Brazil Nuts

Habitat ~ primary, pristine tropical lowland rainforest...


Tropical rainforests surround the earth's equatorial zone and are warm and humid places.

Brazil nut trees only grow in South America. They are native to the Amazonian rainforest and grow in Venezuela, Brazil, eastern Colombia, eastern Peru, and eastern Bolivia.

The Brazil nut is widely recognized as a model Non-Timber-Forest-Product for promoting tropical forest conservation, because it has never been successfully cultivated outside of healthy, primary or virgin rainforest to produce nuts. It is solely harvested in the wild from mature forests and has enjoyed longstanding economic success in international markets.

This single species has been credited with the protection of millions of hectares of intact forest in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, where its commercial harvest and marketing is a major income source for rural collectors and processors.

Deforestation of Rainforests

Tropical rainforests are disappearing across the globe. Despite concern, rainforests continue to be destroyed at a pace exceeding 32,000 hectares per day. Much of the remaining area has been impacted by human activities and no longer retains its full original biodiversity.

Deforestation of tropical rainforests has a global impact through species extinction, the loss of important ecosystem services – such as water-sheds, and the reduction of carbon sinks – “the lungs of the planet”. However, this destruction can be slowed, stopped, and in some cases even reversed.

Rainforests cover only 6% of the Earth across the tropical regions, but the contain more than half of its plant and animal species.

Brazil Nut Tree Habitat

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