Capão Redondo Forest
Restoring a pocket of Atlantic Forest for 3,000 students in São Paulo.
Capão Redondo Forest is located in the Unified Educational Center (CEU) of the highly-urbanized and low income Capão Redondo neighborhood of São Paulo. In addition to being a cultural and sports center open to the local community, CEU Capão Redondo has 3 public schools serving almost 3,000 students aged 0 to 15 years old.
Capão Redondo Forest has restored a degraded patch of native Atlantic Forest, showing students and the local community how a biodiversity desert in an urban setting can be transformed into a thriving ecosystem once again. The creation of this forest also involved a 6-month participatory programme running alongside it, thereby amplifying the impact of the project. Among the species planted, there are several trees with edible fruits, which are largely unknown by young people today.
Capão Redondo Forest is one of a series of interventions made by Formigas de Embaúba across São Paulo. The continued expansion of this network of forests will connect single community interventions with global socio-environmental issues. The purpose is to inspire people - young and old - to act and take small steps towards collective and transformative change.
“The creation of this native forest in our schoolyard will raise the awareness of the need to preserve and regenerate nature…and increase the wellbeing of our entire community.”
Mr. Eliseu Pereira Neves, President, Administrative Council of CEU Capão Redondo
Forest Report: 2023
Average of 3 Tallest Trees
The forest is growing beautifully and the surrounding public schools are increasingly using the area as an open air classroom. Some visitors are planting and taking care of the forest. I found some fruit trees planted with signs with their names. The soil is improving fast, and more birds are coming to the forest which is a great sign that the forest is thriving. People enjoy coming here, to sit with Nature, during their work break too.
Planting: October 2022
Brazil’s Atlantic Forests
Capão Redondo means “Round Woodland”
A reference to the ancient native Atlantic Forest that once predominated the area. The Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica in Portuguese) is the tropical rainforest that once covered Brazil’s coastline. Now, approximately 90% has been lost. The remaining pockets of Atlantic Forest are critical biodiversity hotspots, home to over 20,000 species of plants, many of which are now under threat of extinction.