Joining efforts to recover and protect the biome

Where the river waters come from

Located between the states of Paraná, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the Serra do Mar Ecological Corridor is the largest and best-preserved segment adjacent to the Atlantic Forest in Southeast Brazil. There is also the stretch between the Tinguá Biological Reserve and the Serra da Bocaina National Park, which presents the most critical rupture of this biome. This is where the Instituto Terra de Preservação Ambiental (ITPA) operates, which helped to consolidate the Tinguá-Bocaina Biodiversity Corridor (CBTB). With 195 thousand hectares, the complete area covers nine municipalities in Rio de Janeiro: Vassouras, Miguel Pereira, Paty do Alferes, Barra do Piraí, Piraí, Paracambi, Engenheiro Paulo de Frontin, Mendes and Rio Claro. Today, this is the only home for several species, with a very high level of biodiversity and home to the Guandu River basin, whose waters supply and generate energy for about 10 million people in the metropolitan region of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Although essential for the maintenance of life and environmental services, the area suffers from forest degradation, and its conservation and revitalization are urgent.

Regenera América

Focus of action


Biome: Atlantic Forest

Region: Southeastern Brazil

Partner: Instituto Terra de Preservação Ambiental (ITPA)

Objective: Restoration of stretches of Atlantic Forest with a view to developing models capable of efficiently capturing and storing carbon in forest biomass, with benefits for biodiversity and the climate.

Goal: 70 hectares of forest restoration

Carbon to be sequestered: 26,950 tons of CO2

Social impact


Families/Producers Benefited: 3 sapling producers

People Benefited: 20 directly and around 50 indirectly

Hectares: 70

Municipality: Miguel Pereira (RJ)

Population: 26,000

Properties: 1

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