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In the month of the Cerrado, traditional peoples and communities raise voices in defense of the biome

by Thays Puzzi, Communication Officer of the Cerrado Network

IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People, promoted by the Cerrado Network, was attended by approximately seven thousand people. Seminars, workshops, shows and marketing of sociobiodiversity products moved the federal capital from September 11 to 14

Opening table at the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair. Photo: A. Amaral / IEB Collection

Cerrado: What reminds you of him? Even if some still do not realize or do not know, this Biome is rich in diversity. There is culture, there are people, there are plants, there are animals, there is life! And this can be experienced by the almost seven thousand people who attended the ninth edition of the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair, which took place in Brasília, in September 11-14. Seminars, workshops, shows, commercialization of socio-biodiversity products, as well as the traditional Log Race gave rise to the riches and main demands of the Biome, the indigenous peoples, quilombolas and traditional communities that were the protagonists of the event, which began, not by chance, on the National Cerrado Day.

With the theme 'For the Living Cerrado: Territory, Diversity and Democracy', the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair, promoted by the Cerrado Network, was a space for meetings, celebration, denunciations, struggles and resistance. “It was very gratifying because we joined forces for a common fight that is the defense of the Cerrado. I participate since the first edition and experience this union, presenting our wealth and products was very good, ”said Lucely Pio, quilombola and raizeira that, besides bringing cosmetics based on medicinal plants of the Cerrado, presented the participants giving a workshop on health of the woman. In all, 18 workshops were held during the event with the participation of more than 750 people. Different topics were approached, such as gender, youth, territorial management, neo-extractivism, socio-environmental conflicts, production and marketing of agro-extractive products, among others.

Opening Ceremony of the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People. Photo: © A. Amaral / IEB Collection

#8220; My feeling is one of happiness, of fulfillment. Due to the situation we are living, this meeting was very important. A victory for each of us who together in this Network made our event happen. We need to get the attention of the whole society. We ask you to help us take care of the Cerrado, to combat all the evil that is happening to it. ”, vented Maria do Socorro Teixeira Lima, babassu coconut breaker and general coordinator of Rede Cerrado.

With a mixture of feelings reflected in her eyes, she remembered all the problems faced by the Cerrado, their traditional peoples and communities. Currently, it is the most threatened biome in Brazil. More than half of the original Cerrado vegetation has been cleared. It, which is the second largest biome in the country, occupying 24% from all over the country, concentrates 30% from all the country's biodiversity and 5% of the planet's biodiversity. In addition, it is in the Cerrado that eight of the twelve river basins in Brazil are located, supplying six of the eight major river basins in the country. It is in the Cerrado, for example, where are three of the main aquifers in Brazil: Bambuí, Urucuia and Guarani. The indiscriminate advance of large monocultures in the Biome has directly affected the sociobiodiversity and waters of the Cerrado, responsible for supplying much of the country.

Seminar & #8220; The Importance of Peoples and Communities for Cerrado Conservation & #8221; in Brasilia, DF on National Cerrado Day. Photo: © A. Amaral / IEB Collection

In addition, the region Midwest of Brazil, almost entirely occupied by the Cerrado, is in second position when it comes to the increase in the number of forest fires (behind the Amazon), presenting a 100% increase in the number of fire outbreaks compared to 2018 data, according to the National Institute of Space Research (INPE). In early September, for example, the fire in the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, located in Mato Grosso, destroyed nearly 4,000 hectares of its area.

Read the Policy Letter of the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fairs and this full article on site from the Cerrado Network!

THE Cerrado Network counts with support from CEPF Cerrado to execute the project “Network strengthened, Cerrado conserved”, which aims to broaden the political impact of the Network on the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of public policies promoting sustainable development, respecting the rights of family farmers, peoples and traditional communities. During the IX Cerrado Meeting and Peoples Fair, the Cerrado Network and some CEPF Cerrado partner institutions promoted important discussions related to topics such as gender and territory, fair and solidary trade in the baru chain, territorial and environmental management in the Cerrado indigenous lands, socio-environmental conflicts in MATOPIBA and the marketing of Cerrado agroextractive products.

Stay tuned, as soon we will publish more news about the unfolding of these discussions during the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado Peoples!


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.

 

 

Rede Cerrado launches campaign for IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair

via Cerrado Network

IT'S ALL OR NOTHING!

The campaign for crowdfunding for the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People is in the air. Do you know why this meeting is important?

Held since 2001, the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair is a great space for exchanging experiences and articulations in defense of the Biome and its peoples.

The ninth edition of the Meeting is an intense moment of mobilization and integration among various sectors and actors interested in defending the Cerrado and its peoples.

In addition to being a great celebration for the gathering of the diversity of the Cerrado peoples, it has become an important instrument for articulation and strengthening of peoples, as well as being a means of accessibility and discussion of public policies and the commercialization of Peoples' products. from the Cerrado.

For the Living Cerrado: Diversities, Territories and Democracy. This will be the theme of the ninth edition of the Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair. Opening on September 11, Cerrado National Day, the Meeting and Fair will be held in Brasilia until September 14 and will be a space for debates, reflections and exchanges of experiences on the reality of the biome and the challenges faced by the peoples and traditional communities that inhabit the Cerrado.

It was to raise complementary funds for the event, that the Cerrado Network launches a crowdfunding campaign so that anyone fighting for the conservation of the Cerrado and its people can collaborate with the construction of the meeting.

Who organizes the Cerrado People Meeting and Fair?

The Cerrado Network! A collective of organizations that brings together 54 formally affiliated organizations and about three hundred organizations participating in the activities of the Network.

We count on your support!

See more details of the collective funding for the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair at the link and be part of this great solidarity network: https://benfeitoria.com/encontroefeirapovosdocerrado

 


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.