At one time, the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest covered almost nine million hectares of eastern Paraguay. This amazing ecosystem suffered during years of uncontrolled deforestation. For years, Paraguay had the highest rate of deforestation in the Americas, and the second highest rate of deforestation in the world, destroying approximately one hundred and thirty thousand hectares of forest annually.
Thanks to the hard work of citizens, and the effectiveness of the Zero Deforestation Law, deforestation has been drastically lowered to a rate of only eight thousand hectares per year. But the damage has been done, and there are only approximately one million three hundred thousand hectares left of the original nine million.
The remaining hectares of forest are highly fragmented, making it very difficult for vegetation and wildlife to flourish. It is essential to restore this precious ecosystem, to create biological corridors for forest and animal species to move from one section to another. This will increase genetic diversity within species, and ensure the survival of Paraguay’s unique flora and fauna.
The reforestation of this essential part of the Atlantic Forest will contribute to the mitigation of climate change and will improve environmental consciousness within the country.