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Online meeting to discuss sustainable coffee production

By Bárbara Ferragini & #8211; Environmental Journalism / Social Media

It happens on the day November 24, at 4 pm (Brasília time), the live & #8220; Café Territory & #8211; RPPN and Econegócios & #8221 ;. Organized by the project Private Cerrado Reserves, supported by the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems and the International Education Institute of Brazil, the event highlights the importance of sustainable production of one of the great commodities of Brazilian production, coffee. A product consumed worldwide and which in recent years has conquered an increasingly demanding public, which seeks quality and which values brands that are concerned with minimizing environmental impacts. The coffee segment, in turn, has been working to meet these new demands and market opportunities, based on the principles of sustainability.

On the occasion, the participants speakers:

& #8211; Ricardo Bartholo: Coffee producer in the Patrocínio region - MG. Participant in the Conscious Producer Investment Program of the Águas do Cerrado Consortium (CCA), he was invited to talk about his coffee production with the precepts of organic and sustainable production.

& #8211; Sebastião Alves: Coffee producer, owner of RPPN, Former Director of the association of RPPNs of ES, Former Director of CNRPPN. You will share your experience with the creation of RPPN Remy Alves and its benefit for your coffee production.

& #8211; Graco Dias: Environmental Engineer, advisor to the Consortium of Waters (CCA), works in the Social and Environmental Responsibility Department of Cooxupé. Graco Dias was invited to speak about the CCA and Cooxupé's participation in cooperation with coffee producers in relation to sustainable production.

& #8211; Andreia Roque: Expert in Public Policies and Rural Development. Operates in strategic projects aimed at Rural Tourism, Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility in RPPNs. Agronomist, Master and PhD student in Health and Environment UNIT. Andreia Roque will deal with cases of Sustainability with Rural Production (coffee, among others).

& #8211; Laércio Machado de Sousa: Business Administrator, Consultant at Jataí Capital e Conservação. He was president of REPAMS (Associação de RPPNs do MS) and CNRPPN. He is currently the coordinator of the Cerrado Private Reserves Project, FUNATURA - IEB - CEPF. Laércio will be the moderator of the event.

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The live will be broadcast on November 24, at 4 pm (Brasília time) on the YouTube channel do Cerrado Private Reserves (activate the reminder).

Private Cerrado Reserves & #8211; It is an initiative that aims to promote the conservation of natural resources by encouraging the creation, expansion and effective management of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPNs) in one of the most threatened biomes in Brazil. The project is carried out by the Pro-Nature Foundation (Funatura) and has resources from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF, in the acronym in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and support from the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB). More information can be obtained on the project's social networks (@reservasdocerrado) or on the website http://reservasprivadasdocerrado.com.br.

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

The IEB (International Education Institute of Brazil) is a Brazilian association with no economic ends and stands out on the national scene for dedicating itself to training and qualifying people and strengthening organizations in various aspects and themes related to the environment, development and sustainability.

About the Cerrado Water Consortium
Created in 2014, in Sponsorship & #8211; MG, the Cerrado das Águas Consortium aims to raise awareness among producers in the region about the importance of their environmental assets by diagnosing and investing in them, ensuring their long-term preservation. In 2019, the pilot project received from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) the amount of US$400 thousand to implement the program that will initially promote the investment and protection of natural ecosystems found in more than 100 properties throughout the basin of Córrego Feio. The sum is the largest grant ever awarded by CEPF, which counts on demanding donors such as the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World Bank.
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New climate smart investment arrangement aims to promote sustainable land and water use in the Cerrado region of Minas Gerais

original text available via IUCN

Global coffee brands and environmental organizations support innovative program led by Cerrado Water Consortium

Sponsorship, Minas Gerais, Brazil, August 8, 2019 & #8211; An innovative and smart investment arrangement to protect biodiversity and water supplies in the country's central highlands began this month, according to the Cerrado Water Consortium, supported by some of the world's leading coffee brands and conservation organizations.

Based on an IUCN-led project and initial support from Nespresso, the major coffee brands Nestlé and Lavazza and trading company Expocaccer have now joined forces to make a five-year commitment to support the Cerrado das Águas Consortium initiative. Minas Gerais Cerrado, one of the main coffee growing areas in Brazil and a worldwide recognized biodiversity hotspot.

The Consortium plans to invest in protection of natural ecosystems found in 124 properties along the Feio River basin in the state of Minas Gerais, which is increasingly threatened by unsustainable land use, inefficient water use and climate change. The region is responsible for 12% of national coffee production.

& #8220; Promote the restoration and conservation of ecosystem services as insurance against climate change This important landscape is one of the main objectives of the investment program & #8221 ;, says Guilherme Amado, Nespresso manager in Brazil. & #8220; At the pilot site in Patrocinio, where the whole municipality and coffee growers depend on this single basin, farmers will also have a clear view of the degradation of ecosystem services on their farms and will receive professional advice and funding to make them resilient to climate change & #8221;

& #8220; Under the new investment program, landowners will be literally managers of environmental assets and its decisions to protect key ecosystem services & #8211; as native vegetation and streams & #8211; contribute directly to the restoration of the Cerrado landscape, ”says Giulia Carbone, Deputy Director of IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Program.

In the first year, the four companies pledged nearly US$ 100,000 to support the Consortium. In addition, it has received a donation of US$ 400,000, the largest to date, from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado) to implement the new scheme called Investment Program for Conscious Producers. This was the largest grant ever awarded by CEPF, which has donors such as the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, the World Environment Fund, the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

Gláucio de Castro, President of the Cerrado Water Consortium. Photos: FUNDACCER Collection

“Lavazza firmly believes that sustainability is a shared responsibility and that integrating economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection is the only paradigm that can create value. As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Cerrado Water Consortium has demonstrated why companies need to take a long-term approach and contribute to the broader scenario we work in, ”says Mario Cerutti, Lavazza's Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability.

The region of Cerrado It covers 21% of the country and 11 million hectares are in the state of Minas Gerais. Its biome is unique given the number of endemic species. In addition, the region provides 40% from fresh water 29 of the river basins are in “water conflict areas”, according to the Minas Gerais Institute for Water Management (IGAM).

 “Promote the restoration and conservation of ecosystem services as insurance against climate change is a fundamental objective of the investment program, ”says Miguel Moraes, senior director of Conservation International Brazil. “In Sponsorship, where the community and coffee farmers share the only river basin, farmers will be able to manage water flow for the first time. Producers will also have a clear view of the degradation of ecosystem services on their properties and will receive professional advice and funding to help make these services resilient to climate change. ”

All of these efforts are critical to restoring the landscape and ensuring that coffee value chains are sustainable. As Peggy Poncelet, grant director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund says, “The goal is to achieve chemical-free restoration with native Cerrado species and to provide coffee growers with knowledge of smart farming practices and water management to reconcile coffee. sustainable production, and conservation of this important global biodiversity hotspot. For example, partnerships with local agroecological laboratories such as Emater (a public sector organization offering rural extension) will help to test new technologies to reduce weeds and disease incidence and ultimately restore the landscape. ”

About the Cerrado Water Consortium

Created in 2015, the Cerrado das Águas Consortium, a legally independent organization, is a platform that brings together companies, civil society organizations and government representatives to promote environmental development through landscape restoration and maintenance of Cerrado ecosystem services. . Consortium members include: CerVivo, Conservation International, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Cooxupé, Expocaccer, Cerrado Coffee Growers Federation, IUCN, Lavazza, Nespresso and Nestlé.

For more information, visit the Cerrado das Águas Consortium website at site from IUCN.

Area under restoration in Patrocínio, Minas Gerais.

Conscious Producers Awards Program - Restoring Cerrado Ecosystem Services

The project “Awards Program for Conscious Producers - Restoring Ecosystem Services in the Cerrado” is executed by Cerrado Mineiro Development Foundation (FUNDACCER). The central objective of the project is to establish and implement a strategy to restore the provision of ecosystem services in the basin of Ugly Stream in the long term through a process of engagement of local producers and actors. FUNDACCER is a non-profit organization created by the Coffee Growers Federation to promote research, training and social cohesion in 55 municipalities of the Cerrado mineiro. These coffee producers saw the need to act to ensure long-term climate security in the region. Thus, the Cerrado Water Consortium works collaboratively to build transformative scenarios that result in productive and sustainable landscapes with the goal of:

1. Improve soil and water management practices.
2. Promote the restoration of native vegetation and conservation of ecological corridors at the regional level.
3. Facilitate the exchange of information through technical extension services for farmers in order to improve environmental practices.
4. Encourage and facilitate the process of legal regularization of farms, seeking compliance with the Forest Code.
The project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

Learn more about Cerrado Water Consortium it's the Conscious Producer Program in the video below:


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.

 

 

Global coffee brands and organizations endorse innovative program led by Cerrado Water Consortium

via Agricultural News / Source: Cerrado Water Consortium

An innovative climate-smart investment program to preserve biodiversity and water supply in the Southern Region will begin this month. Cerrado Mineiro, the only Designation of Origin for coffee in Brazil, a major supplier of high quality coffee, responsible for 12% of national coffee production.

The initiative is from Cerrado Water Consortium, a platform of different actors (producers, coffee brands, local and global environmental NGOs) whose efforts have resulted in the founding of a legally independent organization with a highly specialized team to promote environmental development through restoration, climate smart agriculture and efficient management. of water resources. Based on initial support from IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature and Nespresso, the major coffee brands Nestlé and Lavazza and the Expocaccer cooperative have teamed up to make a five-year commitment to support the Conscious Producer Investment Program. which brings together in a coordinated manner these three work fronts aiming at improving the supply and provision of ecosystem regulatory services (water health, soil, carbon stock among others) in order to achieve climate resilience or shielding of a landscape or territory.

Gláucio de Castro, President of the Cerrado Water Consortium. Photos: FUNDACCER Collection

In the pilot area, the Ugly Stream in Sponsorship (MG), the Consortium plans to invest in protecting the natural ecosystems found in approximately 124 properties throughout the basin, the only one to supply Brazil's largest coffee-producing municipality and a serious case of water scarcity and conflict. “The new investment program will provide financial incentives. and expertise for all landowners to make their environmental assets healthier and more productive in this important watershed, ”said Giulia Carbone, IUCN Business and Biodiversity Program Director. “Landlords will literally and in practice be managers of environmental assets, and their decisions to protect key ecosystem services - such as forests and rivers - will directly contribute to the restoration of the Cerrado landscape.”

This year, companies have committed to investing US$100,000 to fund the consortium team. In addition, in 2019, the Consortium received a grant of US$400 thousand from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to implement the program. This was the largest grant ever awarded by CEPF, which has demanding donors such as the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union, the World Environment Fund (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

"O Cerrado Water Consortium demonstrated why companies need to take a long-term approach and contribute to the broader landscape where we work. Similarly, the public sector must commit to ensuring that these innovative solutions are scaled up and capable of delivering lasting benefits to the region's population. ”According to Mario Cerruti, Global Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability at Lavazza. Read full article on the site Agricultural News!

Cerrado Release Water Consortium, Sponsorship, Minas Gerais, August 08 to 09, 2019. Photos: FUNDACCER Collection

The project #8220; Awards Program for Conscious Producers & #8211; restoring ecosystem services in the Cerrado & #8221; is executed by Cerrado Mineiro Development Foundation (FUNDACCER). The central objective of the project is to establish and implement a strategy to restore the provision of ecosystem services in the basin of Ugly Stream in the long term through a process of engagement of local producers and actors. FUNDACCER is a non-profit organization created by the Coffee Growers Federation to promote research, training and social cohesion in 55 municipalities of the Cerrado mineiro. These coffee producers saw the need to act to ensure long-term climate security in the region. Thus, the Cerrado Water Consortium works collaboratively to build transformative scenarios that result in productive and sustainable landscapes with the goal of:

1. Improve soil and water management practices.
2. Promote the restoration of native vegetation and conservation of ecological corridors at the regional level.
3. Facilitate the exchange of information through technical extension services for farmers in order to improve environmental practices.
4. Encourage and facilitate the process of legal regularization of farms, seeking compliance with the Forest Code.

Michael Becker, Coordinator of CEPF Implementation Strategy Cerrado at launch Cerrado Water Consortium, Patrocínio, Minas Gerais, August 08 to 09, 2019. Photos: FUNDACCER Collection

The project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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.