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The roots behind Forest Impact

Determined to make a lasting impact, one forest at a time


Charles Cabell IV


Born in Brazil, Charlie’s fondest childhood memories revolve around exploring the forests near his parents’ home. Undoubtedly, these experiences have shaped his enthusiasm for nature and his passion to be a dedicated advocate for forests. 


After more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, spanning countries like the United States, Indonesia, and China, Charlie felt a calling to use his skills to make a positive impact on our planet. Motivated by his love for the environment, he embarked on this journey driven by a simple belief: that we can all make a positive impact in the world.


Inspired by the ground-breaking principles of "Project Drawdown", Charlie stumbled upon the awe-inspiring Miyawaki methodology and was instantly captivated by its revolutionary approach. It was in Lisbon that he finally found the perfect opportunity to immerse himself in this incredible methodology. 


Emerging from the difficulties of the COVID lockdown in 2021, Charlie embarked on a mission to establish Forest Impact and bring to life Portugal's very first Miyawaki forest during the upcoming winter. With unwavering determination and an unyielding passion, he set out to popularise the transformative concept of the Miyawaki Forest in Portugal.

When he's not immersed in his environmental pursuits, you can find Charlie being an amazing dad and riding the waves as a talented surfer.

Manuela Madonia

Co-Founder and Head of Strategy & Brand Voice

Manuela is a passionate advocate for sustainability dedicated to driving positive change through Forest Impact.


Born in Italy and having lived in Italy, Greece, and China, Manuela brings a wealth of multicultural experiences to her endeavours, having eventually settled in Portugal in early-2019.


With a solid educational background in international relations, Manuela has spent the past 15 years diligently honing her expertise in communication, public relations, and fundraising. Her professional journey has encompassed both the corporate and non-profit sectors, where she skillfully devised and executed impactful campaigns that resonated with diverse audiences.


Manuela was chosen as one of the esteemed #sugifellows for 2022, receiving specialised training in biodiversity conservation and the creation of Miyawaki Forests. This invaluable experience further solidified her unwavering commitment to driving sustainable change and fostering resilient ecosystems.


Beyond her professional pursuits, Manuela dedicates herself to her two great passions: reading and vegan cooking. These personal interests not only feed her creativity but also serve as a reminder of the interconnectedness between personal well-being and environmental stewardship.

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