Jambreiro Forest, an area preserved by Vale in Minas Gerais, is open to public visits

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10/16/2015

Jambreiro Forest, an area preserved by Vale in Minas Gerais, is open to public visits

The people of the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte can now take guided tours to Jambreiro Forest, a private nature reserve covering 912 hectares, wholly preserved by Vale. Located in Nova Lima, the forest is home to the Jambreiro Forest Protection and Environmental Education Centre, created by the company.

The centre has already received more than 10,000 visitors, most notably students from more than 20 schools in the region. The facility offers environmental education and leisure activities, as well as contact with the exuberant nature of Jambreiro Forest, one of the most important preserved green areas around the Minas Gerais state capital.

Visitors can go on ecological hikes to see flora and fauna typically found in transition areas between the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah) and Atlantic Forest biomes, including trees such as murici, caxeta, pau-jacaré, braúna-preta, copaíba, bicuíba and samambaiuçu. The community can also use the space to carry out school and academic research. To this end, the Jambreiro Forest Protection and Environmental Education Centre contains a mini library and Green Room, where people can observe and learn more about local insects and seeds. Visitors can also take a tour through the Garden of the Senses, which is home to medicinal and ornamental plants, and the orchard house, among other spaces.

Guided tours take place from Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 3 pm. To book your place, please call (31) 9663 5264.

Green areas preserved by Vale
Jambreiro Forest Private Nature Reserve
Hotspot concept

Vale protects more than 40,000 hectares in the “Iron Quadrangle” region, an area 2.7 times larger than its operations, in 15 of the region’s 35 municipalities. Among these protected areas, Vale maintains 18 private nature reserves, covering around 13,200 hectares – roughly half as large as the Minas Gerais state capital.

Created in 1998, Jambreiro Forest Private Nature Reserve is one of the first 10 Conservation Units created in the state of Minas Gerais. Located on the southern part of the Curral Hills in the municipality of Nova Lima, 23 km from Belo Horizonte, it covers 912 hectares, equivalent to 1,000 soccer fields.

Situated between two important Brazilian biomes, the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado, it is considered a hotspot, meaning a high-priority area for global conservation, with a high diversity of species, including some highly endangered endemic ones.

Besides being home to important specimens of Brazilian fauna and flora, Jambreiro Forest contributes to climate balance, the preservation of watercourses and the formation of ecological corridors to permit the continuity of existing biodiversity. Because of these characteristics, the area is certified by UNESCO as being of extremely high conservation value.

Hotspots are areas that constitute a high priority for conservation, i.e. with high biodiversity and extremely threatened. An area is considered a hotspot if it has at least 1,500 endemic species (not found anywhere else) of plants and has lost more than three-quarters of its original vegetation. Biodiversity hotspots are identified by Conservation International and targeted for its conservation activities. In Brazil, only the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest biomes are considered to be hotspots.

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Jambreiro Forest, an area preserved by Vale in Minas Gerais, is open to public visits