Ecosystem Restoration of Riparian Forests in Sao Paulo

Project Summary

The national objective of this project is to foster development of adequate tools, mechanisms and methodologies for each region in the State, aiming to facilitate and encourage future large scale restoration of riparian forests, in order to: (a) provide support for biodiversity conservation in São Paulo biomes (Atlantic Forest and Cerrado) through implementation of riparian forest corridors as a means to address the threat to biodiversity posed by forest fragmentation; (b) decrease, through restoration of degraded lands, sedimentation processes in reservoirs, rivers, water springs, headwater and recharge areas, for better quality and quantity of water resources; and (c) reduce local rural poverty through creation of ways to obtain financial resources derived from environmental services rendered by riparian forests.The global objectives of this project are: (a) stop and revert land degradation processes in riparian forests, both in public and private areas; (b) increase carbon sequestration in riparian forests; and (c) communicate the global relevance of local biodiversity threats and develop and implement mechanisms that support long term conservation of biodiversity.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
State Secretary of Environment (SMA)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
7,750,000 USD
Co-financing Total
11,770,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
635,000 USD
Total Cost 19,520,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
02 Oct 2003
Concept Approved
01 Jul 2004
Project Approved for Implementation
01 Jun 2005
Project closed
27 Apr 2011