MATUTU RESERVE

Protecting the environment of Serra do Papagaio for more than 30 years.

Mission

To protect the Serra do Papagaio mountain range, the environment and the quality of life for future generations.

Vision

To show by example that it is possible to integrate human life and nature conservation.

Values

Social and Environmental Responsibility
Natural Resilience
Innovation
Integrity
Sustainability

History of the Reserve

The Matutu reserve was established in 1984 with the goal to protect the ecosystems in the Serra do Papagaio region in the southeast of Brazil. The Reserve covers an area of nearly 3 thousand hectares (7200 acres) and is made up of associated properties, all integrated through an environmental zoning plan.

The reserve precedes the creation of several conservation units in the region, such as the Serra do Papagaio state park and the APA (Area of Environmental Protection) of the Mantiqueira Mountains it is also the first private conservation unit in the southeast of Brazil.

The sustainable approach to occupation proposed by the reserve is a pilot and pioneer project and it has become a reference in regards to conservation and sustainable management of mountain ecosystems.

We believe that it is possible to coexist with nature, and with over 30 years of experience and positive natural indicators (increase in vegetation cover, biodiversity, etc), we demonstrate day after day that this is a viable model.

Biodiversity of the Reserve

The Matutu Reserve is located within the Protection Area of the Mantiqueira Mountains, it borders the Serra do Papagaio State Park and is a core zone of the Atlantic Forest Reserve of the Biosphere as well as part of the network of protected areas of this mountain range.

With great variation in altitude and microclimates, the area of the Reserve also has a great variation in the physiognomies of vegetation, with dense forests and gallery forests in valleys and steep slopes (dense ombrophilous forest), araucaria forests (mixed ombrophilous forest) and high altitude forests (dense altomontane ombrophilous forest), in addition to areas of natural fields (rock fields and altitude fields).

In partnership with the Matutu Foundation, the Reserve has conducted many studies on its biodiversity, with highlights for the bird species surveys and the discovery of a new species of dragonfly (Neocordulia matutuensis), described by our adviser, the entomologist Professor Ângelo Machado.

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