between Brown University and IFV is the creation of a lasting sociological and ecological legacy. Supporters include UESC (State University of Santa Cruz), UFSB (Federal University of Southern Bahia), Climate Policy Initiative and Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation).
What is the most effective method for reforesting small farms and private lands? How can rural owners be active agents and guardians of reforestation? How can we better convey this knowledge to other parts of the world? These are the questions that drive us. Over five years (2016 to 2020), researchers will monitor the growth of 190,000 seedlings of 16 native species that were planted in 750 rural properties in the South of Bahia.
This project relies on the participation of 3,000 landowners. They will receive technical assistance and monthly payments for their services. A sociological survey seeks to know who these people are, how they manage the land, and how they deal with risk. In the end, the project will provide a robust database to promote better practice in these reforestation efforts, and thus help develop public policies.