Photo: Xará Villela
Photo: Xará Villela

Climate Changes

In order to debate climate changes and measure its effects upon the Atlantic Forest biome, we have been supporting, since 2011, projects dedicated to the study of this theme by way of the Bio&Clima-Lagamar call for proposals.

Projects that receive support in this area were selected until December of 2012* and excel in research on the impacts that species and ecosystems in the Lagamar region suffer because of climate change. Among its results, guidelines will be contemplated for the management of the Lagamar Protected Areas Mosaic, with emphasis being given on the adaptation to climate change.

In addition to projects on this theme, we also act in the coordination of the Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory), a network of organizations and movements that act upon the climate change agenda in Brazil. Through the partnership with this group of institutions, our goal is to contribute to the discussions on the theme and, above all, to inspire and enable effective actions and public policies towards decreasing the impact of climate change on nature.

* Starting in December of 2012, the Bio&Clima-Lagamar Call for Proposals will no longer accept for new projects.

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Area of Action

Projects supported by the Bio&Clima-Lagamar Call for Proposals are developed in the Lagamar Estuary complex of Iguape-Cananéia-Paranaguá, in the Lagamar Protected Areas Mosaic.

Being the largest continuous remnant of Atlantic Forest in Brazil, the Lagamar comprises the southern coast of São Paulo and the coast of Paraná. Legally recognized in 2006, it comprises over 40 protected areas – whether federal, state, and municipal – including the Reserva Natural Salto Morato (Salto Morato Natural Reserve). 

Our Efforts

Since 2008, the Boticário Group Foundation has made great efforts in order to generate knowledge regarding the relationship between climate change and biodiversity conservation. Besides financing – between 2008 and 2013 – projects throughout Brazil on this issue, in 2010, the institution launched ‘Bio&Clima-Lagamar’, a bid invitation focusing on the region of the Lagamar Protected Areas Mosaic – located in the Atlantic Forest on the coast of the Brazilian state of Paraná and in the southern coastal area of the state of São Paulo. In 2011 and 2012, the bid invitation selected nine initiatives which sought after knowledge generation regarding species’ and ecosystems’ vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. In 2014, two more projects were selected through a public call for proposals undertaken in conjunction with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

The knowledge generated by this initiative in the Atlantic Forest is being continually systematized, with the objective of producing management guidelines for this mosaic focused on adaptation to climate change based on the conservation of ecosystems. Another of the Boticário Group Foundation’s contributions was the undertaking, in 2012, of a scientometric study which analyzed the panorama of studies relating to climate change’s impact on biodiversity in Brazil and worldwide, revealing the scarcity of scientific studies on this issue. In the area of public policies, the Boticário Group Foundation sits on the coordination committee of the Climate Observatory. It helped found, and remains a member of, the Curitiba Forum on Climate Change, and also participates in the Paraná Forum on Climate Change and the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change. It has participated in the Steering Committee of the Brazilian National Fund on Climate Change (known as the ‘Climate Fund’) since 2013.

Protected natural ecosystems are fundamental for increasing biodiversity’s – and society’s – resilience to the impacts caused by climate change. Such ecosystems have greater capacity for resistance and recovery when affected by extreme climate situations, as well as providing a broad range of benefits upon which humanity depends – known as environmental services. Learn more about Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA).