IPÊ planted more than 1,500 trees in the Cantareira System, in a strategic region for the Atlantic Forest. This was possible because of individuals and companies donations using Tree-Nation, a platform where people have the opportunity to make a donation for tree plantations. There are 243 registered projects from 33 countries that share the objective of tackling climate change, like “Sowing Water Project”, an IPÊ initiative.
The first Tree-Nation trees were planted around the Atibainha reservoir, that takes part of the largest water supply systems in the world – Cantareira System.
In the Cantareira System, more than 21 thousand hectares of APPs - Permanent Preservation Areas need to be restored.
“The challenge in the region is huge and all donations are very important, because is helping us to restore forests and improving water production, in quantity and quality for millions of people. In the metropolitan region of São Paulo alone, 7.6 million people receive water from the Cantareira System, in addition to 5 million in the Campinas and Piracicaba regions”, celebrates Andrea Pupo, responsible for the Sowing Water Project.
On the Tree-Nation platform, people can choose which species they want to donate. Species diversity is essential for the Atlantic Forest and requires planning that takes into account the particularities of each one, as explained by Paulo Roberto Ferro, forest engineer at IPÊ.
“In addition to the division between cover species - which show rapid growth - and diversity that have a longer life span, we evaluate which ones best suit local characteristics. Araucaria, for example, shows good development in particular, in the higher areas with deeper soils, which also contributes to the dispersion of seeds. As for the juçaras, we look for areas where the forest remnants in the surroundings already provide a certain shade, a structure, in fact, capable of contributing to the development of the seedlings ”.
The next planting of Semeando Água with funds from Tree-Nation donations is scheduled for March.