Since its creation, Legado das Águas has promoted and contributed to the conservation of the fauna and flora of the Atlantic Forest through the development of programs and research projects.
The lines of investigation range from studies of identification, distribution, habitat use and ecological interactions, to the improvement of native plant production techniques, diagnoses of the epidemiological scenario of the reserve’s forest environment, development of products and services that meet and stimulate the regional development, among others.

We understand that conservation is made possible as the value of the forest is perceived and guaranteed in the long term. Therefore, our purpose is to promote and contribute to the construction and dissemination of scientific knowledge about the biodiversity of the Atlantic Forest. We leverage the results of the research through the synergy between the areas of socio-environmental action, contributing to territorial development in the Vale do Ribeira and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

Discover the programs and projects already developed in our territory:

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The 31 thousand hectares of Legado das Águas represent almost 1% of all the remaining Atlantic Forest in the State of São Paulo. Of this total, 75% of the territory is in an advanced stage of conservation.

Scientific research and monitoring have registered 1,832 species to date, 876 of which are fauna species and 956 species of flora. It is estimated that of this total, 60 species (38 fauna and 22 flora) are under some degree of threat.

Mammals 70
Avifauna 363
Herpetofauna – Amphibians and reptiles 67
Ictiofauna – Fish 54
Entomofauna – Butterflies 322
Plants – Orchids 233
Plants – General 723
Total 1832

*Last update: March  2021

See below for detailed species lists!

If you are a science enthusiast and want to know more about programs, projects, courses, events and other initiatives developed by the Legado das Águas research area, follow our social networks. If you have a specific question, please contact us via email or via Whatsapp (11) 9 7278 3855.

If you are a researcher or institution and are interested in supporting, participating and/or submitting proposals for programs and research projects, contact us by e-mail, inserting “ research proposal” in the message subject.

The Scientific Research area of Legado das Águas, one of the axes of Socio-Environmental Action, aims to generate shared value through initiatives such as research programs and projects that strengthen scientific knowledge about the Atlantic Forest. The biome currently has 24% of the original forest cover, of which only 12.4% (SOS Mata Atlântica) are conserved areas, like our forest. Therefore, each scientific discovery made here is a good shared with society and future generations.

Promoting and enabling the application of scientific knowledge in the development of the territory is part of our strategy, which highlights the conservation of the forest itself as an opportunity. To develop scientific research in the Reserve, we seek partnerships with teaching and research institutions, with state, national or international operations.

Come be part of this team!

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