Saving Brazil’s Other Forest

To protect some of the remaining Atlantic Forest, PADF and Caterpillar Inc. invested in a program called the Biodiversity Condominium (ConBio) project with support from SPVS, a leading Brazilian conservation organization. This initiative fosters the protection of urban natural areas in in the Municipality of Campo Largo in Brazil’s southern Paraná State and helps improve the population’s quality of life in relation to their environment.

“This project will protect important green spaces and help further lead to the success and long-term sustainability of Campo Largo,” said Otto Breitschwerdt, Caterpillar Campo Largo Facility Manager.

ConBio also aims to teach children, youth and local residents about the natural treasures they have close by and the importance of preserving them. This is why we reached out to more than 1,600 children and 100 landowners to spark their interest and increase their knowledge of conservation.

“Our municipality has so many beautiful geographic landscapes and native areas. It is amazing to see the trees growing. We need to preserve these areas for our future generations,” said Valdomiro Lourenço, a local landowner.

He and other landowners used to grow potatoes, corn, and beans in areas that had remnants of native vegetation, something they have stopped doing. Now with the support from the ConBio project, they are planting seedlings of native species as part of the land recovery effort.

“The ConBio program evidences that investing in the environment can also enhance the lives of people, including vulnerable populations, since preserving critical habitats will ultimately improve the quality of life of the people who live near these sensitive areas,” said Luisa Villegas, PADF Program Director for South America.

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