In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly defined March 21st as the International Day of Forests. The initiative selects a specific theme each year. In 2021 it is all about Forest Restauration: a Path to Recovery and Well-Being (FAO, 2021).
The special day raises globally awareness of the importance of forests and their ecosystem services as well as the prerequisite of sustainable forest management and forest protection measures. The Amazon rainforest, as the world’s largest tropical forest system, has an important role here. In 2008 the Amazon Fund was created by the Brazilian government to tackle the most pressing challenges in the region.
The Amazon Fund is a REDD+ initiative created to raise donations for non-reimbursable investments in efforts to prevent, monitor and combat deforestation, as well as to promote the preservation and sustainable use in the Brazilian Amazon. Since it was founded, BNDES, the Amazon Fund’s manager, has aimed to transform the lives of Brazilians by promoting sustainable development.
With more than 100 supported projects, the recovery of deforested areas is one out of seven thematic areas defined in the decree that authorized the creation of the Amazon Fund. Until 2020, the Amazon Fund contributed to the recovery of more than 15.000 hectares of the vegetation cover for conservation, sustainable use or environmental regularization.