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Described by the Nature Conservancy as “one of the world's most magnificent and endangered forests,” the Atlantic Forest in Brazil is in peril.
“Centuries ago, the Atlantic Forest covered nearly 330 million acres, an area roughly the size of the eastern seaboard of the United States. Today only 7 percent remains, much of which is in isolated fragments. Home to 130 million people, the Atlantic Forest has taken heavy hits from urban expansion, coastal and industrial development, agriculture, ranching and illegal logging. Despite the forest’s diminished state, 70 percent of Brazil’s population relies on it for its drinking water.”
Learn more about the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion trees project to save this threatened global resource.