The Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves consist of eight separate protected areas containing remnants of the Atlantic Forest, representing one of the richest tropical forest regions in the world. This property contains great biological wealth and illustrates the evolution of the few remaining areas of Atlantic Forest in northeastern Brazil.
The Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve is the pioneer of the Brazilian biosphere reserves. It covers important portions of the Atlantic Forest of 14 Brazilian states. This unique ecosystem stretches over 1,800 miles (3,000 km) parallel to the coast, comprising Serra Mantiqueira, Serra Geral and Serra do Mar.