Nature conservation

Fruit garden in the valley and reforestation on the slopes. 5 years ago all this were sugar cane cultures. The Rio Santo Antônio Grande is incredibly beautiful. It connects Barra with São Luis de Quitunde. Shellfish collec-tors in Caúna. The low water quality of the river leads to low yields. The mangroves protect the banks of the river from the tides (+/- 2 m between high and low tide). Waste water from the sugar factory in São Luiz makes life difficult for the fishermen. Also the many herons live from the fish and crabs in the flooded mangroves. Soon after Caúna the Rio Santo Antônio narrows, but remains well navigable. Before São Luis the river beco-mes narrow. But the fisher-men's jangadas always come through. The lonely beach of Carro Quebrado is considered one of the most beautiful bea-ches of Brazil. A huge hotel complex with 440 rooms will soon be built here.

The Atlantic forest, the Mata Atlântica, originally covered large parts of Brazil. It is less high than the rainforests and extremely rich in species, as the light of the sun gets through to the ground. Today, 87% of it is desroyed. In Caúna we try to reforest it. More than 100’000 precious woods and Mata trees have already been planted. We are also endeavouring to put the beautiful river course of the adjacent Rio Santo Antônio Grande under sustainable protection.