Deforestation and ecological destruction have been a constant subject in my works. The Atlantic Forest and Rain-Forest have been a personal concern after I saw the destruction spanning hundreds of miles when I visited in 1979. Even then it was a serious problem. I visited again in 1987 and the difference was just tragic...Extending along the eastern coast of Brazil into Paraguay and northeast Argentina, the Atlantic forest has suffered a huge amount of deforestation, with as much as 92 percent of the original forest having already been lost.
No large tropical ecosystem has suffered as much loss as the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Covering less than 10% of its original land area, this once vast ecosystem has become so degraded and fragmented due to centuries of illegal logging, urban development, cattle ranching and agriculture, that it is now considered one of the most endangered habitats on Earth.
Once thought to have covered an area of over a million square kilometers, the Atlantic Forest has now been reduced to a total area of just under 100,000 square kilometers. Worryingly, what remains is severely fragmented, with many areas of forest too small and isolated to support species in the long term. Scientists and conservationists are working hard to protect and restore this incredibly diverse and unique forest. Ambitious reforestation projects, such as the Plant a Billion Tree Campaign led by The Nature Conservancy and restoration projects by REGUA, aim to replant native trees such as the Guapuruvu tree, to help rebuild the Atlantic Forest for future generations. This huge restoration effort has the potential to remove 4 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every single year. Arkive.org
Each work represents an ecosystem that has been restored or destructed.
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