The world's largest reforestation effort in history is underway
The largest tropical reforestation effort in history aims to restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023.
The multimillion dollar, six-year project, led by Conservation International, spans 30,000 hectares of land—the equivalent of the size of 30,000 soccer fields, or nearly 70,000 acres.
The effort will help Brazil move towards its Paris agreement target of reforesting 12 million hectares of land by 2030.
"This is a breathtakingly audacious project," Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, said in astatement.
"Together with an alliance of partners, we are undertaking the largest tropical forest restoration project in the world, driving down the cost of restoration in the process. The fate of the Amazon depends on getting this right—as do the region's 25 million residents, its countless species and the climate of our planet."
photo credit: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture