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Instituto Terra has emphasized environmental restoration and sustainable rural development since the non-profit was founded in 1998.

Lelia Deluiz Wanick Salgado and Sebastiao Salgado kicked off the initiative that would birth Instituto Terra. The farmland belonging to the Salgado family began to be affected by environmental degradation, so they developed a plan to “return to nature what decades of environmental degradation destroyed.”

In October 1998, the farmland was developed into what is now the Private Reserve of Natural Heritage – RPPN Fazenda Bulcao. It was the first time Brazil granted environmental recognition to a “completely degraded property;” due to Salgado’s commitment to reforestation.

As Instituto Terra continues its efforts to restore the private reserve’s over 600 hectares of land, the organization works on projects focusing on restoration, protecting springs and even scientific research and environmental education.

Click here to learn more about the organization and its efforts in Vale do Rio Doce. 

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