Shifting gears slightly, the second project we are supporting is on the other side of the world located near the ‘Arc of Deforestation’ in the Amazon Biome. The Fortaleza Ituxi Project aims to protect forests in the Amazon that have been decimated by the expansion of agriculture and cattle ranching.
Illegal land grabs & the sale of land to private investors has put forests in this region under intense pressure. Not to mention the construction of roads & infrastructure which continually damage local ecosystems.
Our contribution to this project will help prevent the deforestation of 5,391.6 hectares over 30-years. That’s about the size of the Sydney harbour! How exactly will this be done? In order to regenerate forests & stop any future deforestation, the goals of this project are three-fold: surveillance, education & investment.
Investment into improved security & surveillance in the area will ensure this unique biosphere is protected. Training & educating local communities will improve both knowledge & efforts to rebuild the region’s forests. Lastly, investment into local businesses, like fire brigades & timber processing plants, will lay the foundation for the region to flourish for years to come.