Rivers like the Tapajos in Brazil have helped meet human food, water and transportation needs for hundreds of years. Deforestation, pollution and climate change, however, are eroding the planet's fresh water supply. To protect the Tapajos and its precious water resource, the Great Rivers Partnership launched the Water Producer Program in 2007. This project financially compensates rural landowners who improve water quality and quantity through preservation and restoration practices. By improving health of the river and its surroundings, the project makes drinking water safer in cities all over Brazil. This promotes overall well-being and sustainability of local economies.
|Page Copy||The Caterpillar Foundation invests in the Great Rivers Partnership to help conserve 10,669 acres of Brazilian grassland over five years|