Yerba mate — a market-driven model for conserving Paraguay’s Atlantic Forest
Dr David Thomas
Host Country Institutions:
DESCRIPTION: Partnership between the indigenous Mbaya Guarani, campesinos, private sector, government and civil society, will support and promote shade-grown yerba matÚ cultivation at San Rafael reserve, providing culturally- and environmentally-appropriate land use that reduces poverty, respects rights and conserves globally-threatened forest biodiversity, and informs conservation of Paraguay’s remaining Atlantic Forest fragments.
PURPOSE: Shade-grown yerba mate reduces forest degradation at San Rafael, provides a poverty reduction route for 5 communities, and a sustainable land use model for additional c.80,000ha of Paraguayan Atlantic Forest.
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