Grupo Ambiental Natureza Bela

Project title

Ecological Corridor Monte Pascoal-Pau Brasil (Climate, Community and Biodiversity)

Project Teaser

Working to restore the world-important Atlantic Forest ("Mata Atlântica") of Brazil, through forest restoration, creation of ecological corridors, and the improvement of the livelihoods for the local traditional and indigenous communities.

Active countries

Key Figures

Project Results

During 2018 and 2019, forest restoration work covered a total of 153ha in both national parks, together with local communities and other stakeholders. About 200'000 saplings of different native species were planted and monitored and maintained afterwards, in order to improve soil cover and improve habitat conditions.

Vegetation type

Over 30 native species of trees and other plants, native to the Atlantic Forest ("Mata Atlântica") biome.

Climate conditions

Humid tropical forest

Funding Sources

Funding Government
Funding Internal
Funding Religious groups
Funding International Aid
Funding Private Sponsoring
Funding Inhabitants


Grupo Ambiental Natureza Bela
Organisation contact
José Junior
+55 73 981083540/ +55 73 32702215
Contact E-mail
Av. Santos Dumont, nº 166 - nº 50
Postal code


The Grupo Ambiental Natureza Bela is a Brazilian NGO dedicated to the restoration of the Atlantic Forest ("Mata Atlântica"), a unique hotspot of biodiversity. The Mata Atlantica is acuallty a mix of interconnected forest types, with an extraordinary high level of biodiversity and many endemic species, not found anywhere else. This biome used to cover most of the coast of Brazil, extending into Paraguay and part of Argentina, but has been reduced to about 15% of its original extension through deforestation and habitat fragmentation. The work of the Grupo Ambiental covers not only the restoration of the forest itself but also the improvement of livelihoods of the local indigenous communities, who traditionally live in the area and depend strongly on the forests.

Their current work covers about 210ha of land parcels in two national parks, Parque Nacional do Pau Brasil and Parque Nacional Monte Pascoal, and in surrounding Indigenous Land belonging to the Pataxó group. The work is done in close collaboration with the local traditional and indigenous communities, through work cooperatives and/or associations. The Grupo Ambiental provides technical and scientific support and assists with the supply of saplings and later monitoring and maintenance. In addition, there are also environmental education and cultural activities that reinforce the connection with the restoration work and the value given to it.

The goal of the interventions is to restore or create ecological corridors, mitigate the adverse effects of climate change through carbon fixation in new forests, and to improve the watershed forest effect to increase the amount and quality of freshwater available in the region. These actions should also benefit local communities, creating new sources of work and income that are sustainable and longer-lasting, thereby improving their standard of living and opportunities.

Partnerships & Collaborations

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Sustinova is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area.

As a partner, Sustinova provides operational support to Reforestation World in its public activities.

ETH Zurich - Chair of Ecosystem Management

The Chair of Ecosystem management at the ETH Zürich organised the Latsis Symposium ETH 2018 “Scaling-up forest Restoration”, on June 6-7 & 9, 2018.

Reforestation World collaborated with the link to NGOs, practitioners and others stakeholders in the field of forest restoration.