This summer, with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, World Land Trust (WLT) is turning its focus once again to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest and asking you to help protect one of the world’s most threatened habitats.
WLT is joining with long time conservation partner Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA) to purchase and protect 221 acres (89 hectares) of threatened Atlantic Forest, adjacent to other forest reserves in the Guapiaçu watershed, creating the Olympic Forest Reserve.
We are delighted that Helen Glover, Olympic Champion and three-time World Champion rower, is supporting our challenge to save this important forest.
WLT wishes Helen and her rowing partner, Heather Stanning every success at the 2016 Olympic Games; we will be closely following their progress.
“I am very excited to be involved in this appeal to save amazing forest in Brazil. Being in Rio will be incredible and if we can save this habitat and raise awareness of what is being lost then its win-win for me.”
Helen Glover, GB Rowing Team
Olympic Forest Reserve, known locally as Paloma Coelho, is home to some of nature’s most spectacular species and is incredibly rich in biodiversity. It brims with exotic, colourful bird species – the Saffron Toucanet (Pteroglossus bailloni), Pin-tailed Manakin (Ilicura militaris) and Blue Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea) are just a few stunning examples.
“With the focus on Brazil for the Olympic Games, this is an excellent opportunity to support conservation and raise funds to acquire important forested areas such as Paloma Coelho. With the help of WLT and its supporters we can introduce protection through rangers and combat illegal activities such as hunting. We are very grateful to WLT for supporting our efforts here in Brazil”, said Nicholas Locke, REGUA President.
Just seven per cent of the original Atlantic Forest remains in Brazil. Please help to secure the Olympic Forest Reserve and protect all of the species found within it.
Update: Thanks to our generous supporters, we exceeded our £40,000 target and were able to safeguard the Olympic Forest.