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Brazilian Couple Created 1502 Acre Forest In 20 Years. Houses 500+ Species

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In the early 1990s, Brazilian photo-journalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado was stationed in Rwanda to cover the horrific accounts of Rwanda genocide. The on-ground experience left him traumatised. In 1994, he was returning to his home in Minas Gerais, Brazil, with a heavy heart, hoping to find solace in the lap of a lush green forest, where he had grown up.

But, instead, he found dusty, barren land for miles and miles, in place of the forest. In only a few years, his beautiful hometown underwent rampant deforestation, leaving it fallow and devoid of all the wildlife. For him, everything was destroyed. “The land was as sick as I was. Only about 0.5% of the land was covered in trees,’ he shared in an interview with The Guardian. Salgado was shattered.

It was at this time that Salgado’s wife Lélia made a near-impossible proposal. She expressed her wish to replant the entire forest. Salgado supported her idea, and together the couple set out on a heroic mission.

Salgado bought an abandoned cattle ranch from his parents and started building a network of enthusiastic volunteers and partners who would fund and sustain their mammoth project. In 1998, the couple founded Instituto Terra – the organisation which tirelessly worked to bring a forest back to life.

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Salgado sowed the first seed in December 1999. The couple hired around 24 workers in the beginning and was later joined by numerous volunteers over the years. They worked day and night – from uprooting the invasive weeds to planting new seedlings. Soon, their hard work bore fruit as tropical trees native to the region started flourishing in the area. They received a donation of over one lakh saplings which gave rise to a dense forest. The handcrafted forest comprises mostly of local arboreal and shrub varieties. Latest satellite imagery revealed how a soothing green forest cover has enveloped the area which once was a devastating arid eyesore.Since 1998, they have planted more than 2 million saplings of 293 species of trees and rejuvenated 1,502 acres of tropical forest. The biodiversity-rich zone has recently been declared as a Private Natural Heritage Reserve (PNHR).

The afforestation project, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest environmental initiatives in the world, has also helped to control soil erosion and revived the natural springs in the area. Eight water springs which once dried up, flow at around 20 litres per minute at present, relieving the drought-prone region of its woes. Salgado’s forest also happens to solve the much-debated notion about climate change, proving that the trend can be reversed if tried. His forest has resulted in causing more rainfall to the area and cooler weather, bringing a drastic and desirable change in the climate.

The most important positive aspect of the forest till now has to be the return of the lost fauna. More than 172 species of birds, 33 species of mammals, 15 species of amphibians and reptiles have been spotted in the forest interiors, something which was beyond imagination two decades ago. Many of the plant and animal species in his forest actually feature on the endangered list.


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http://www.scienceinsanity.com/2019/03/brazilian-couple-created-1502-acre.html

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fivefoottwo

this gives me hope for the future. it’s a small step in the millions of things we need to do to reverse the damage, but it gives me hope. thanks for sharing 

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sarahb
6 minutes ago, fivefoottwo said:

this gives me hope for the future. it’s a small step in the millions of things we need to do to reverse the damage, but it gives me hope. thanks for sharing 

Thanks, that's exactly why I shared it. I hope no one minds my clickbaity title :laughga: I'll probably change it later 

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RAMROD

Poor animals :(

Except for snakes and crocodiles, they can choke :triggered:

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2 minutes ago, RAMROD said:

Poor animals :(

Except for snakes and crocodiles, they can choke :triggered:

or you can choke...on a snake :huntyga: :lolly: :giggle:

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Mikolaj

Thank you for sharing this. It's a beautiful story. 

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RAMROD
17 minutes ago, Flopplause said:

or you can choke...on a snake :huntyga: :lolly: :giggle:

Everynight, bby :fan:

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21 minutes ago, Flopplause said:

or you can choke...on a snake :huntyga: :lolly: :giggle:

You're saying it like he didn't do it already more is more diva GIF by RTL 4

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2 minutes ago, JFK said:

You're saying it like he didn't do it already more is more diva GIF by RTL 4

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Earthling

Omg couple goals :heart:

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Glamourpuss

I love this. They are an inspiration. 

This is what humanity should be doing. When we take from nature we should give back somehow. 

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