Dear Metalheads, friends and partners,
We were shaken by the terrible fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. Just during the time of this year’s Wacken Open Air thousands and thousands acres of rainforest were destroyed. We are still devastated by this and therefore decided to take action.
Together with the WWF and Instituto Terra from Brazil we are supporting the region of Mata Atlantica by restoring the area with native trees. We already had an successful first campaign on Christmas 2019 in which the whole Wacken family already helped planting the first 5.000 trees. But now we would like to take it a step further and want to reforest another area, this time in the size of the “Wackinger Village & Wasteland” with approximately 3 acres. Planting a tree is as simple as a 6 Euro donation and definitely helps promoting the survival of the rain forest.
We have already proven that we can achieve some great things together and once again we are hoping for your support.
Thomas, Holger & the W:O:A Team
Help us to save the coastal rain forest in Brazil!
The project is immensely important for the biodiversity of the world, as many species are endemic, threatened with extinction and have only a few areas to survive. The project also has a social component and is important for the local smallholders, as the soil is so heavily compacted and eroded by cattle grazing that over 300,000 river sources have dried up. Without water, however, the farmers can neither live nor work.
Together with the Instituto Terra, the WWF in Brazil wants to restore and replant an area of up to 400 hectares of coastal rainforest / Mata Atlantica with native tree species. To make this happen, we need your support now!
Measures that WWF is implementing on site together with Instituto Terra:
Enrichment plantations in a private sanctuary:
Collecting seeds in the natural forest
germination in our own nursery
Planting and care of tree seedlings over 3 years
Restoration of river sources together with small farmers:
Completion of the rural cadastre of the farm
training and further training in soil management and better cattle and agricultural techniques
Creation of water retention basins on the farms to recover the groundwater
Fencing to protect the river sources
Collecting seeds in natural forest
germination in our own nursery, soil cultivation
Water treatment system (septic tank for waste water)