Protecting the abundantly biodiverse Southern Amazon from deforestation
Brazil has the greatest concentration of biodiversity on the entire planet – its abundant life forms represent 20% of all Earth’s known species. The rainforest protected by this project is home to at least 345 bird species including three vulnerable bird species and a further 27 that are endemic to the Southern Amazon. Parts of the project area have been categorized by Brazilian Government's Ministry for the Environment as high and extremely priority areas for conservation. Yet Brazil’s rich Amazonian rainforests still face alarming rates of deforestation – a particular issue for the Southern Amazon, where low governance and encroaching infrastructure leave the area vulnerable to deforestation, primarily from beef cattle ranching and timber harvesting.