In the heart of northeastern Brazil lies the breathtaking state of Piauí, home to a mesmerizing array of natural landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage. Yet, this captivating region has also faced the devastating consequences of deforestation, leaving behind scars on its natural beauty and threatening the well-being of its inhabitants.

Preserving Brazil's Biodiversity and Supporting Local Communities

Brazil's Cerrado and Caatinga biomes are rich tapestries of diverse ecosystems, including savannahs, drylands, and closed-canopy forest formations. This mosaic of habitats fosters an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal species, each uniquely adapted to the challenges and opportunities of these landscapes.

Gallery forests, a critical component of these biomes, play a pivotal role in maintaining landscape connectivity. These verdant ribbons serve as vital corridors for a wide range of species, including the Spix's Macaw, a stunning bird once declared "extinct-in-the-wild" in 2019. Sadly, these precious forests face an existential threat from agriculture and grazing, as they often occupy some of the region's most fertile and well-watered areas.

More than Planting Trees

The Paraim Ecological Corridor Project impact extends far beyond restoring the natural landscape. By engaging with Brazilian environmental policy and working with rural family farming communities, Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) is fostering a vision of sustainable land management that safeguards essential ecosystem services, supports biodiversity, and improves livelihoods.

In a landscape threatened by an expanding agricultural frontier and desertification, PECP stands as a testament to the power of restoration and community collaboration. As the headwaters of the Parnaiba River watershed – the main water source for the State of Piauí – this project creates a vital corridor between two networks of protected Conservation Units.

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Anticipated Impacts

Environmental

  1. Biodiversity Conservation: Restoration helps create habitats for various plant and animal species, promoting biodiversity.
  2. Water Quality Improvement: Vegetation helps filter and purify water, improving overall water quality.
  3. Soil Erosion Prevention: Trees and plants contribute to stabilizing soil, preventing erosion and loss of topsoil.
  4. Flood Control: Well-planned landscapes can mitigate the impact of floods by absorbing and slowing down water runoff.
  5. Wildlife Habitat: Increased forest connectivity within the landscape supports wildlife, contributing to ecosystem health.
  6. Enhanced Air Quality: Trees and plants help filter pollutants from the air, improving overall air quality.
  7. Microclimate Regulation: Vegetation can moderate temperatures, creating more comfortable microclimates in urban areas.
  8. Medicinal Plants: Many restored landscapes include medicinal plants, contributing to natural healthcare resources.
  9. Carbon Storage in Soil: Healthy soils in restored landscapes can store carbon, contributing to climate change mitigation.
  10. Stormwater Management: Vegetation helps absorb and manage stormwater, reducing the risk of flooding.
  11. Fire Monitoring and Mitigation: Implementation of fire monitoring and mitigation strategies prevents uncontrolled burns in the area, preserving natural fire regimes.
  12. Water Recharge: Restoration contributes to increased water recharge, replenishing groundwater reserves.
  13. Local Seed Collection Network: The establishment of a local seed collection network supports native plant regeneration and enhances ecosystem resilience.
  14. Comprehensive Restoration Plan: A collaboratively developed restoration plan for Rangel State Park, its buffer zone, and the APP zones of private, rural family farming properties along the perennial channels of the Paraim River ensures a strategic and holistic approach to landscape restoration.

Social

  1. Recreation and Aesthetics: Green spaces enhance the aesthetic value of an area and provide spaces for recreation and relaxation.
  2. Community Engagement: Restoration projects often involve communities, fostering a sense of ownership and environmental stewardship.
  3. Cultural Heritage Preservation: Restoration can help preserve cultural landscapes and historical sites.
  4. Job Creation: Implementation and maintenance of restoration projects can generate employment opportunities.
  5. Educational Opportunities: Restoration projects provide learning opportunities about ecosystems, conservation, and sustainability.
  6. Mobilization and Education of Rural Landowners: Initiatives that involve and educate hundreds of rural landowners contribute to community mobilization and education, fostering a sense of collective responsibility for landscape-scale restoration goals.
  7. Training Materials for Rural Landowners: Providing education and training materials for rural landowners interested in restoration initiatives not only empowers individuals but also strengthens community knowledge and participation in environmental efforts.
  8. Agroforestry Programs: Programs promoting agroforestry and extension services create forest-friendly and climate-resilient livelihoods, offering sustainable alternatives for rural communities.
  9. Livelihood Opportunities: Restoration projects offer livelihood opportunities for communities near the project. This includes direct employment opportunities and initiatives like seed collection, contributing to economic development.
  10. Co-defined Complementary Initiatives: Involving communities in co-defining complementary initiatives in the next phases of project development ensures that local needs and aspirations are considered, enhancing the social impact of the project.
  11. Recreation and Aesthetics: Green spaces enhance the aesthetic value of an area and provide spaces for recreation and relaxation.
  12. Community Engagement: Restoration projects often involve communities, fostering a sense of ownership and environmental stewardship.
  13. Cultural Heritage Preservation: Restoration can help preserve cultural landscapes and historical sites.
  14. Job Creation: Implementation and maintenance of restoration projects can generate employment opportunities.
  15. Educational Opportunities: Restoration projects provide learning opportunities about ecosystems, conservation, and sustainability.
  16. Reduced Urban Heat Island Effect: Green spaces mitigate the heat island effect in urban areas, reducing temperatures.
  17. Improved Mental Health: Access to green spaces has been linked to improved mental well-being and reduced stress.
  18. Enhanced Crop Pollination: Restored landscapes can support pollinators, benefiting nearby agricultural areas.
  19. Increased Property Values: Proximity to well-maintained green spaces can positively impact property values.
  20. Economic Benefits: Restoration projects can stimulate local economies through tourism, recreation, and ecosystem services.

Key Activities

  • Mobilization of rural landowners for restoration of Areas of Permanent Preservation and Legal Reserves on private property
  • Restoration needs assessment and implementation plans for rural properties to support alignment with environmental policies
  • Support in the development of the Rangel State Park Management Plan
  • Reforestation
  • Riverbank stabilization (as needed)
  • Agroforestry initiatives
  • Conservation agriculture and extension support
  • Fire monitoring and mitigation
  • Exploration of Payment for Ecosystem Services model (based on precedent)
  • Sustainable livelihoods – value chain development, alternative income opportunities

A Sign of Hope

While deforestation has ravaged neighboring areas, the Paraim Ecological Corridor Area of Interest (AOI) has shown remarkable resilience, losing only 11% of its tree cover between 2001-2020 compared to the staggering 18% loss in surrounding areas. This resilience underscores the potential for PECP to transform the region's deforestation trajectory.

PECP is not merely a restoration project; it is an investment in the future of Brazil's natural heritage and the well-being of its people. Join us in supporting this transformative initiative as we work together to preserve Brazil's biodiversity and empower local communities.

  • Nestled in the heart of Brazil's Cerrado and Caatinga biomes, the Paraim Ecological Corridor Project (PECP) is a beacon of hope for conservation and community development.

    Spanning over 67,000 hectares, this ambitious initiative aims to restore and maintain ecological connectivity through the critically important gallery forests of Brazil's southern Piauí region.

  • The Paraim Ecological Corridor Project is an expansion of Eden’s work in Piauí that began in November 2021. It
    scales Eden’s initiative to build collaboration with private landowners to restore their LR and APPs. The
    journey to Piauí was sparked by the story of Lake Parnaguá, a source of sustenance for fishing communities,
    and the significant challenges local communities face. As Eden builds on this vision, the PECP will incorporate
    thousands of additional hectares of degraded land into its restoration and protection initiatives.

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The Power of Reforestation and Community Empowerment

The Paraim Ecological Corridor Project is an exciting opportunity to restore a vital ecosystem and create a lasting impact on communities and biodiversity in Brazil. With your support, we can expand Eden's current work in southern Piaui and transform this landscape.

Your contribution will help us:

  • Engage with local communities to ensure their needs are met throughout the restoration process
  • Develop a comprehensive restoration plan that will guide our efforts for years to come
  • Begin early restoration activities, such as planting trees and removing invasive species
  • Create supporting initiatives that will benefit local communities and sustain restoration in the long-term

Together, we can make a real difference in the Paraim Ecological Corridor. Join One World today and help us restore this vital ecosystem for generations to come.

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