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Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu (REGUA)

Staging site


NGO founded: 2001
Partnership with WLT formed: 2005

Organisation’s aim: To conserve the Atlantic Rainforest of the upper Guapi Assu river basin, near the city of Rio de Janeiro. Threatened habitat is being saved through purchasing privately owned pieces of land to extend the reserve, planting native tree species, and allowing the wildlife to return.

Partner history

REGUA was officially formed in 2001 by Nicholas Locke. The reserve was originally a farm, which had been in the Locke family since 1915. When Nicholas became the owner he was keen to create a reserve as he witnessed the ongoing devastation of the forests around him. He has and is restoring forest and wetland that had been lost previously and buying more forest as funds become available, to add to the Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu (REGUA).

Partnership with WLT

REGUA was introduced to WLT by Alan Martin (former WLT Council member) who had visited REGUA regularly and is secretary of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust (BART), which has been supporting REGUA since its formation. Kirsty Burgess, WLT’s programmes manager, made a site visit and was impressed by the organisation and the habitat being conserved.This resulted in a partnership and a year later, the first land purchase funded by WLT. REGUA now owns and protects over 18,000 acres. The Guapi Assu Bird Lodge offers excellent accommodation for those wanting a rainforest experience only 100km from Rio de Janeiro.

REGUA Tree Nursery
The tree nursery at REGUA grows native species to restore Atlantic Rainforest habitat on the reserve. Photo © Alan Martin.

Projects with WLT

Keepers of the Wild

WLT supports the on-going protection of the Guapi Assu Reserve through the Keepers of the Wild appeal, which funds rangers on our partners’ reserves.

Tree Planting

Funds provided by WLT since 2006 have enabled the restoration of large areas of the reserve.

Other projects and activities

Awards and achievements

  • In 2008 REGUA were elected head of scientific council of the Três Picos Governing Council.
Contact details: 

President: Nicholas Locke

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