From Seeds to Forest: Combined strategies to strengthen forest restoration in Brazil

Partnerships for Forests is supporting two initiatives in Brazil’s reforestation sector to promote and scale an innovative direct seeding technique. This case study outlines some early stage results emerging from both projects.

The first is the Seed Paths Initiative which brings together stakeholders from the private sector, farmers, governmental agencies, researchers and civil society organisations to address the obstacles and opportunities to expanding the direct seeding method of ecological restoration. The case study explores the initiative’s success in driving demand from ORPLANA, a sugarcane producers association from São Paulo State with 1.25 million hectares of restoration liabilities, and the first organisation to formally sign a ‘Cooperation Term’ for disseminating the direct seeding technique.

The Seeds Path Initiative is also creating a favourable business environment for another project in our portfolio: the Xingu Seeds Network Association. The increased awareness of direct seeding from the Seeds Path Initiative’s outreach and workshops has helped the Xingu Seeds Network to build a pipeline of potential buyers from companies with restoration liabilities across a variety of sectors. T

he case study also looks at how Partnerships for Forests supported the Xingu Seeds Network to review and reorganise its governance structure – a move that has enhanced participation and representation, especially from local seed collector networks, and has also improved strategic decision-making.