About Mosaico Bocaina

The Mosaico Bocaina is a group of conservation areas on the beautiful Costa Verde between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states.

The Mosaic Conservation Model is regulated by the Ministry of Environment (MMA) Decree 349/2006 and seeks to stimulate integrated management of a group of conservation areas in the same region. This is important as there are many types of parks and reserves in Brazil and they can fall under federal, state or municipal jurisdiction.

The Mosaic model permits the park managers and other stakeholders to work together in a more effective way to protect natural resources and promote sustainable development.

The Bocaina Mosaic is part of the larger Serra do Mar Biodiversity Corridor and encompasses an area of 241 thousand hectares in the 9 municipalities, which include of Ubatuba (SP), Paraty (RJ) and Angra dos Reis (RJ).  The Mosaic includes fifteen conservation areas, five indian territories and four quilombos (maroon colonies).

The list of public conservation areas, which includes the Serra da Bocaina National Park, can be here : www.mosaicobocaina.org.br/mosaico-bocaina/menu-interno-ucs.

The Mosaic protects highly endangered remnants of the Atlantic Rainforest and these key natural heritage and landscapes make places such as Angra dos Reis (Ilha Grande), Paraty and Ubatuba such attractive tourism destinations. In many of the conservation areas there is some time of occupation by traditional communities like Caiçaras (fishermen from mixed indian heritage), Caipiras (subsistence farmers), Tupi-Guarani Indians and Quilombolas (African heritage). Until relatively recently these communities lived quite isolated. The Mosaic offers the chance of helping them integrate into the local economy in a sustainable way.

The Serra do Mar Biodiversity Corridor also includes the Mosaics Central Fluminense (around the Serra dos Orgâos National Park) and Mantiqueira (around Itatiaia National Park).

Serra do Mar Biodiversity Corridor
Mosaico Central Fluminense  
Mosaico Mantiqueira