The purpose of The Horus Institute is to improve the management of invasive alien species, to prevent biological invasions and restore natural ecosystems, while increasing awareness and governance capacity.
Restinga (coastal scrub) ecosystem is a vegetation type that develops on sandy soils and sand dunes and acts as a barrier between the ocean and inhabited areas on the island of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. Small fishing villages and residential areas have been increasingly damaged by extreme weather events as a result of the degradation of restingas by invasive plants. The overall goal of The Horus Institute project is to increase the resilience of coastal areas by controlling invasive alien species, thereby restoring natural areas. At the same time, it will raise awareness on climate change and adaptation measures amongst local communities. EOCA funds will help eliminate invasive pine in 165 hectares of important sand dunes and oceanic islands, working with volunteers in local protected areas. Data and images from these efforts will be used to raise awareness and educate local communities to help protect fragile areas.
Learn more about the project, its plans and what it hopes to achieve in this video here.
The HORUS Institute is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year (2022)! Watch a video of all that the organisation has acheived over the last 2 decades HERE