The Atlantic Forest Southeast Reserves contain some of the best and most extensive examples of Atlantic Forest in Brazil. The 25 protected areas that make up the site display the biological wealth and evolutionary history of one of the most threatened biomes in the world.
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The Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) runs along the coast of eastern and southeastern Brazil, stretching inland into Argentina and Paraguay. Although only a small part of the original forests remain, it is still one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
The Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves consists of eight protected areas containing remnants of the Atlantic Forest, one of the richest tropical forest regions in the world. These reserves illustrate the evolution of the few remaining areas of Atlantic Forest in Brazil.
The Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve is the pioneer of the Brazilian biosphere reserves. It covers important portions of the Atlantic Forest in 14 Brazilian states. This unique ecosystem parallels the coast, comprising Serra Mantiqueira, Serra Geral and Serra do Mar.
The Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest or "selva parananese" is an ecoregion of the tropical moist forests biome and the South American Atlantic Forest biome. The ecoregion stretches across the borders of southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and northeastern Argentina.