Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA) is a Brazilian non-profit non-governmental organisation. REGUA’s mission is the long-term conservation of the forests of the upper Guapiaçu river basin in the state of Rio de Janeiro. REGUA will achieve its mission by:
- Protecting the forest and its biodiversity by establishing a nature reserve through land acquisition and management agreements, and preventing illegal activities such as hunting or the removal of forest products.
- Integrating the protection of the forest and its biodiversity with the needs and wishes of the local community through a broad environmental education and community outreach programme.
- Restoring land and habitats that have been cleared for timber, agriculture or damaged through poor management practices, using locally sourced seeds and materials.
- Creating a detailed bio-inventory of the fauna and flora present, and encouraging and supporting research projects which will increase our understanding of their distribution, behaviour and habitat requirements.
- Encouraging people to visit, learn about and support the project to ensure its long-term financial viability and to act as a model for further conservation efforts in south-east Brazil.