Reforestation in Rio de Janiero with Gaia Technologies

Open Forest Protocol
Open Forest Protocol
3 min readJul 7, 2023


According to a new report by Reuters, deforestation has dropped in Brazil by 34% in the first half of 2023, an incredible feat and milestone. As environmental policy and funding ramps up, more trees can remain in the ground. However, despite this positive trajectory, 2,649 square km (1,023 square miles) of rainforest were still cleared in the region in the first half of the year- an area 3x the size of New York City.

It will take a concerted effort of keeping forests in the ground on one end, and continuing to plant and regenerate more from the other to pave a pathway to mitigating climate change. Fortunately, solutions are at our fingertips, if we have the imagination and drive to see them through. Especially in a country like Brazil, the ribcage holding the lungs of our planet in place, reforestation is the name of the game.

Sitting amidst lush greenery and tropical Atlantic forest stretching as far as the eye can see, Hugo Bozelli passionately shares his mission as Head of Operations at Gaia Technologies:

“To restore and revive the forest using cutting edge geospatial technology. We bring innovation to the ecological restoration chain, working closely with small landowners to recover the natural vegetation and breathe life back into nature”

Operating in the state of Rio de Janiero, which is home to both the countrys largest city and most biodiverse region, the team at Gaia Tech is making strides with local communities. The reforestation projects aim to restore degraded pastureland by planting native tree species selected for the local climate and soil. Gaia Tech assists local landowners in adhering to Brazil’s Forest Code, ensuring legal compliance and sustainable land management. This comprehensive approach addresses both environmental and socioeconomic goals, balancing conservation and development.

Working with Open Forest Protocol will allow Gaia Tech to provide financial support for these projects while improving their transparency for stakeholders and the public. At a moment in time where truthful, traceable data can write us a green collective future and serve as the soundtrack for new systems, deploying these resources to projects on the ground is vital.

As for Gaia Tech’s big dreams, their goals are substantial:

  • Reintroduce native plants and create habitat for local flora and fauna.
  • Increase forest cover and carbon sequestration to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change impacts.
  • Protect water sources and watersheds to enhance water quality and quantity.
  • Support responsible land management and legal compliance with Brazil’s Forest Code.
  • Generate opportunities, support communities, and foster environmental education.

Top challenges include securing long-term funding and resources for monitoring and maintenance, which can therefore bolster community involvement and achieve lasting sustainability in the region.

Through a shared commitment to transparency, sustainability and community support, Gaia Tech is utilizing the OFP system to overcome these challenges to restore forests and livelihoods in Brazil. Their reforestation projects serve as a model for ecological restoration and social development worldwide.

Hear from Hugo himself and the team at Gaia Tech:

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