The Cerrado is a wild place where plants from the Poaceae family and shrubs are sparce. It accounts for one quarter of Brazil's area. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park is located 250 kilometers north of the nation's capital, Brasillia, and is almost the same size as Tokyo. Emas National Park lies 800 kilometers west of Brasilia and is about the same size as Lake Biwa. Numerous termite mounds are scattered across the areas' landscapes, providing food for the endangered giant anteater. These protected areas are also home to 935 species of birds and 60,000 species of insects.
Many plants and animals moved to and continued to evolve in the plains of this region in Brazil during a period of climate change eons ago. The ecosystems that have been developed by these flora and fauna are the oldest in the tropical zone, which makes this region very significant. In addition, these protected areas are vital habitats for the endangered giant anteater.
Did Japan play a significant role in Brazil’s great plains?
The Cerrado plays an important role in the Brazilian economy because a lot of corn and soy beans are produced here. The Cerrado, once considered a barren wasteland, has been converted into a rich farmland, and Japan has provided a great deal of support in this conversion.