Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast

Since 2006, the Atlantic Coast Program has been contributing to the sustainable development and environmental balance of coastal and marine areas of the Atlantic Forest, including the protection of the natural, biological, historical and cultural heritage of these regions.

The Program consists of two funds. The first is the “Fund for the conservation and promotion of regional development in the Coastal and Marine Zones under the influence of the Atlantic Forest biome” – Atlantic Coast Fund, which supports projects for the creation and consolidation of Marine Protected Areas and initiatives that combine the responsible use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation.

With six calls for proposals issued until 2013, the Atlantic Coast Fund supports 32 projects, contributing to the protection of more than 1.5 million hectares of Brazilian coastline.

The second is the Fund to Support Marine Protected Areas – Pro-Marine Protected Areas Fund, which includes the participation of donors, individuals and private initiatives. It aims to ensure the protection, management and sustainability of existing Marine Protected Areas.

Currently, four federal protected areas are covered by this Fund: Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve, Guanabara Ecological Station, Costa dos Corais Environmental Protection Area, with support from Brazil Toyota Foundation and Cagarras Islands National Monument, and Bradesco Cards.

The Program also carries out research, mobilization, training and discussions of public policies related to marine conservation.

Currently, the marine team of SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation is also involved in efforts to consolidate a National Law for the Brazilian Sea.