The national objective of the proposed project is to increase and sustain smallholder agricultural production, productivity and farm incomes and assist in the sustainable use of natural resources, by promoting the adoption of sustainable land and water management, at the microcatchment level, with full involvement of the farming community. The global objectives are threefold: (i) to address threats to biodiversity of global importance, (ii) enhance carbon sequestration in the agricultural landscape, and (iii) reverse land degradation in public and/or fragile lands.. These objectives would be achieved primarily through promoting the adoption of an ecosystem approach in rural areas compatible with OP 12, and by directly addressing the identified threats and constraints that are preventing the adoption of ecosystem approaches in Rio de Janeiro, which are also identified in other parts of Brazil, particularly in the Atlantic Forest ecoregions (for detailed list of constraints, see Annex II). The alternative project would be implemented in watersheds representative of the four major ecosystems of global significance in of the Atlantic Forest biome situated in the North and Northwestern Fluminense regions of Rio de Janeiro State. These ecosystems are: (i) floodplain forests, (ii) tropical semi-deciduous forests, (iii) tropical moist broadleaf forests, and (iv) coastal ecosystems.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Approval FY
Latin America and Caribbean
Executing Agencies
State Secretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development (SEAAPI)
GEF Period
GEF - 3
Project Type
Full-size Project
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund


Co-financing Total
GEF Project Grant
GEF Agency Fees


Received by GEF
29 Oct 2001
Concept Approved
01 Nov 2003
Project Approved for Implementation
04 May 2005
Project Closed
08 May 2012