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Project in focus: Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor

The Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project: filling social and environmental gaps, which was executed by ECOA and was supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), was closed in January (2019) and aimed to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado, through the strengthening of non-timber extraction by communities and settlers of Mato Grosso do Sul.

With the purpose of optimizing the process of forest restoration started in 2016 in three rural settlements; will improve Cerrado fruit collection management, such as baru and bocaiúva and sensitize the market, promoting enhancement of by-products of native fruits of the Cerrado, the project achieved important impacts for the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor region.

In the end, the project expanded 1 of the 22.95 hectares of Mato Grosso do Sul Cerrado which were surrounded in 2016 with support from another project. This area is being restored, restoring the native vegetation and the recovery of 03 springs / streams: Madalena Stream and Lima Stream, in the Andalucia Settlement, Nioaque; and Agachi Stream, Bandeirantes Settlement, Miranda. In the area were also recorded the return of presence of native fauna, like raccoon or mangrove dog it's the tuiiú. In addition to this restoration process, the project team worked to promote the production of seedlings of native species of the Cerrado, made by settlers, in their own lots, giving them access to the seedlings, which are hardly found for sale in public or private nurseries in the state. By the end of the project 100 baru seedlings were produced, which were intended for planting in the fenced areas. Fifty guavira seedlings were also produced, in the early stages, 50 jatoba seedlings, and the project ended with the murici seeds, which will be sown this year.

ECOA staff also implemented the participatory monitoring in the project, through the citizen science tool, where the settlers indicated the fortnightly progress of the reforested areas and offered workshops that worked on the improvement of native fruit handling and processing techniques and the use of Agroforestry Systems properties, as an alternative to conservation and income generation in the settlements. The workshops also contributed to the rearticulation of the chain of local extractivismespecially baru, as well as the fair price debate. This was an opportunity to work to spread the potential of the native fruits of the Cerrado, consolidating product purchase markets. This articulation enabled the generation of alternative income for settled families, as well as the articulation of families from various settlements in the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor, for the collection and marketing of the chestnut itself.

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Area of 22 ha that has undergone a reforestation process and is being monitored by the project. ECOA Collection
Cerrado areas under restoration in Miranda, MS. Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection
Native fauna in the area under restoration. ECOA Collection
ECOA Collection

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Projects in focus: Sustainable Production Practices

© COPABASE
© COPABASE

 

The project & #8220; Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Biodiversity Conservation in the Urucuian Wilderness & #8221;  promotes and strengthens the productive chains associated with the sustainable use of natural resources and ecological restoration through the diversification of agro-extractive production with sustainable management through the collective structuring of families within the region. Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, which is located in the Urucuia River basin region, one of the main tributaries of São Francisco.

In September, the COPABASE team began the construction of its nursery, where approximately 5,000,000 seedlings will be produced, among exotic species such as acerola, guava, tamarind, passion fruit, and the economically valuable native ones, such as baru, ipê, cagaita and jatoba. . The seedlings produced will be donated to the cooperative members to carry out the restoration of degraded areas and the implementation of family agro-extractive systems.


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

 

Agroforestry Systems Workshop - economic, environmental and social gains

Cerrado areas under restoration in Miranda, MS.

 

The agroforestry systems (SAFs) They are consortia of agricultural crops with tree species that can be used to restore native vegetation and restore anthropized areas. The technology mitigates terrain constraints, minimizes degradation risks inherent in agricultural activity and optimizes the yield to be achieved¹. The tree components are inserted as a strategy to combat erosion and the input of organic matter, restoring soil fertility. There is improvement in the structure and activity of soil fauna and greater availability of nutrients. A biological balance is achieved that promotes pest and disease control¹. In the same area, it is possible to establish consortia between species of economic importance, fruit and vegetables. Legume species can be introduced for use as green manures, which are mowed, and tree legume species, which, for the same purpose, are pruned to deposit organic material on the soil. In addition to contributing to the conservation of the environment, the benefits of agroforestry systems arouse the interest of farmers, as, as they are allied with food production, they offer agricultural and forest products, increasing the income generation of agricultural communities¹.

In July, experiences from the Pontal do Paranapanema (SP) region led the Best Practices for Agroforestry Management, taught by Haroldo Borges of Institute for Ecological Research (IPÊ). The activity took place during the cross-border meeting promoted in Cerrado Production, Research and Training Center (Ceppec), located in the Andalucia settlement, in Nioaque / MS. Representatives of the Hanaiti Yomo'omo Association participated in the project. & #8220; Seedling nursery for agroforestry production in Aldeia Brejão & #8221;, associations of rural settlements and extractive communities of the Cerrado and Pantanal and Gobierno Autonomous Municipal of Roboré, Bolivia.

Considering that SAFs also assist in the processes of restoration of native vegetation and recovery of degraded areas, the workshop interacted with the monitors working in the recovery of spring areas in the Andalucia and Bandeirantes settlements, from Miranda (MS), activities that occur through the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor Project: filling social and environmental gaps, which is implemented by ECOA and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), and aims to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado by strengthening non-timber extraction by communities and settlers in Mato Grosso do Sul (Miranda-Bodoquena corridor).

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EMBRAPA (2004). Technological Solutions-Agroforestry Systems. Available at: https://www.embrapa.br/busca-de-solucoes-tecnologicas/-/produto-servico/112/sistemas-agroflorestais-safs

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

Rural communities receive training in rural property management in DF

 

 

The team of Bartô Networkthrough the project “Agroforestry providing ecosystem services”, held in April training in the pre-settlement Rosely Nunes, located in the Pipiripau River basin, northeast region of the Federal District, 55 km from the center of Brasilia (DF).

Thirty community-based men, women, youth and adults participated in the training in Rural Property Management, which aimed to teach the basics of the administration of rural property. & #8220; This training has a continuing character & #8221; reported Rafael Pinzón, project leader. Household monitoring will be maintained throughout the seedling production and planting process, especially throughout production on each family's property. The main topics addressed were home, property and health management, property and food, property and production, property and agroecology, sustainable agriculture, agroecological transition, property management and marketing, and controls for property management.

The training sparked interest in property management from housing management. The working groups suggested improvements to improve the community's quality of life from hygiene in the family environment. Important aspects for property management were also on the agenda, such as the acquisition of inputs and tools, planting, care for crops, harvesting, storage and marketing.

 

Photo: Rede Bartô