Location Curitiba, PR
Grantee 2017
Attended areas Socioeconomic Development

Eco-líderes: Formação de Lideranças para um Brasil Naturalmente mais Justo

Young Leaders Working to Conserve Biodiversity in Brazil

Brazil is the most biodiverse country on earth and a signatory to the Convention on Biodiversity and the Aichi Goals (UN), through which it commits to preserving at least 17% of its biomes. However, with the growth of agribusiness and extensive and illegal land development by the extraction industry, more than 300 state and federal bills have passed that hinder biome conservation progress. 

Brazil’s protected areas lack government funding, support from the social sector and often socioeconomic development in its communities. Moreover, despite the importance of this type of field work for Brazil, the area attracts few young people to lead its cause. Constant advocacy work and youth entrepreneurship are powerful tools that can reduce threats to ecosystems such as the Cerrado, the Pantanal, and what remains of the Atlantic Forest. The Rede Nacional was established in 1998 by a team of conservationists to fulfill conservation goals and strengthen Law 9985/2000 – which eventually went on to govern the Sistema Nacional de Unidades de Conservação.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Rede Nacional proposes to:

• Establish 20 training centers in Brazil’s universities with professors engaged with the cause;
• Mobilize and engage 1,000 students to defend the preserved areas through the eco-leader training centers;
• Promote advocacy that encourages eco-leaders to take the lead in this initiative.


Youth trained to defend biodiversity
Federal laws regarding Conservation Areas promoted
20 Conservation Areas protected, hosting some 500 thousand people

“We believe that conserving our country’s nature is the greatest benefit that can be provided to a society, and that the best way to do this is through protected natural areas.” – Rede Team

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