To reduce wildfires, the COPAÍBAS Program is investing in emergency actions
Known as the most biodiverse savanna in the world, the Cerrado has historically suffered from wildfires, but in recent years these have grown to truly devastating proportions. Between January and August 2021 alone, the biome saw the highest number of thermal hotspots since 2012, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). In order to help tackle this problem the FUNBIO-managed COPAÍBAS Program, supported by the Norwegian Embassy to Brazil, joined forces with six Protected Areas (PAs) and channelled R$ 374 thousand (approx. US$ 68 thousand) into emergency fire-prevention and control actions. Another important movement by the project for Cerrado PAs was the release of R$ 33.7 million (roughly US$ 6 million) to consolidate 21 PAs over the next two years. In addition to operating in the Cerrado, COPAÍBAS is active in the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, where it is pursuing actions to reduce deforestation and support the conservation of forests and native land cover in both biomes.