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Brazilian Atlantic Moist Forests bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 120,547
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 12
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 29%
    Protection Target
  • 3
    Protection Level

The Brazilian Atlantic Moist Forests (Mata Atlântica) bioregion, located in the Southern America (Neotropical) realm, spans nearly the entire length of Brazil’s eastern coast and consists almost entirely of tropical broadleaf forests, which extend into the heart of the Cerrado. The bioregion includes 12 ecoregions – Alto Paraná Atlantic Forests (439), Araucaria Moist Forests (440), Atlantic Coast Restingas (441), Bahia Coastal Forests (442), Bahia Interior Forests (443), Fernando De Noronha-Atol Das Rocas Moist Forests (462), Pernambuco Coastal Forests (491), Pernambuco Interior Forests (492), Serra Do Mar Coastal Forests (500), Trindade-Martin Vaz Islands Tropical Forests (509), St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks (609), Southern Atlantic Brazilian Mangroves (616). The bioregion is home to hundreds of rare and endemic species of plants and animals, and one study found that the remaining forest harbors 20,000 species of plants, with almost 450 tree species found in a single hectare. Its total land area is approximately 123 million hectares.

The Brazilian Atlantic Moist Forests bioregion is part of the Brazil Cerrado & Atlantic Coast subrealm and is made up of 12 ecoregions: (1) Alto Paraná Atlantic Forests (2) Araucaria Moist Forests (3) Atlantic Coast Restingas (4) Serra Do Mar Coastal Forests (5) Bahia Interior Forests (6) Bahia Coastal Forests (7) Trindade-Martin Vaz Islands Tropical Forests (8) Pernambuco Interior Forests (9) Pernambuco Coastal Forests (10) Southern Atlantic Brazilian Mangroves (11) Fernando De Noronha-Atol Das Rocas Moist Forests  (12) St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks.

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