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Atlantic Forest in Paraguay

Why we're involved

Remnant of Atlantic forest

In Paraguay some 13% of the original forest remains - mostly in a highly fragmented and degraded state.

Forest loss has primarily been driven by conversion to agriculture - with soya being the main crop.

Paraguay has laws requiring farms to retain areas of forest, but historically there has been little enforcement of or adherence to this legislation.

How we're helping

Flooded Atlantic Rainforest for electric power, Paraguay

We're working with national and municipal government and landowners to facilitate the enforcement of these laws, help maintain and restore critical biodiversity habitat and assist the livelihoods of some of the poorest rural peoples.

The scheme is called the Conformance with Forest Law Programme, and it has been one of the ingredients of success in Paraguay's Forest Conversion Moratorium that began in 2004, making it illegal to deforest any forested land in eastern Paraguay.

By 2009, Paraguay had reduced its deforestation rate in the Atlantic Forest by 90% compared to 2002 figures.

Useful links

Case studies

Making a pact to tackle deforestation in Paraguay

Making a pact to tackle deforestation in Paraguay

Written by Sarah Hutchison at WWF-UK, with support from Lucy Aquino at WWF-Paraguay
March 2011

Innovation in conservation: The case of Paraguay's Atlantic Forests

The case of Paraguay's Atlantic Forests

Sarah Hutchison reports from her visit to Paraguay (April 2008)