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What are Municipal Environmental Councils?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL MUNICIPAL COUNCILS ARE AND WHAT ARE THEY FOR? 

 

Neotrópica do Brasil Foundation provides a free guide with guidelines for implementing thisare you advice


What is the Municipal Environment Council?

The Municipal Environment Council (COMDEMA) is an instrument of local environmental management that unites public agencies, business sectors, politicians and civil society organizations in search of solutions for the use of natural resources and for the recovery of environmental damage.

Photo: Fernanda Caso / Collection Neotrópica Foundation of Brazil


Why COMDEMAs are important?

THE COMDEMAs promote citizenship, democracy and coexistence between the interests of different sectors of society. In addition, it encourages the creation of municipal public policies for environmental conservation and the expansion and improvement in the management of municipal protected areas and Conservation Units, among many other benefits.

What is the function of COMDEMAs?

Some of the attributions of the Municipal Environment Councils are: to propose the environmental policy of the municipality and to monitor its compliance; promote environmental education; monitor the implementation of municipal UCs (Conservation Units); receive and investigate complaints made by the population about environmental degradation; and more.

Who participates in COMDEMAs?

Municipal departments, City Council, unions, environmental organizations, neighborhood associations, groups of women, young people and the elderly, class entities, entities representing the business community; research and extension institutions, social and minority movements, consumer protection institutions and producer groups.

How to create COMDEMA?

The first step in the creation of COMDEMA is the mobilization of the community. Then comes the drafting and approval of the Law by the Municipal Council of Councils establishing the creation of COMDEMA. After approval, directors and board members are appointed, who will have the task of creating and approving the Board's internal regulations and holding meetings periodically.

You can find these and other information on & #8220; PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR IMPLEMENTING ENVIRONMENTAL MUNICIPAL COUNCILS & #8221;click on the link and downloadThe material is the result of the project & #8220; Union of Municipal Environmental Councils & #8211; Mobilizing actors from the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor & #8221; executed by the Neotrópica do Brasil Foundation, with support from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IIEB).

About the União dos COMDEMAS project

Municipal Environment Councils (COMDEMA) are key instruments for local environmental management. For this reason, the Neotrópica do Brasil Foundation promotes actions to create and strengthen COMDEMAS in 25 municipalities in Mato Grosso do Sul.

With the project & #8220; Union of Municipal Environmental Councils & #8211; Mobilizing actors from the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor & #8221;, FNB mobilizes COMDEMAS, and consequently public policies, investments, qualification and promotion of the debate on conservation and management of the Cerrado.

The purpose is to support local decisions that contribute to global environmental conservation goals, especially in the Cerrado. The biome, which is a global biodiversity hotspot, has already had 50% of its native vegetation cover devastated and is under strong human pressure.

Learn more about the project and the benefits it can bring to your municipality in fundacaoneotropica.org.br.

Text available on site of the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil.

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.

Elos do Cerrado celebrates National Cerrado Day with virtual exhibition and conversation circles with specialists

The interactive exhibition takes the public on a tour of the Brazilian savannah

 

Representatives of the University of Brasilia, WWF and Greenpeace, among others, debate important issues such as conservation of the biome

 

As of September 1, the project We are a family owned and operated business.Cerrado Links celebrates the Cerrado Month with a program that instigates the public to think of ways to protect the Brazilian savannah. The event will be divided into two parts: a virtual exhibition, with panels and photographs, with access until December 30; and 16 Conversation Wheels, which take place until the day September 11th - date on which the second largest Brazilian biome is celebrated.

Yuri Salmona, executive director of Cerrados Institute, highlights the relevance of the project, which Cerrado with prominence and attention he deserves. “It will be a great opportunity to talk, watch and experience the links that involve the conservation of our biome. It is not possible to bring all the Cerrado complexity to an event, but it was with the vision that it was important to present the most different aspects that we elaborated on this meeting ”, highlights. Yuri also comments on the challenges of producing the event in times of social isolation. “It would not be true to say that it is simple to produce an event like this, especially in the midst of the pandemic. But the fact that the meeting is online has some positive points and the main one is the reach. The content of the exhibition is trilingual: Portuguese, English and French, allowing much of the world to interact with the exhibition. We hope to expand the voices that speak for the Cerrado ”, complete.

The Elos do Cerrado is an online event promoted by the Cerrados Institute in partnership with the French Embassy, Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF), International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB), Nature and Culture International (NCI), Nature Population Society Institute (ISPN), WWF- Brazil, Greenpeace Brasil, Institute for Environmental Research in the Amazon (IPAM), Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF), Cerrado Network, Mais Cerrado Foundation, Alliance Française of Brasilia, Children of the Nation / SUP Wave, Collective 105 Ilha Design, Free Pass Idiomas and Apex Accounting.

Exposure

As of September 1, the exposure We are a family owned and operated business.Cerrado Links allows visitors to see the beauty and challenges of conserving the world's most biodiverse savannah. The tour takes the public to three different environments:

THE photographic exhibition We are a family owned and operated business.Cerrado Links shows the consequences of deforestation and shows successful cases in preservation.

Artistic exhibition with unpublished works inspired by the biome, produced by Brazilian artists. In addition to a panel presenting the main cause and effect relationships involving the Cerrado.

The show is on site Instituto Cerrados, from the day September 1st.

Circles of conversation

The second part of the event consists of a series of Conversations, between the 1st and the 11th of September, on the Instituto Cerrados website and channel on Youtube. Always at 15h and 19h, 90 specialists expose different points of view on what to do so that the remaining half of the biome is not consumed and to point out directions for a more harmonious relationship with the Cerrado.

Check the complete schedule:

September 1st:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.How do we deal with fire in the Cerrado? with Isabel Schmidt (UnB), Rossano Marchetti Ramos (Prevfogo / Ibama), Eldo Barreto (Correntina Pasture Closing), Rafael Drumond (Brivac), Amilton Sá (Rede Contra Fogo) and the mediator Roberto Cavalcanti (UnB).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.Occupation and deforestation in Cerrado with Ane Alencar (IPAM), Mário Barroso (TNC), Cláudio Almeida (INPE), Bruno Bassi (With an Eye on Ruralists), Leandro Parente (LAPIG / UFG) and the mediator Yuri Salmona (Instituto Cerrados).

September 2nd:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.Water, Flora and the Cerrado with Eloi Campos (IG / UnB -), Saulo Aires (ANA), Marcelo Kuhlmann (GIZ), Marcos Rogério (Corrente-Verde), Andrea Leme (UnB), Cássia Munhoz (UnB) and the mediator Yuri Salmona (IC).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.The role of women in protecting the We are a family owned and operated business.Cerrado with Nathalia Ziolkowski (Ecoa), Lucely Pio (Pacari Articulation), Fátima Barros (Association of Communities Quilombola remnants of São Vicente Island), Célia Xakriabá (Xakriabá people) and the mediator Katia Favilla (Rede Cerrado).

September 3rd:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.Private Reserves of Natural Heritage (RPPN) - A look from inside the Cerrado with Fernando Madueño (RPPN Pau Terra), Chyslia Fernanda (IBC), Tibor
Rombauer (RPPN Abade), Fábio Padula (RPPN Bacupari), André Luís S. Zecchin (RPPN Tombador) and the mediator Yuri Salmona (IC).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.Conservation in private areas in the Close with Michael Becker (CEPF / IEB), Yuri Salmona (IC), Luciano Souza (Environmental Consultant) and mediator Reinaldo
(Nature and Culture International).

September 4th:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.Pesticides: Impacts and Alternatives for the We are a family owned and operated business.Cerrado with Marco Antonio Delfinode Almeida (MPF), Bruno Melo (Tomita AgroÖikos), Prof. Pignati (UFMT / NEAST), Adriana Werneck Regina (OPAN), Wagner Soares (IBGE) and the mediator Pedro Gasparinetti (CSF).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.Standing Cerrado Communities with Maria do Socorro (Rede Cerrado), Isabel Castro (IPAM), Wilson Rocha (MPF), Mayk Arruda (Central do Cerrado) and the mediator Dionete Figueiredo Barbosa (COPABASE).

September 8th:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.Consumption, Commodities and the Cerrado We are a family owned and operated business.with Pedro Gasparinetti (CSF), Frederico Machado (WWF-Brazil), Adriana Charoux (Greenpeace), Arnaldo Carneiro (Sinapsis), Daniel Meyer (Global Canopy) and the mediator Gabriela Savian (IPAM).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.Degraded areas in the Cerrado: restoration, agroforestry and We are a family owned and operated business.technology with Alexandre Bonesso Sampaio (ICMBio), Andrew Miccolis (Aclimar / Icraf), Elaine Silva (Lapig / UFG) and mediator Thiago Beloti (WWF).

September 9:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.Investing in conserving Cerrado with André Zecchin (F. Boticário), Michael Becker (CEPF / IEB), Manoel Serrão (FUNBIO), Isabel Figueiredo (ISPN), Rafael Murta (Ashoka), Leonardo Geluda (IIS) and the mediator Fernando Tatagiba (ICMBio).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.Challenges for the conservation of Cerrado biodiversity with Reuber Brandão (Nature Conservation Specialist Network & #8211; Grupo o Boticário Foundation), Ricardo Machado (UnB), Paula Hanna Valdujo (WWF-Brazil), Gislaine Disconzi (Pato-Mergulhão Project), Fernando Previdente (Pato-Mergulhão Project) ) and the mediator Vivian Braz (University Center of Anápolis / GO).

September 10th:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.Cerrado, Climate Change and the Paris Agreement We are a family owned and operated business.with Paulo Moutinho (IPAM), Cristiane Mazzetti (Greenpeace Brasil), Ane Alencar (IPAM) and the mediator Mercedes Bustamante (UnB).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.The role of Legislation and Public Agents in the conservation of the Cerrado with Tatiany Barata (Federal Senate), Sarney Filho (Secretary of State for the Environment of the Federal District), Guilherme Eidt (ISPN), Rodrigo Agostinho (Chamber of Deputies), Bruno Mello (Fund. Mais Cerrado) and mediator Marcelo Elvira ( WWF-Brazil).

September 11:

3pm: We are a family owned and operated business.Solidarity in times of Covid-19 and the Cerrado that feeds with Chyslia Fernanda (IBC), Damião Moreira dos Santos (Quilombo Kalunga Association), Ana Paula Boquadi (Buriti Zen Restaurant), Tainá Zaneti (Pitadas de Cerrado), Luciana Pinto (Chapada Solidária), Valéria Santos (CPT and National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado) and the mediator Silvana Bastos (ISPN).

19h: We are a family owned and operated business.Alternatives and solutions for the Cerrado with Isabel Figueiredo (ISPN), Alexandre Bonesso Sampaio (ICMBio), Luis Carrazza (Central do Cerrado), André Guimarães (IPAM), Yuri Salmona (IC), Altair Sales Barbosa (Altair Sales Institute), Carolina Siqueira (WWF-Brazil) and the mediator Camilla Thomaz (Instituto Cerrados).

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Cerrado Links
Virtual Exhibition Elos do Cerrado
From September 1 to December 30, 2020 at site of the Cerrados Institute.

Circles of conversation

From 1st to 4th September; and from September 8 to 11, 2020

Always at 3 pm and 7 pm, at channel of the Cerrados Institute

Contact Information

Instituto Cerrados Instagram (@institutocerrados) and on the websiteWe are a family owned and operated business.https://www.cerrados.org/inscricoeselosWe are a family owned and operated business.

 


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.

 

Grande Sertão Cooperative publishes reference term to hire specialized technical service

THE Grande Sertão Cooperative has been developing actions around sustainability and agroecology, discussing new concepts, presenting solutions and developing strategies for collaborative action in order to promote the strengthening of agroextractive communities. Among the actions developed there is a continuous process of transferring and building knowledge with training practices in associativism and cooperativism, good production practices and development of food products with fruits of the Cerrado, in addition to seeking to strengthen the management and conservation of rural territories where sustainable agroextractivism.

Thus, productive chains of Cerrado fruits have been organized, built and strengthened, as an example: the buriti (Mauritania flexuosa) that occurs in paths with plenty of water, it has been used in a sustainable way for the production of pulps and oil extraction; The pequi (Caryocar brasiliense) used for the production of flour, pulp and oil; The coquinho-sour (Butia captata) used for the production of frozen pulp, beers and sweets; The baru (Dipteryx alata), which in addition to consumption in natura, is being tested for the production of oils and other potential products, which are under development. The Cooperative continues to seek ways to expand its work to new communities and municipalities in the north of Minas Gerais, with a focus on strengthening local economies and promoting the conservation of ecosystems.

In this sense, the Grande Sertão Cooperative makes public the term of reference for hiring a specialized technical service to support technical assistance, aiming at the standardization and continuous improvement of the nutritional and sanitary quality of the products of the Cerrado that are collected, processed and commercialized by the Cooperative. The objective is to enhance the sustainable use of native Cerrado fruits and strengthen the economies of agroextractive communities, aiming at the best practices of management and conservation of the hot spot Cerrado and the corridor Grande Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu within the project “Grande Sertão - Extraction, Conservation and Income”.

Professionals interested in performing the services presented will have until the day July 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm, to send via e-mail your proposals, together with the requested documentation as described in Reference term.

For more information, contact:

José Fábio Soares

telephone: (38) 3223-2285

email: cooperativagrandesertao@gmail.com

 

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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.

 

 

Ekos Brasil launches project to accelerate sustainable tourism in the Peruaçu valley with support from CEPF Cerrado

via Ekos Brazil Institute

Protector of an impressive socio-environmental, cultural, archaeological and paleontological heritage, the National Park and Environmental Protection Area (APA) Cavernas do Peruaçu is located in the Cerrado of northern Minas Gerais, in an area of transition to the so-called drought polygon and, therefore, very critical in protecting fresh water.

In addition to the water challenge, this portion of the Cerrado is also concerned with the Human Development Index two cities closest to the park: Januária (MG) and Itacarambi (MG), with 0.658 and 0.641 respectively (IBGE, 2010), that is, economic vulnerability and basic social assistance services.

Aware of fundamental role of biodiversity conservation and income generation that the Park and APA can bring to the Peruaçu valley, the Instituto Ekos Brasil, in partnership with the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB) launched, in the earlier this month, the project “Accelerating sustainable tourism in the Peruaçu valley”.

Lasting one year, the project aims to develop, strengthen and accelerate sustainable tourism, a source of income for communities through nature conservation.

The project phases

At registrations happen from 2nd of June to 1st of July 2020. And people over 18 can apply, residents or working in the Vale do Peruaçu region, or members of local associations or organizations, interested in sustainable tourism. The registration link can be accessed on here.

Up to 50 people will be selected in the registration notice and will have the chance to participate in the Innovation Lab. This phase includes workshops given by specialists from different areas of knowledge and a field trip to visit another tourist destination with strong economic activity and local development.

In the last phase, the prototypes of 5 initiatives developed during the Innovation Laboratory Ekos Brasil Incubator and they will receive contributions, made feasible with the project's resources, so that the plans go out of the paper and generate social and economic development for the communities of the region through sustainable tourism.

The project is expected to close at the end of the first quarter of 2021. But it will certainly be just the starting point for good entrepreneurial initiatives to support job creation and biodiversity conservation in the region.

Learn more about CEPF Cerrado

CEPF is a joint program of the French Agency for Development, Conservation International, European Union, Global Environment Fund (GEF), Government of Japan and World Bank, which finances projects to protect unique and threatened ecosystems - also known as biodiversity hotspots. In 2013, the CEPF Donor Council selected the Cerrado biome as one of the priority hotspots, and US $ 8 million was allocated to investments in conservation projects in the period from 2016 to 2021.

The project “ACCELERATING SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN THE PERUAÇU VALLEY” it is one of several fund initiatives in the region.

know more about the project and understand how to contribute!

 

 

 

Weaving the Resistance Network of the Cerrado and Pantanal Women

National Report on the articulation between women dialoguing on gender, environmental conservation and ways of life

by Iasmim Amiden, via ECOA

 

The year 2019 is one that goes down in history with the women of Cerrado and Pantanal Brazilian that together articulate for the defense of their territories and their human rights.

THE Ecoa, a ActionAid it's the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) and International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB) they directly support this resistance network and held, last year alone, three major events that brought together 230 women. Women representing traditional communities, agroextractive groups and researchers from governmental and non-governmental organizations.

One of the results of these meetings was the publication of a national report regarding the gender and environment agenda, which recently entered the list of 7 global highlights of the year 2019 the Impact Report produced by CEPF.

The report will be officially launched during Environment Week, in a live broadcast made by Ecoa, organized and promoted by some of the women who participated in this work. Take advantage of the central debate of the online event: “Women, territories and the environment for them”, which will take place at 3 pm in the profile of ECOA Facebook.

An initiative added to the mobilization of various networks and organizations to CerraPan - Network of Women Producers from the Cerrado and Pantanal, Pantanal Network, National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado and the Cerrado Network.

Finally, the full publication is now available at the link below! Entirely produced by women, with 6 texts that cover their articulations for the conservation of the environment and the appreciation and respect of their ways of life:

 

                        Access the publication here

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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.

CEPF global partners are making a difference

See the seven highlights of the CEPF 2019 Impact Report

by Julie Shaw via Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

 

Seychelles blue pigeon (Alectroenas pulcherrimus). © O. Langrand

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has already financed projects carried out by more than 2,400 beneficiaries in 98 countries and territories in 24 of the priority hotspots & #8211; places with high biological diversity and extremely threatened & #8211; of biodiversity in the world. This represents a major conservation effort. But what are the results?

The CEPF Impact Report helps tell the story of what our partners have achieved so far. By analyzing data from CEPF's first grants until the end of fiscal year 2019 (June 30, 2019), CEPF uses 16 indicators to monitor its conservation progress. The report is organized into the four categories, or & #8220; pillars & #8221 ;, of CEPF's work: biodiversity, civil society, human well-being and training conditions. The publication also shares some of the most recent and interesting stories from our beneficiaries around the world, who on a day-to-day basis are implementing conservation strategies, helping communities and governments and building their own expertise to support biodiversity and provide leadership.

Despite the countless challenges that these institutions face, we are proud to say that they are making a big difference. Here are just a few of those highlights:

1. Direct support for 882 globally threatened species

Habitat protection, species monitoring, patrolling, removal of invasive species & #8211; these are just some of the ways in which CEPF beneficiaries are acting directly to protect globally threatened species.

An example of the impact of species is the work of institutions in Wallacea hot spot on Sangihe Island and Yayasan IDEP Selaras Alam and partners on Talaud Island for the conservation of red-blue lory (Eos history), that is threat of extinction. The bird's bright colors make it a target for human trafficking. wild animals. Beneficiaries made the local community aware of the value of the species and its habitat, worked with local authorities to monitor trade and stop hunting, and promoted environmentally sound agricultural practices. The result: improved management of 2,157 hectares of protected forest in Sangihe and 6,720 hectares of agricultural buffer zone for a protected area in Talaud.

See pages 28-31 for more information on species support.

2. Helping to gain formal protection for 15.1 million hectares of biodiversized ecosystems

CEPF monitors the hectares of ecosystems for which beneficiaries have helped to obtain formal legal protections.

Fiscal year 2019 was an important year on that front, with some notable achievements. They include:

  • Creation of Intag Toisán Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area, in the municipality of Cotacachi, northwest of Ecuador. Grantee Fundación Prodeci a Favor de los Derechos Ciudadanos involved local communities and social and governmental entities in the establishment of a protected area of 108,959 hectares, rich in endemic species, rivers, river basins and forests and which has been under threat of agricultural expansion, exploitation illegal logging and large-scale mining.
  • Protection for Ulcinj Salina, an important place in Montenegro for migratory birds. The Bird Research and Protection Center (CZIP) has been working for over 15 years & #8211; with CEPF support from 2013 to 2017 & #8211; to obtain protection for the unique ecosystem formed by artificial salt pans. And in June 2019, the local parliament voted to declare the site a national protected area.

See pages 13-18 for more on concession efforts to create protected areas.

3. 75 organizations in Indonesia strengthened through a single grant

One of CEPF's objectives is to strengthen civil society organizations who work with conservation in priority hotspots of biodiversity in the world. Through its monitoring program, CEPF tracks the progress of each beneficiary organization in key elements of strong organizations at the beginning and end of the CEPF grant. Of the 368 organizations that completed their reporting cycles, 248 reported an increase in organizational capacity (67%).

An impressive example occurred at the Wallacea Biodiversity Hotspot, where beneficiary Yayasan Penabulu was tasked with helping to build the knowledge and skills of emerging organizations through training. The efforts were successful, with data showing that 75 CEPF partners and others were strengthened through the project.

Read more on pages 32-36.

4. Through gender mainstreaming projects, more than 230 Brazilian women join forces

Cerrado National Meeting of Women

CEPF monitors the number of beneficiaries who report having a better understanding and commitment to gender issues during their projects with CEPF. At the hot spot Biodiversity Cerrado, institutions like ActionAid and Ecology and Action (ECOA) have been working to address gender issues in the region, organizing women's groups associations, cooperatives and networks. In the last year, they orchestrated three meetings at hot spot to discuss environmental conservation, climate change, gender and more. These meetings brought together more than 230 women and resulted in the elaboration of two national documents: the letter from the first meeting of women from the Cerrado and the manifestation of resistance from women in the Cerrado. Cerrado and Pantanal. Learn more about this project! 

You can read more about this project and CEPF's follow-up on gender efforts on pages 36-40.

5. About 1,300 projects promoted nature-based solutions to climate change

Projects that promote nature-based solutions to combat climate change are monitored through CEPF's monitoring program and, by the end of fiscal year 2019, 1,295 projects have been identified as belonging to this category, including efforts related toclimate change, climate mitigation, ecosystem resilience, reforestation and much more.

A forest restoration project in Mauritius illustrates the impact that such projects can have. The nation has one of the most endangered island floras in the world, with 89% of its endemic plant species considered to be at risk of extinction. Much of Mauritius' fauna has also disappeared along with its forests. Since 2006, CEPF has been working in the Ebony Forest Reserve to address threats to fauna and flora, including invasive exotic plants, habitat fragmentation, loss of genetic diversity among native species, the effects of climate change and the community's lack of awareness about the importance of protecting ecosystems. In response, Ebony Forest has carried out intensive habitat restoration, and has partnered with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to reintroduce indigenous birds. They have maintained 16 hectares of forest and planted 22,982 native plants with the help of children from local schools and corporations.

Read more about its activities and about CEPF monitoring related to climate change on pages 52-55.

6. 36 companies have adopted practices favorable to biodiversity

CEPF tracks the number of companies that adopt friendly practices in relation to biodiversity through projects that received our support. Although CEPF only started collecting this data in 2017, the effort has shown promising results, including:

  • Five companies collaborate with the CEPF partner, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Zoology, in the promotion and sale of agricultural products & #8220; protected area protectors & #8221; at three locations in Yunnan province and on the island of Hainan in China.
  • Shiwi, a private social enterprise, works with the Peruvian Society of Environmental Law to support a network of private protected areas, through a successful marketing strategy for honey and brown sugar produced by the network.

Read more on pages 63-65.

7. CEPF partners contributed to seven of the 20 Biodiversity Goals of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and 10 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Impact Report presents a data table that shows how CEPF fellows have contributed to these global goals, which includes figures such as:

  • 61 projects totaling US$ 6.3 million in donations for proposals focused on reducing the trafficking of wild animals, contributing to Goal 15 of Sustainable Development: Life on Earth.
  • More than 60 coastal protected areas have benefited from increased protection and management, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Under Water.
  • 31 active sustainable financing mechanisms for conservation that have been supported by CEPF, contributing to the Aichi Biodiversity Goal 20 in the mobilization of financial resources.

See the tables on pages 66-71.

There is much more good news in the progress report made so far by beneficiaries of the Fund. Check it out and see why we look forward to continuing to work together for biodiversity!

CEPF reports (impact and annual) are available English version only and can be accessed at the link.

 

Read the original version of the article, which is available in English at site of the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems.

Find the English version here!


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.

 

 

On Biodiversity Day, women from the Cerrado debate ways of life and resistance in the territories

Transmission is part of the series of lives '' Chats: Knowledge of the peoples of the Cerrado and Biodiversity ''

On May 22, the date that marks International Biodiversity Day, the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado starts the series of virtual broadcasts '' Chats: Knowledge of the Cerrado Peoples and Biodiversity '', carried out in partnership with the Observatory of the Ruralists. The debut episode will be broadcast on 4 PM and will present the theme ''The strength of the women of the Cerrado: roots and breakers'', with the participation of representatives of entities and movements that integrate different fronts of the struggle for rights in Cerrado territories.

The first episode of the series will shed light on the ways of life and the forms of resistance of women who break coconut babassu and the roots of the Cerrado. Aparecida Vieira and the quilombola Lucely Morais, masters in Traditional Knowledge from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and University of Brasília (UnB), respectively, will represent the roots in the dialogue wheel. Both are part of the coordination of Articulação Pacari, a socio-environmental network formed by community organizations that practice traditional medicine through the sustainable use of the Cerrado's biodiversity.

The team of coco-babaçu breakers will have the participation of Socorro Teixeira, from Tocantins, president of Rede Cerrado and part of the Coordination of the Interstate Movement of Coco-babaçu Breakers (MIQCB), and Helena Gomes, from Piauí, vice coordinator of the MIQCB. Maria Emília Pacheco, from FASE and the National Articulation of Agroecology (ANA), will join the chat as a debater along with Valéria Santos, from the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) and the executive coordination of the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado, which will facilitate the dialog wheel.

Guardians and guardians of traditional knowledge

The peoples of the Cerrado are heirs and operationalize ancestral and traditional knowledge that have guided the management of forests and landscapes for many generations, making this rich savannah one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. “If there is still a Cerrado standing, it is because these peoples have their feet on the ground of the Cerrado. That is why there is no defense of the Cerrado without the defense of the Cerrado territories, where these peoples conserve biodiversity through their ways of life '', says Valéria Santos, executive coordinator of the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado.

The widespread use of the coconut babassu palm by the breakers from Maranhão to Mato Grosso (passing through Pará, Piauí, Tocantins and reaching Chiquitania in Bolivia) depends on a set of knowledge passed on among women over many generations. Through these multiple uses, & #8220; mother-palm & #8221 ;, as the breakers say, brings food and sustenance to thousands of families in our Cerrado.

Despite this, breakers often have to fight against large landowners who want to cut down palm trees and prevent them from accessing babassu trees. All of this led them to organize themselves in the MIQCB to achieve & #8220; release the coconut & #8221; and become stronger in production and marketing.

Monkey pepper, Cerrado tree for economic and traditional use. Photo: © Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

Another traditional knowledge of the peoples of the Cerrado is the use of medicinal plants that make up the & #8220; Pharmacopoeia Popular do Cerrado & #8221 ;. The roots and roots are recognized in their communities by the practice of different healing trades from the application of varieties of plants, roots, fruits, clays and their preparations. "The criminalization and depreciation of the biocultural importance of these practices led the roots to organize themselves in the Pacari Articulation and to launch the Biocultural Protocol of Raizeiras do Cerrado, seeking to defend their right to practice traditional medicine," says Valéria.

In addition, the lack of recognition of the importance of their practices for the cultural and biological diversity of the Cerrado was not enough, the breakers and the rootstocks have still faced the threat of a new type of theft and encircling: the appropriation by companies of the genetic heritage of which they are guardians .

Programming

The series of chats '' Knowledge of the Peoples of the Cerrado and Biodiversity '' will transmit dialogues focused on the populations that promote the conservation of the Cerrado's biodiversity: indigenous, quilombolas and the traditional peoples and communities of the region. With two episodes scheduled per month, the series will run until August.

In this moment of pandemic due to the coronavirus, Aparecida Vieira highlights the importance of the initiative to make the work of women in rural areas visible in the territories. '' We need to announce that the work of women guardians of traditional knowledge has not been interrupted in this moment in which we live. On the contrary, it is fundamental work for the health of communities '', highlights the root girl.

CEPF Cerrado and the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado

The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado visits Traditional Communities and Peoples in the Mirador-Tables Corridor, located in the states of Maranhão, Piauí and Tocantins, through the Project ''Network articulation and social participation for the conservation of the Cerrado' ', which is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), with the coordination of the ActionAid Brasil. With a focus on enhancing the ways of life of Traditional Peoples and Communities and in strengthening social participation actions and the fight for territorial rights of these groups, the research seeks to subsidize the performance of the Campaign, its member organizations and the populations living in the Cerrado.

 

Service:

Virtual debate '' The strength of the women of the Cerrado: roots and breakers ''

Date / time: May 22, at 4 pm (Brasília time)

Transmission channel: www.facebook.com/campanhacerrado

Realization: National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado

Partnership: Observatório De Olho nos Ruralistas

 

Press Contact:

Bruno Santiago

comunicacerrado@gmail.com

+55 011 99985 0378


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The Ignored Crisis in Brazil

Most people haven't heard of the Cerrado yet, and that's a problem

by: Marsea Nelson, CEPF Senior Communication Manager

 

For months, the fires that devastated the Amazon made headlines on the front page all over the world, and with good reason. The iconic rainforest stores millions of tons of carbon dioxide & #8211; its burning means a less stable climate across the Earth.

The fires also devastated another part of South America, but coverage of this catastrophe was sparse.

More than 800 bird species are found in the Cerrado, including the peach-fronted parakeet. ©O. Langrand
More than 800 species of birds are found in the Cerrado, including the peach-faced parakeet. Photo: © O. Langrand / CEPF Collection

In central Brazil (and with small portions in Bolivia and Paraguay) are 200 million hectares of tropical savanna, known as the Cerrado. The early settlers of the Cerrado considered it a barren desert, but that was far from the truth. This region is considered the most biodiverse tropical savanna on the planet, with 5% of the world's species. And, like the Amazon, the Cerrado holds a critically important amount of carbon.

The misunderstanding about the importance of the Cerrado may be due, in part, to the location where its carbon is stored. The Cerrado undergoes a long dry season each year; trees and plants have adapted, growing downwards instead of upwards. About 70% of Cerrado biomass is underground.

& #8220; For most Brazilians, the Cerrado is the rainforest & #8216; ugly & #8217; as it has a long dry season and most trees do not reach much height, as in the Amazon & #8221; said Michael Becker, leader of the regional implementation team of the CEPF. It is also necessary to consider that the dimensions of the Cerrado are very difficult to understand & #8221 ;. Considering a north-south axis, it spreads beyond the distance between Chicago and Monterrey, Mexico, and has many different landscapes & #8221 ;.

They live within the varied ecosystems of the Cerrado 5 million people, namely, indigenous peoples, communities, traditional peoples and family producers. They depend on the region's natural resources for their livelihood. The importance of this biodiversity hotspot is not limited, however, to its borders. Rivers and rains within the Cerrado are connected to almost all of Brazil & #8211; bringing water to agriculture, hydropower and human consumption.

Rio dos Couros, Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás. Photo: © A. Amaral / IEB Collection

The second largest underground water reservoir in the world & #8211; The Guarani Aquifer & #8211; as well as the largest swamp in the world & #8211; the Pantanal & #8211; depend on the water flowing from the Cerrado.

Knowing all this, it is alarming to know that the destruction of the Cerrado is already underway: 50% of the hotspot has been cleared & #8211; mainly for large-scale agriculture & #8211; and a large part of what remains has already suffered some kind of interference. All of this, before the recent fires that swept the region.

There are, however, positive measures being taken to protect this critically important place:

  • The Brazilian coffee industry was suffering a severe blow to the hotspot, which is why the Forest and Agricultural Management and Certification Institute (IMAFLORA) co-founder of the Cerrado Water Consortium, an initiative that aims to make coffee production more sustainable, is promoting in the municipality of Patrocínio a payment scheme for environmental services (PSA), with replication plans in other parts of the Cerrado, if successful.
  • The buriti palm is found in abundance in Veredas do Cerrado and has great potential for income generation. However, it can be overexploited, so the Grande Sertão Family Farmers and Agroextractive Cooperative, a partner of CEPF Cerrado and the International Education Institute of Brazil, offers training to farmers in sustainable harvesting practices and efficient processing techniques. To date, more than 400 people have received training and the income paid to farmers has increased.
  • The beta version of Cerrado Knowledge Platform recently entered the air. Created by the Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG / UFG), and funded by CEPF Cerrado, the platform consolidates geospatial and census knowledge about the region, providing conservationists, government and civil society with crucial data to help them make informed decisions.

    Kalunga Community in Vão de Almas. Photo: © Emeric Kalil / Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection
  • With the help of a grant from CEPF Cerrado, the Kalunga people & #8211; quilombola community in the state of Goiás & #8211; is using technology to map the area where they live, enabling them to better defend their lands and their traditional way of life.
  • Funatura, another partner financed by CEPF Cerrado, is working to establish 50 Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPNs) in the Cerrado, through the project Private Reserves in the Cerrado, which uses a variety of approaches, including showing landowners the untapped potential of ecotourism.

Efforts like these are encouraging, but the road to a healthy and prosperous Cerrado will be long.

& #8220; With half the Cerrado still preserved, this hotspot can be an excellent case study, proving that conservation, social rights and agricultural production can coexist and share the benefits of nature & #8221; said Becker. & #8220; CEPF is working towards this objective & #8221 ;.

Learn more about CEPF investments in Cerrado biodiversity hotspot.

Read the original version of the story, which is available in English, at site CEPF.

 

About CEPF Cerrado

In 2013, the CEPF Donor Council selected the Cerrado as one of the priority hotspots priority and US $ 8 million were allocated to investments in projects in the period from 2016 to 2021. Between the years 2016 and 2019, CEPF Cerrado made three calls to support projects in the Cerrado. Currently, the Fund has 55 projects, divided into Large and Small Projects.

In Brazil, CEPF relies on the performance of the Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), such as the Regional Implementation Team. IEB is a Brazilian third sector institution dedicated to training and qualifying people, as well as strengthening organizations in the areas of natural resource management, environmental and territorial management and other topics related to sustainability. The IEB operates in a network, seeks partnerships and promotes situations of interaction and exchange between civil society organizations, community associations, government bodies and the private sector. To learn more about the IEB's performance, visit: http://www.iieb.org.br/


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Seed and Catering Market: Promoting Environmental Services and Biodiversity

via Cerrado Seed Network

The year 2020 started with good expectations for the team from the Cerrado Seed Network (RSC). Continuing the actions of the Institutional Development Program of the Cerrado de Pé Association, the Network held on January 19th and 20th, the 5th meeting with the seed collectors.

On the occasion, collectors from Alto Paraíso, Moinho, São Jorge, Teresina de Goiás, Cavalcante and Kalunga territory together with volunteers from the Cerrado de Pé Association and the Project's technical team participated in the workshop, given by consultant Regina Erismamm, which took place with the aim of elaborate the planning of actions for 2020, mainly, regarding the revision of the prices of seeds available for the

Photo: ©Gabriel Rosa / RSC Collection

sale by RSC.

The meeting was also a good opportunity to discuss the benefits of processing native seeds from the Cerrado. In 2019, the Cerrado Seed Network through the Seed Market and Restoration Project: Promoting Environmental Services and Biodiversity directed its training activities towards the improvement of the seed processing  used in the restoration process of this important biome, through the planting technique called direct seeding.

Another outstanding activity developed this January, was the availability of native seeds in stock for immediate sale. It is worth remembering that, in order to offer greater quality and variety of seeds, RSC works to order. Orders, which will guide collections in 2020, can now be placed by email vendas@rsc.org.br

Seed Market and Restoration Project: Promoting Environmental Services and Biodiversity

The project Seed and Restoration Market: Providing Environmental Services and Biodiversitywhich is run by Cerrado Seed Network and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), acts in the main links of the native seed production chain: the seed collectors, the diverse types of seed buyers and the interconnection between these actors, in order to enable these native seed collectors; disseminate successful restoration actions and techniques and strengthen local and regional trade in seeds of native Cerrado species, improving the commercial interface between native seed collectors and consumers.

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Symposium & #8220; Flora in Debate & #8221; happens in March in the city of Belo Horizonte

On the 19th of March, in Belo Horizonte, the Symposium “Challenges in the conservation of rare plants. The case of species of Dimorphandra”. This symposium is one of the actions of the National Action Plan for the conservation of the faveiro-de-wilson, a species of rare and endemic tree from Minas Gerais, threatened with extinction.

The symposium is also an integral part of the Project “Management and Protection of the faveiro-de-Wilson (Dimorphandra wilsonii) ", which is supported by Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems and International Institute of Education of Brazil. At the event, specialists and collaborators working with this species, as well as with another equally rare tree species in the region, the faveiro-da-mata, will show the latest advances in research and conservation of these species, as well as discuss the ways forward.

The project “Handling and Protection of the faveiro-de-wilson” is executed by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanical Foundation and started in November 2017 and has several actions in progress, including meetings, training and visits to areas of occurrence of the species, acting in an extension of 5,215 km², where are the 18 municipalities where the faveiro occurs. know more about the project's actions!

If you are interested in participating in the symposium, enter the website and register.

https://floraemdebate.wixsite.com/floraemdebate

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COPABASE launches series of booklets aimed at family farmers

THE Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy & #8211; COPABASE, founded on February 23, 2008, in the city of Arinos / MG is a promoter in the articulation of actions focused on Sustainable Regional Development and that saw in the structuring of interest groups in several agroextractive productive chains, the need for organization and autonomy of the families of family farmers and extractivists in a legal instrument capable of acting not only in the organization of production, but also in guaranteeing the processing and commercialization of the products that emerge, maintaining the principle of sustainability.

Through the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), COPABASE has been executing the project Sustainable production practices as promoters of biodiversity conservation in the Urucuiano Sertão, whose objective is to promote the diversification of production agroextractive with sustainable management through the collective structuring of families in the Urucuia River basin region, one of the main tributaries of the São Francisco River. Throughout its activities, the project has already disseminated sustainable technologies and practices for agroextractive production, food security and socioeconomic organization and has developed biodiversity conservation actions in the Cerrado Urucuiano, through the involvement of rural families and a network of partner organizations. One of the products of this dissemination work was the booklets, which deal with themes such as: agroecology, cooperatives, water, pests and diseases, etc. All this material will be distributed to family farmers in the areas where the project operates.

Until then, through technical assistance and visits made by the team, the project collected various data, georeferenced the properties and reached an area of coverage that adds up to 2,500 ha. In December 2019, the communities involved went from 20 to 52, involving extractivist farmers 10 cities around the cooperative.

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Ambiental 44 Ltda. launches publication on Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units with support from IEB and CEPF Cerrado

 

by Luiz Paulo Pinto, Ambiental 44 Information and Projects in Biodiversity Ltda.

Although municipalities are an integral part of the National System of Conservation Units (SNUC), the contribution of municipal conservation units (UCs) to the protection of biodiversity in the Cerrado and in Brazil is still poorly understood. It is new publication on the municipal conservation units of the Cerrado, coordinated by Ambiental Ltda., contributes to expanding knowledge and understanding about the participation of municipalities in the establishment of a broader and more integrated system of protection for biodiversity among the entities of the federation.

Municipal conservation units can play a key role in contributing to greater natural landscape connection, protect populations of species of native fauna and flora, maintain essential environmental services for the population such as water supply, decrease the risks of natural disasters and cope with climate changes, in addition to providing leisure and recreation and proximity of people to nature .

Without an adequate assessment of the network of municipal conservation units, strategies and policies for Cerrado continue with an important gap and underestimate the important role that municipalities have in protecting this biome. The publication, which has the foreword by National Confederation of Municipalities, reveals the important participation of the network of municipal conservation units in the biodiversity protection system. The initiative also presents recommendations for the improvement of public policies on the management and governance of protected areas at the municipal level, and the benefits that these areas provide for local society.

The expectation is that the publication will contribute to making more “visible” hundreds of official protected areas that today are on the margins of biodiversity conservation strategies and with little knowledge of society. Bearing in mind that conservation takes place on a local scale, the greater visibility of municipal conservation units can strengthen an official local protection agenda, highlighting and stimulating the development of capacities and financial resources to improve the effectiveness in the implementation of existing units, in addition to to stimulate the expansion of the area and the number of protected spaces managed by the municipalities.

The project of Ambiental 44 Ltda. was funded and supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). CEPF is a fund created to foster and support biodiversity conservation actions and projects, especially by civil society organizations, in regions of high biological importance in the world, and has the partnership of international institutions - French Development Agency, Conservation International , European Union, Global Environment Fund (GEF), Government of Japan and World Bank.

To learn more about CEPF Cerrado, visit: http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/

 

ACCESS THE PUBLICATION IN INTEGRA:

 

For more information, contact:

Luiz Paulo Pinto

Ambiental 44 Information and Projects in Biodiversidade Ltda.

Email: luizpaulopinto10@gmail.com


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Neotropic Foundation of Brazil project promotes the creation and management of Municipal Environmental Councils through training

by Rodolfo Portela, Neotropic Foundation of Brazil

 

 

To date, nearly 200 social actors have benefited directly from the initiative in 11 municipalities in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

THE PROJECT

Municipalities served by the project “Union of Municipal Councils of the Environment (COMDEMAs): mobilizing actors in the Miranda - Bodoquena & #8221; corridor. Source: © Brazil Neotropic Foundation Collection 2019

Seeking the creation and strengthening of Municipal Environmental Councils, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil, with the support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, executes the project. “Union of Municipal Environment Councils (COMDEMAs): mobilizing actors in the Miranda - Bodoquena corridor”, which comprises 11 municipalities of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Training on the role of the council in the decision making process, held in the municipality of Miranda - MS. Photo: © Neotropic Foundation of Brazil Collection

Its objective is to support actions and decisions focused on local environmental issues that contribute to the achievement of global conservation goals. The main tool used for this is training, which promotes debates on public policy and conservation and management issues of the Cerrado.

The trainings are held monthly in each municipality addressing the following topics:

  • The role of the board in the decision making process;
  • Conservation and sustainable use of Cerrado biodiversity;
  • Environmental legislation applied to conservation;
  • Cerrado ecology and its environmental services;

    Percentage of people impacted in 2019, divided by male and female gender. Source: © Neotropic Foundation of Brazil Collection
  • Payment for environmental services, economic importance and income generation from conservation of natural areas.

The project also foresees the creation of a georeferenced database with environmental information to aid decision making, aiming at improving the management of six existing municipal conservation units (UC) and indicating new areas for the creation of UCs. With just over a year of implementation, the project has already served 195 people with the & #8211; 88 female and 107 male.

EVENTS

1st COMDEMAS Meeting of the Miranda - Bodoquena corridor. Photo: © Neotropic Foundation of Brazil Collection

In May 2019, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil promoted the 1st Miranda - Bodoquena Corridor COMDEMA Meeting. Held in the municipality of Bonito - MS. The event brought together about twenty representatives, including presidents and members of COMDEMAs, from

eleven municipalities served by the project. On the occasion, the President of the Federation of Municipal Councils of Environment (FECOMDEMA), Carlos Alexandre, was present

Mobilization meeting for the elaboration of the law of creation of the COMDEMA of Rochedo - MS. Photo: © Neotropic Foundation of Brazil Collection

as keynote speaker and addressed the functional structure and strategic planning for the effective performance of the Municipal Environmental Councils.

The event also provided participants with a moment to expose their positive or negative experiences, as well as the challenges encountered within their boards. In addition, they could answer their questions in search of solutions to eventual problems faced by the municipalities. At the end of the event, a COMDEMAS Network was created, made up of participants. The Network is articulated through a group online, where counselors exchange ideas, experiences, ask questions, and discuss future proposals for new board meetings.

ADVICE CREATION AND ACTIVATION

In a partnership with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and Mamede Institute, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil assisted the legal process of

creation of the Municipal Environment Council of the city of Rochedo (MS) and reactivated the Municipal Environment Council of Guia Lopes da Laguna (MS) in 2019. It is very important to emphasize that these processes of creation and reactivation of a Council are

Mobilization of the counselors for the elaboration of the Law of creation of COMDEMA of Terenos-MS. Photo: © Neotropic Foundation of Brazil Collection

important tools for democratization and decentralization of environmental management. In order to continue supporting the legal process of creation of the Municipal Environment Council, still in 2019, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil mobilized the Terenos Municipal Secretariat of Environment - MS to bring together the interested parties for the creation of COMDEMA. The result of this mobilization was the elaboration of the bill of creation, where, after training and revisions, it was prepared and forwarded for consideration and approval by the Terenos City Council.

OTHER ADVANCES

One of the training sessions carried out at the Municipal Environment Council of Guia Lopes da Laguna (MS) resulted in an explanation of the importance of creating protected areas for higher collection of Ecological ICMS in the municipality. With this, the president of COMDEMA was motivated to create a Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN) on his rural property. On this occasion, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil made a field visit for knowledge and

studies in the area. This process is in the process of gathering documents to be filed with the state environmental agency to initiate the creation of the protected area.

Action plan meeting at the Brejão Village, Agroforestry Systems Integration and Workshop held in Nioaque - MS. Photo: © Neotropic Foundation of Brazil Collection

Strengthening networking in actions aimed at the conservation of the Cerrado, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil has partnered with the Hanaitti Yomo'omo Association to assist in the process of creating the Nioaque Indigenous Land Territorial and Environmental Management Plan (PGTA). . The association is located in the Indigenous Land of the municipality of Nioaque (MS) and is also funded by CEPF. Work on the preparation of the PGTA began in November 2019, where several entities that support the initiative met during the “Action Plan Meeting at Brejão Village, Integration and Workshop on Agroforestry Systems”, promoted by Brejão village, an of the four villages that make up TI Nioaque. This partnership resulted in the inclusion of a representative of the Nioaque Indigenous Land in the Municipal Environmental Council of the municipality.

GUIDE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMODES

In order to encourage the creation of public policies, train counselors, promote discussions on the conservation and management of the cerrado and the existing environmental problems in the municipalities, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil has prepared a practical guide for the implementation of municipal environmental councils. . The creation of this document seeks to structure the municipalities that do not have COMDEMA and to restructure the councils that are inactive.

The Guide was prepared in 2019 and its launch is scheduled for the first months of 2020 with wide distribution and dissemination in the COMDEMAS of Bonito, Bodoquena, Miranda, Anastacio, Nioaque, Two Brothers of Buriti, Terenos, Boulder, Lopes da Laguna Guide, Garden. and Porto Murtinho.

In addition to the information guide, each city hall of the eleven municipalities will receive posters that discuss the importance of COMDEMAS - as well as the location and dates of monthly meetings, facilitating the circulation of information to civil servants and citizens in general.

Folders will also be distributed in these 11 locations, bringing objective and efficient information to the local population about the

Environment of your municipality. Currently, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil continues to participate in monthly meetings in the 11 municipalities supporting decisions and supporting environmental education actions that the Councils develop. The expectation for next year is to continue acting in favor of public policies that promote the conservation of the Cerrado biodiversity and, consequently, can improve the quality of life of residents.

The project Union of Pro-Cerrado COMDEMAS, which is run by Neotropic Foundation of Brazil and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Its objective is to strengthen the Municipal Environment Councils (COMDEMAs) to support local decisions that contribute to the conservation of the Cerrado and to the achievement of global biodiversity conservation goals.


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Weevils in the wild

The weevil (Sporophila maximiliani) is one of the most rare and endangered and currently free-living populations in the country are unknown. The last record in the wild occurred at the end of 2014, where a small population was located in the interior of the state of Mato Grosso, which has not been seen since. In the rest of the country, the boll weevil has been extinct in practically its entire area of occurrence.

THE reintroduction of butt couples began in November 2018 in Januária in the north of Minas, an area that covers the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Corridor. Since then, 34 bollards have been successfully reintroduced into an area of Private Reserve of Natural Heritage (RPPN) and has been monitored by the project team Reintroduction of bicudo in key areas for the conservation of the Cerrado. To better understand the steps involving the reintroduction of boll weevils, the program People's Land accompanied the release of a couple in the project area. Click here in the post and check out the full program:

In addition to reintroduction, the project also has the important role of generating scientific knowledge about the speciesand, therefore, presented some of the results at the last Brazilian Ornithology Congress that was held in July this year in Vila Velha (ES). The project is supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado) and International Institute of Education of Brazil and is executed by Ariramba Institute of Nature Conservation with the support of several professionals from different institutions and universities in Brazil.

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For an isolated community in Brazil, knowledge is power

The Kalunga community is using mapping data to defend their land and traditional way of life.

translated from text published by Marsea Nelson, Senior Communications Manager, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund 

 

Several hundred years ago, in Brazil, fugitive slave groups established communities & #8211; known as quilombos. Many of these communities were destroyed, but in a remote mountainous region of Goiás, some 8,000 of their descendants & #8211; the people Kalunga & #8211; it continues a traditional lifestyle largely isolated from the modern world.

Today, however, this modern world is forming for this community. The Kalungas found themselves fighting for both their culture and their ancestral land, which lies within the impressive region of Veadeiros Plateau (Goiás, Brazil), which is part of hot spot in Cerrado biodiversity.

The Kalunga are mainly Catholic. However, some converted to neo-Pentecostalism, which brought some differences with community members who continue to hold traditional beliefs.

Community children learn about local biodiversity. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

In addition, younger Kalungas leave the territory to study or work. “When they return, they bring musical influences, outside dancing and new habits,” said Vilmar Souza Costa, president of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK). “They also bring a new vision of how to relate to the land, wanting to apply new technologies to cultivate it and fight pests, which are more appropriate for agribusiness.”

At threats to Kalunga lands they include imminent plans for the construction of a small hydroelectric plant and consistent pressure from mining companies, as well as an increase in land used for agriculture.

Pasture areas have grown over the years and open areas are already taking over the territory, Costa said. He also noted that populations of many species of local biodiversity & #8211; including tapirs, armadillos, rheas and fish & #8211; decreased.

The project field team. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

Recognizing these challenges, the community established the Quilombo Kalunga Association in 1999 to represent and defend their interests.

In 2013, the idea of using the geoprocessing to better understand families living in the region and territory, documenting precisely what Kalunga lands housed, where they were most vulnerable and where there were the best opportunities to implement tourism.

Finding funding for the project, however, proved challenging. Government funds failed and efforts to find another donor did not materialize until five years later, when CEPF granted the Association its first Donation of US$ 216,600.00.

& #8220; In the Cerrado, working with traditional peoples and communities is an important part of our strategy & #8221; said Peggy Poncelet, CEPF grant director. #8220; Not every donor is equipped to provide the kind of technical support that a developing organization such as AQK requires, but CEPF is.

Kalunga Territory. Photo: ©P. Poncelet / CEPF Collection

With funding finally in place, a specialist was hired by AQK to train 24 young Kalungas in GIS and Open Data Kit, which is a data collection toolkit that does not require an internet connection. They then began to systematically gather socioeconomic information about local residents of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage.

The work was not easy & #8211; The team faced heavy rains and bad roads. Sometimes they would go to hard to reach places, only to find that the family was not at home. This fieldwork was a complicated process, but, according to Costa, the young people took on with “enthusiasm and joy”.

The information collected in the survey is being useful on many fronts. The state sanitation company will use the data to improve water supply and sanitation in the community. Information about which families have dogs and chickens will be used by the Department of Health to help fight Chagas disease, which can cause serious health complications. Meanwhile, a federal organization is using data on land cultivation and animal husbandry to provide farmers with more efficient technical assistance.

Vilmar Costa, president of AQK, spoke to the community about the 19 endangered species occurring in the Kalunga Territory. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

Awareness raising is another essential component of the CEPF funded project. Presentations about 19 endangered species found in the region were widely reported in local schools and municipalities. & #8220; Participating students and teachers posted photos and comments on their social networks, which eventually led to large-scale knowledge of the 19 species of Chapada dos Veadeiros & #8221 ;, said Costa. AQK also made presentations during community meetings and distributed calendars and banners describing local biodiversity and how to protect it.

AQK is now working on creating a online platform which will allow each family to update their own information.

The project was also reported locally by the The Brazilian Report and Eyeing The Ruralists. Recently, the portal G1 Nature has published a series of articles and videos about the Kalunga community.

Read the original text of this article, which is available in English at site CEPF.

About Quilombo Kalunga Association and CEPF Cerrado

The Quilombo Kalunga Association is a non-profit, non-profit civil organization founded in October 1999. It is formed by the Kalunga Associations of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre, Teresina and Engenho II, as well as Epotecampo. She represents the largest quilombo territory in Brazil, with 262 thousand hectares of land. The Association promotes the defense of interest of all communities formed by residents of the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site (SHPCK), scattered between the municipalities of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre de Goiás and Teresina de Goiás, and represent them in all instances. legal and administrative

The project “Use of Geoprocessing in the Management of the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site - SHPCK”, fostered by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, from the acronym in English to Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand with support from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)The project aims to know in depth the reality of Kalunga communities, use geoprocessing technology to map the territory in detail, promote SHPCK occupation in a more sustainable way and make Kalunga internationally recognized as advocates of biodiversity conservation. .


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.

 

Cerrado: 31 Protected Areas Receive Action Plan by 2030

by Renata Peña, via WWF-Brasil

They are more than 3.5 million hectares of extreme beauty and diversity of plants, animals and medicinal herbs, as well as quilombola communities and indigenous lands. All this natural and socio-cultural richness is preserved in a set of 31 Protected Areas located in the Cerrado, between the north and northwest of Minas Gerais. THE Sertão Veredas Mosaic & #8211; Peruaçu has just received an action plan to foster sustainable development in this territory by 2030.

Peruaçu River, Januaria, MG. Photo: © André Dib / WWF-Brasil Collection

Starting next year, the Mosaic advisory council will seek to implement actions related to five main themes: integrated management, ecotourism, plant extraction, water conservation and sustainable agribusiness.

This means for example developing the agroecology with family farmers in the region - establishment of nurseries and backyards & #8211; empower residents of rural communities to strengthen existing plant extraction cooperatives and foster the creation of new ones; support brigade members in the fight against forest fires and further expand the potential of community-based tourism by training guides and drivers and creating new trails. THE Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) and the spring recovery degraded are two other guidelines of the action plan for the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic.

“The plan is essential so that the actions we have been developing for several years do not suffer a sudden stop with the change in the national political scenario. It is a motivation to be more innovative and to win more and more projects and initiatives that land in the local reality of the people and Mosaic Conservation Units ”, says WWF-Brazil conservation analyst Vinícius Pereira.

Serra das Araras Path. Photo: ©FUNATURA Collection

César Vitor do Espírito Santo, executive superintendent of the Pro-Nature Foundation (Funatura) explains that the plan also foresees the creation of a fund for the Mosaic. The funds raised would be used to implement the planned actions: “With this plan, we intend that the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic can be an inducer of sustainable development in the territory. A diverse and complex territory economically, socially and culturally. ”

For Joel Sirqueira, manager of the Peruaçu Valley Family and Extractive Farmers Cooperative (Cooperuaçu), an agro-extractive cooperative that has been supported by WWF-Brasil since its inception, the plan is an organized resource to continue conserving the Cerrado. “It directs in a planned and thoughtful way collectively, since everything was built together, the actions aimed at extractivism within the territory and especially for new ventures and cooperatives like Cooperuaçu, it is much more motivating to act when you have a document that helps leading the way forward, ”he says.

Janelão, Peruaçu Caves National Park. Photo: © FUNATURA Collection

The “Conservation Based Territorial Development Plan (DTBC)” was carried out by the Pró-Natureza Foundation (Funatura) with the support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & CEPF Fund (#8211).

See the article in site from WWF-Brasil!

WWF-Brasil and the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic

WWF-Brasil has been operating in the Sertão Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic region through the Sertões Project since 2010, and more recently, with support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in actions focused on encouraging the implementation and integrated management of the conservation; strengthening of the productive chain of the fruits of the Cerrado; communication, aiming at the valorization and rescue of the Cerrado and territorial planning, which aims at systematic conservation planning in the Cerrado biome.

WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aims to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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Promoting Governance and Conservation of Water Resources in the Cerrado

The main threat to the biodiversity of the Cerrado It is deforestation. And most of the remaining original vegetation cover has been subject to various types of interference. For the past five decades, the biome has been the main area of agricultural expansion and consolidation of Brazilian agribusiness, leading to the loss of half of its original plant cover hot spot - unique and threatened ecosystem. At this juncture, the Cerrado, considered one of the most endangered biomes on our planet, illustrates very well the challenges and opportunities of reconciling economic development with conservation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

In this article titled Promotion of governance and conservation of water resources in the Cerrado & #8221; which was published in the scientific journal Conservation Science and Practice, Researchers from Singapore, the United States, Brazil, and Germany evaluated the state of the art and presented new information on the impacts of agricultural expansion, dams, and water use in the Cerrado. From this information, the group made recommendations for the management, conservation and restoration of Cerrado watersheds and ecosystems that are directly related to water.

Read the full article on here.

According to the researchers, conservation of the Cerrado requires not only the conservation of remnants of its vegetation, but also the ability to maintain the hydrogeomorphological and ecological functionality of its rivers, particularly the Araguaia River, the last major well-preserved system. ;. The group concludes its work by pointing out that if we maintain this usual model of development in the Cerrado, which has been implemented for decades, riparian ecosystems of the biome may never restructure again.

Carinhanha River around the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park. Photo: © Germano Neto / FUNATURA Collection

One of the authors of this work and researcher at the Federal University of Goiás, Dr. Manuel Ferreira, has been working with a team of researchers and civil society institutions in the project. Cerrado Knowledge Platform & #8220;. The project is executed by Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG) and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) and aims to share data, information and knowledge among various stakeholders in the Cerrado and empower civil society through reliable information and tools for monitoring Cerrado ecosystems.

The Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG) It is linked to the Institute of Social and Environmental Studies (IESA) of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). Its activities began in 1994 and have since contributed to the elaboration of several monographs, dissertations and theses, as well as offering remote sensing, digital cartography and geographic information systems. In 2010, they started the “Geocourses”, an extension project that offers short and medium courses in the field of geotechnologies, offered to the community in general. The research is an important front for the production and / or organization of geographic and documentary data for territorial and environmental monitoring of Brazilian biomes and their natural and anthropic landscapes.


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Baru productive chain - good, clean and fair

by Luana Campos, via ECOA

Typical Cerrado chestnut, the baru (Dipteryx alata) has been gaining more and more space inside and outside the country with high added value. This is because, in addition to the great taste and its proven health benefits, the fruit of baruzeiro has a strong socio-environmental component.

1st Baru Fair Trade and Solidarity Workshop at the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair, Brasília, DF. Photo: ©Cajuí Communication Collection

The subject was addressed in “1st Baru Chain Fair and Solidarity Workshop”, during the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People. Organized by Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on the Solidarity Economy (Copabase), the workshop was funded by the Cerrado Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and support from ECOA, Rede Cerrado, International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), among other institutions.

In the Cerrado, baru extractivism has promoted income generation, autonomy and the recovery of the self-esteem of extractive family farmers. A virtuous process that helps to settle families and young people in the countryside, contributing directly to the conservation of the biome.

For the extractivist and director of Cerrado Production, Research and Training Center (Ceppec)Rosana Sampaio, “communities are for two reasons working with baru: one is the main one, the conservation of these species, this way of life, the preservation of the place where we live. Because we want to leave our children a balanced environment, and we fight for it. And the other is that we need to foster to stay there, we need to generate income ”.

Read the full article on site from ECOA!

Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor Project

The Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project: filling social and environmental gaps, which was executed by ECOA and was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), was closed this year 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 proposal to optimize the forest restoration process started in 2016 in three rural settlements; will improve Cerrado fruit collection management, like 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 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 a raccoon or a mangrove dog and a tuiiu. 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 were produced 100 seedlings of baru, 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 later this year.


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Field research seeks to value the ways of life of traditional peoples and communities of the Cerrado

by Bruno Santiago, Communication Advisor of the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado

Between September and October 2019, the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado visits Traditional Communities and Peoples of the Mirador-Tables Corridor, located in the states of Maranhão, Piauí and Tocantins. The reason for roaming is the realization of field research from the project ''Network articulation and social participation for the conservation of the Cerrado' ', which is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), with the coordination of the ActionAid Brasil.

Jonathan and Jorge, Gamella children from Vão do Vico Indigenous Territory, Santa Filomena, Piauí. In the photo are looking at a monocle with old photos of family members. Photo: ©Andressa Zumpano / ActionAid Collection

Focusing on valuing the lifestyles of Traditional Peoples and Communities and in strengthening the actions of social participation and fight for territorial rights of these groups, the research seeks to support the campaign, its member organizations and populations living in the Brazilian savannah.

Given the adverse socio-environmental conjuncture experienced by the peoples of the earth, forests and waters in any biome of our country, such research becomes even more relevant. That's what explains Gerardo Cerdas Vega, Policy and Program analyst at ActionAid Brazil. "We live in a time when the Cerrado Peoples face widespread violence against their territorial rights and lifestyles, which puts their survival at risk," he emphasizes.

Seu Didi, Melancias territory. Riacho dos Cavalos Community. Gilbués, Piaui. This place was his old house, which today is surrounded by the Dawn Farm. He came in to show us what the community looked like before the houses were destroyed. Photo: ©Andressa Zumpano / ActionAid Collection

From the identification of practices, knowledge and technologies of the visited communities, the research intends to show the relation of the action of these populations with the protection of agrobiodiversity of the territories. '' Any strategy for the defense and conservation of the biome must contemplate the permanence of these guardians. Undoubtedly, their contribution is significant and the research intends to present these benefits, 'says Gerardo.

Another thematic axis of the research is the guarantee of rights tofrom spaces of social participation. The project aims to detect the relevant institutional spaces for community advocacy actions, covering topics such as food and nutrition sovereignty, rural education and social inclusion policies.

In addition to institutional participation spaces, the research will also look at community spaces of organization. '' We note that in the national context spaces for social participation are not always accessible or democratic, especially for traditional peoples and communities. Thus, the project also aims to guarantee subsidies so that communities and peoples can organize and fight for their rights to participate, '' says Vega.

Riozinho, Chupé Community. Santa Filomena, Piaui. Community residents report pesticide contamination in Rio during the winter. That is when the farms use it and with the rains, everything goes down to the rivers of the Communities. Photo: ©Andressa Zumpano / ActionAid Collection

Cerrado Conflicts

One of the communities that received the Campaign field research team was Brejo do Miguel, in the municipality of Gilbués, south of the state of Piauí, a traditional riparian riverine territory. Last week the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) published public note denouncing the invasion of land grabbers in an area of grass in the stump and loose animals that has been used for about three generations by the community. The fence that had been built by the families of the region was destroyed by seven jagunços with the use of chainsaws.

Unfortunately this kind of conflict is not new to Cerrado and in the Brazilian field. According to CPT data, 118,080 families were involved in land conflicts in 2018, a period that also records that this type of occurrence increased by 3.9% compared to 2017, from 1,431 occurrences to 1,489.

In this context of conflicts, threats and challenges for the resisting close populations, the project's field research & #8220; Network articulation and social participation for the conservation of the Cerrado '' Its objective is to contribute with the availability of information, report and booklet with the fruits of these experiences and learning in the territories.


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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!


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Projects in the Cerrado received CEPF visit this September

Project Research Team & #8220; Preventing the Merganser Extinction & #8221; meeting with CEPF team in the area of occurrence of the species, in the Chapada dos Veadeiros region, Goiás, Brazil.

This September, some projects that are supported by CEPF Cerrado and are nearing completion, were visited by CEPF director and grant manager Peggy Poncelet and Deborah Miller and the Regional Implementation Team.

Some projects visited were & #8220; Avoiding the extinction of the Merganser & #8221; and #8220; Saving the Panalto Roller & #8221;, respectively performed by Amada Terra Institute and SAVE Brasil, which work to protect species of critically endangered birds and that occur in unique and fragile ecosystems in the Cerrado. The actions aimed at the Brazilian Merganser aim to prevent its extinction in the Chapada dos Veadeiros (GO) region, in order to evaluate its habitat and dispersal habits. In relation to the plateau dove species, the objective of the project is to promote the long-term conservation of the Cerrado in the area where the species was rediscovered.

The registration of new individuals of the species, the production of knowledge about the areas where they occur and the involvement of society.

SAVE Brasil, CEPF and IEB team visiting the area of occurrence of the plateau dove, Botumirim region, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Photo: CEPF Collection

conservation actions are some of the results achieved so far by these projects in their respective areas and regions.

Another project that was visited by our team was & #8220; Use of geoprocessing in the management of the Kalunga-SHPCK Historic Site and Cultural Heritage & #8221;, which is performed by itself Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK) and aims to implement the improvement and consolidation of the environmental management of the territory, through mapping and use of technology to ensure the improvement in the quality of life of all residents of the territory. Kalunga territory and future generations. * Located in the north / northeast of Goiás, the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site (SHPCK) has an area of 262 thousand hectares, and comprises the municipalities of Cavalcante, Teresina de Goiás and Monte Alegre where more than two thousand families live, reaching almost Ten thousand people. Kalunga is the largest remaining quilombo community in Brazil, organized into more than 20 communities and 42 locations. So far, this project has trained young Kalunga to handle geoprocessing-related technologies, acquired equipment that helps manage much of the territory, provided greater visibility to AQK's work, fostered new partnerships and generated unprecedented environmental data. and social aspects of the territory.

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

During the visit there was also the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People, event promoted by Cerrado Network, which is supported by CEPF Cerrado to execute the project #8220; Fortified Network, Conserved Cerrado & #8221;. On occasion, some partner institutions of CEPF Cerrado 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. Check out our communication channels for more information about partners and about executed projects with support from CEPF Cerrado!


* Text taken from the site http://quilombokalunga.org.br/info-visitantes/

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Critically endangered Cerrado miner tree engages researchers and society for conservation

The faveiro-by wilson, whose scientific name is Dimorphandra wilsonii Rizzinifamily legumes (Fabaceae), it's kind threatened “Critically Endangered” category. She is endemic of central Minas Gerais, in the transition from Cerrado to the Atlantic forest, ie it does not exist anywhere else in the world. Being so rare, the faveiro-de-Wilson is protected by Decree Law 43904/2004 of Minas Gerais. Wilson's faveiro came close to extinction due to the destruction of the region's forests, mainly in the last 60 years. So far just over 300 trees have been found in the wild, and most of them are isolated in the middle of pastures, where they have great difficulty reproducing. Wilson's faveiro trees can also be found in capoeiras and woods, both in the lowlands and on the slopes and tops of the hill *.

© Fernando Fernandes / SAFZB-BH Collection

The project & #8220; Handling and Protection of the Wilson's faveiro & #8221; is executed by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanical Foundation and receives support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The project started in November 2017 and already has several ongoing actions, including meetings, training and visits to areas of occurrence of the species, working in an extension of 5,215 km², where are the 18 municipalities of faveiro occurrence. & #8220; The implementation of the project in the region has provided, in addition to increasing knowledge, an increased degree of environmental awareness and greater engagement in protecting the environment among local people & #8221; reports Fernando Fernandes, researcher and project leader. In December 2018, Fernando was selected as a finalist for the General Nature Award, instituted by the state government through the Minas Gerais Environmental Policy Council (COPAM) and has received a tribute to its work for the conservation of the environment.

© SAFZB-BH Collection

In December of the last year, 3,000 seeds of the species were sown in the Belo Horizonte Botanical Garden (MG) and in the trees tree nursery, in the municipality of Florestal (MG), aiming at the production of seedlings for the reintroduction of faveiro in their areas of occurrence.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanic Foundation Friends Society's work with the faveiro-de-wilson species!


* Text taken from the website of the Society of Friends of the Zoo-Botanical Foundation of Belo Horizonte.

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Guide & #8220; Seeds, Seedlings & Restoration in Southeastern Goiás & #8221; available on CEPF Cerrado website

Already available here on CEPF Cerrado website the guide & #8220;Seeds, seedlings and restoration in southeastern Goiás & #8221; by Helder Consolaro, Monique Alves, Maxmiller Ferreira and Daniel Vieira.

This guide is the result of the technical and financial cooperation of the Federal University of Goiás, Catalan Regional, Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Serra do Facão Energia SA (Sefac) and National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL), enabled by the Research and Technological Development Program. Energy Sector (ANEEL-R & D), based on the project entitled “Development of methodology and technique for the implementation of Permanent Preservation Areas through direct seeding restoration: Research to reduce costs and improve the ecological potential of APPs plantations”.

The guide consists of information on seeds and seedlings of 40 species of Cerrado that can be used for the restoration of native vegetation via direct sowing or for the production and planting of seedlings. For each species, the authors provided morphological characteristics to assist their identification in the field and ecological and practical information for the use of species in ecological restoration.

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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:


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Instituto Oca Brasil launches public notice for RPPNs Management Plans in a project supported by CEPF Cerrado

The project Creation and Integrated Implementation of Federal Private Reserves in the Chapada dos Veadeiros Region, which is performed by Oca Brazil Institute and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), visa the promotion of new Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN) and the implementation of RPPNs around the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.

The project launches the public notice for hiring legal entities of service providers in Management Plan, according to the reference term. Interested parties should submit their proposals by 6 pm August 25, 2019. For more details on the selection process, see the reference term or the page of Oca Brazil Institute.


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Grande Sertão Veredas National Park turns 30 years old

by Renata Andrade Peña via WWF-Brasil

The landscape is spectacular: it comes when you least expect it. The water is abundant: they are paths out of sight, surrounding every corner you look at. Hundreds of endangered species survive, including the jaguar, the giant anteater and the maned wolf. All this rich biodiversity has been protected since April 12, 1989, when 84,000 hectares formed the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park in Minas Gerais. Today, the Park is 30 years old and the Cerrado thanks.

“It was very important that this Conservation Unit was created in a region of expansion of the agricultural frontier, with intense occupation of agribusiness. This protected area is very important for the Cerrado biodiversity and also for water resources. There the river Carinhanha is born. When it flows into the São Francisco River, old Chico increases its volume by 20%, ”explains Kolbe Soares, Conservation Analyst at WWF-Brazil.

Elson Barbosa dos Santos, guide in the Park, highlights the importance of the Cerrado's water resources and medicinal species, which are protected. & #8220; Below the park region is the Urucuia aquifer, very important for maintaining the region's rivers like Carinhana, Itaguari and so on. Thanks to the Park are also protected various medicinal species of the Sertão & #8221 ;.

Author: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

In 2004, the Grande Sertão Veredas Park was expanded to over 230,000 hectares, extending to the municipalities of Chapada Gaúcha, Formoso and Arinos in Minas Gerais and Cocos, Bahia. Thus, it is currently one of the largest parks in the Cerrado, ensuring, in addition to protecting hundreds of species of fauna and flora, the development of scientific research, environmental education, contact with nature, regional development on a sustainable basis and the preservation of traditional peoples, indigenous communities, their knowledge and culture.

The existence of this protected area is also an opportunity for sustainable development. "There is a huge potential for increasing ecotourism in the region for its beauty, the possibility of seeing the preserved Cerrado and also because of the culture of the people of the region and literature" says Kolbe Soares. “In the region, the Great Sertão Veredas Peoples Meeting is held annually in July. It is very important to conserve this cultural and social wealth ”, adds Soares.

& #8220; It is a great pleasure to talk about this UC because it is about the richness of biodiversity and also the history of the communities that still keep the cultural traditions of the people of the Sertão & #8221;

The Park was named after one of the most important Brazilian literary works, the novel “Grande Sertão: Veredas”, written in 1956 by João Guimarães Rosa. In the book, the Minas Gerais writer portrays with extreme sensitivity the regional reality. Guimarães Rosa is really right: “This is what this is about: you push back, but suddenly he comes around you again. Sertão is when least expected. ”

WWF-Brasil and the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park

Grande Sertão Veredas National Park is located in the north / northwest of Minas Gerais and southwest Bahia, covering an area of 231,668 hectares. Since 2010, WWF-Brasil has been developing the Sertões Project in the region, focusing on improving the management of protected areas, enhancing agro-extractive production chains with good agricultural practices. Most recently they supported the Park and Mosaic in partnership with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

The work is carried out in partnership with the agro-extractive cooperatives and community associations of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, as well as other social and environmental non-governmental organizations and government agencies, such as the 12 prefectures of the region, as well as the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio ) and Minas Gerais State Forest Institute.

Last year, the construction of a cerrado and backyard fruit processing unit in the Peruaçu Center and the creation of the Peruaçu Valley Family and Agro-Extractors Cooperative were one of the most important actions. In addition, support was provided for the implementation of the Rural Environmental Registry in the region, which resulted in the registration of approximately 10,000 properties. Another highlight was the study of the effectiveness analysis of 69 state protected areas in Minas Gerais.

WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which aims to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

See the article in site from WWF-Brasil!

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The municipality of Chapada Gaucha, Minas Gerais, ICMBio, Funatura, the Rosa and Sertão Institute and partners organize a three-day program - from April 11 to 13 & #8211; to celebrate the birthday. There will be various activities with the local community and visitors such as planting seedlings, hiking trails, video viewing and discussions.


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The 2nd National Protected Areas Mosaic Workshop is held in Brasilia

Today began in Brasilia the II National Workshop on Protected Area Mosaics, which continues until June 13 gathering some representatives of the recognized mosaics in the country. There are currently 25 recognized mosaics in Brazil, 16 at the federal level and 9 at the state level. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado), with the support of International Institute of Education of Brazil It provides resources for conservation projects in the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic region, which is located in the northern region of Minas Gerais.

The II National Workshop on Protected Area Mosaics aims to contribute to the exchange, conceptual discussions, legal basis and proposing guidelines that aim to expand the advances of territorial management tools for protected areas, at conservation and in the promotion of dsustainable developmentIt also outlines strategies for joint action by the public authorities, civil society and the third sector. The event is organized by Protected Area Mosaic Network (REMAP), which aims to unite the efforts of individuals and public, private and collective organizations to strengthen nature conservation initiatives and the promotion of human well-being and quality of life in and around protected territories. The meeting also has the support of the International Institute of Education of Brazil (LEB) / CEPF Cerrado, WWF-Brazil, Victoria Amazonia Foundation (FVA), WCS-Brazil, Institute, Society, Population and Society (ISPN); Pro-Natura Foundation (FUNATURA), Biotropic Institute, Conservation International (CI), SOS Atlantic Forest, Imaflora, Terra-Mar Project and Brazilian Biosphere Reserve Network, among others.

II National Workshop on Protected Area Mosaics. Photo: Claudia Sachetto / IEB Collection

THE programming This first day was focused on the panels, which involved topics such as overview of Mosaics and Biosphere Reserves, use of natural resources, integrated protection and social opportunities. Starting tomorrow, the meeting will continue with some panel discussions, working in biome-themed groups and in plenary sessions.

More information on the websites of WWF-Brazil and Imaflora!

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II National Workshop on Protected Area Mosaics

When: From June 11th to 13th, from 8am

Where: LBV ParlaMundi Building, Brasilia

How much: Free access


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How important is the Cerrado for global biodiversity?

Cerrado It is the largest hotspot in the Western Hemisphere, covering over 2 million km² in Brazil and smaller parts (around 1%) of Bolivia and Paraguay. The Cerrado biome is the second largest biome in South America, covering an area of 2,039,386 km², 24% of Brazil.

 

 

Recognized as a hot spot global biodiversity, the Cerrado stands out for its abundance of endemic species, housing approximately 12,070 cataloged native plant species, of which 34,9% (4,208) are endemic¹. The Cerrado contains 13.4% of all plant species in the neotropical region and 1.5% of all plant species in the world. The great diversity of habitats results in remarkable transitions between different vegetation types. A total of 251 species of mammals live in the Cerrado, along with rich avifauna, which comprises 856 species. The diversity of fish (800 species), reptiles (262 species) and amphibians (204 species) is also high. For these reasons, in biological terms, the Cerrado is considered one of the richest tropical savanna regions in the world².

Mauritia flexuosa, buriti / © Bento Viana. ISPN Collection

In addition to its environmental specificities, the Cerrado It also has great social importance. Many people depend on the natural resources that the biome offers to survive with quality of life, including indigenous groups, quilombolas, generators, riverine and babaçu coconut breakers, which are part of Brazil's historical and cultural heritage and share traditional knowledge of biodiversity. More than 220 species are known for medicinal use and many native fruits are regularly consumed by locals and sold in urban centers such as pequi (Caryocar brasiliense Cambess.), Buriti (Mauritania flexuosa Lf), mangaba (Hancornia speciosa Gomes), Cagaita (Eugenia dysenterica (Mart.) DC.), Bacupari (Salacia crassifolia (Mart. Ex Schult.) G.Don), araticum (Annona crassiflora Mart.) And baru (Dipteryx alata Vogel).

However, numerous species of plants and animals are threatened or at risk of extinction. It is estimated that 20% of native and endemic species are not protected by any of the legal protected areas and at least 339 species of animals that occur in the Cerrado are threatened with extinction, according to official lists. After the Atlantic Forest, the Cerrado is the Brazilian biome that suffered the most from human occupation. It is this combination of conditions, high biodiversity and high degree of threat from habitat loss that has made these two biomes a priority for investment in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services.

Despite the threats, knowledge about the biodiversity Cerrado has evolved significantly in the last decade. However, many gaps that still exist suggest the need for greater investments in inventories and studies for different biological groups³. Research shows that between 1998 and 2008, 1,300 new vertebrate species were described by scientists in Brazil4. Of these, 347 vertebrate species were found in Cerrado sites, 222 new fish species, 40 amphibians, 57 reptiles and 27 mammals. These revealing numbers reinforce the colossal biological relevance of the Cerrado.

Merganser / © Marcelo Ismar Santana. Amada Terra Institute Collection

With these data we have no doubt about the biological importance from the Cerrado. The size of this hotspot, the complexity of its environmental heterogeneity, the high levels of species endemism and the imminent threats pose a major challenge regarding the conservation of its biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as the promotion of more sustainable development in the region. , including inhabitants living in close contact with nature.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership FundIt has been working since 2000 to ensure the participation and contribution of civil society in the conservation of some of the world's biologically rich but currently threatened ecosystems. The goal is to promote conservation in high priority biological areas and on a landscape scale. In 2013, the the CEPF Donor Council selected the Cerrado as one of the priority hotspots Priorities for conservation promotion investments between 2016 and 2021. To ensure that the CEPF strategy has a significant impact on biodiversity conservation in the hotspot, some investments focus on certain priority species and regions. In this sense, CEPF Cerrado works with a specific support line for the protection of threatened species in the hotspot, where six priority species among the 1,593 considered vulnerable or irreplaceable species were selected for investments. Learn about the species and projects that work to support their protection and conservation in the Cerrado:

Class Family Species Project
Magnoliopside Cactaceae Uebelmannia buiningii Ecology and recovery of Uebelmannia buiningiiJurumi Institute
Magnoliopside Fabaceae Dimorphandra wilsonii (wilson's faveiro) Handling and protection of wilson's faveiro – Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanic Foundation
Birds Columbidae Columbina cyanopis (Plateau Roller) Saving the plateau roller and its unique habitat in the CerradoSAVE Brasil
Birds Thraupidae Sporophila maximiliani (pointed) Reintroduction of bicudo in key areas for the conservation of the CerradoAriramba Institute
Birds Anatidae Mergus octosetaceus (Merganser) Avoiding the Merganser Extinction Amada Terra Institute
Amphibia Hylidae Phyllomedusa / Pithecopus ayeaye Conservation of Pithecopus ayeaye, related species and their ecosystemsAraguaia Institute

 

Columbina cyanopis, Plateau Roller / © Ciro Albano. SAVE Brazil Collection

For the Cerrado, these six species which are highly threatened globally and have a National Action Plan (PAN), or are part of a regional, have been prioritized for CEPF investments. Through coordination with the National Action Plan Support Groups (GAPANs), priority actions established in the NAPs related to these priority species were identified. CEPF funding has also sought to support the implementation of these actions, especially those related to habitat management and protection. CEPF Cerrado's main objective is to improve the conservation status of these species.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund CEPF Cerrado it's the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) work to contribute to the protection of these species and the conservation of the Cerrado by supporting projects in different regions of the biome. This support provides incentives for expansion and creation of protected areas, protection of endangered species, support for restoration and environmental monitoring, among others. The goal is to promote conservation in high priority biological areas and on a landscape scale. From this perspective, CEPF identifies and supports a regional approach, involving a wide range of public and private institutions to address conservation needs through coordinated efforts. CEPF is a joint program of the French Agency for Development, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Fund (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World Bank to provide funding for the protection of unique and endangered ecosystems - known. also as priority hotspots of biodiversity.

Learn more about our actions in the Cerrado in http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/lista-projetos/!


Text taken from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. 2017. Ecosystem profile: Cerrado biodiversity hotspot. Org. Sawyer, D. et al., Brasilia, DF: Supernova.

References:

ORFORZZA, RC et al. New Brazilian floristic list highlights conservation challenges. Bioscience, Oxford, v. 62, p. 39-45, 2012.

²MITTERMEIER, RA et al. Hotspots revisited: Earth's biologically richest and most endangered terrestrial ecoregions. Washington, DC: Cemex, 2004.

³ SON-SON, J. et al. Evolution of knowledge and conservation of the Brazilian Cerrado. In: DINIZ, IR et al. (Org.). Cerrado: quantitative scientific knowledge as a subsidy for conservation actions. Brasilia: Thesaurus, 2010. p. 13-31.

4CAVALCANTI, RB et al. Thick. In: SCARANO, FR et al. (Org.). Brazilian biomes: portraits of a plural country. Rio de Janeiro: House of the Word; CI, 2012. p. 56-91.

 

WWF-Brasil will promote course for creation of conservation and conflict management units of Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic

WWF-Brasil under the project Strengthening of integral territorial management in the specially protected areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic will promote the course & #8220; Creation of conservation and conflict management units in the protected areas of the Sertão-Veredas Peruaçu Mosaic & #8221;, between the days May 21st and 24th (2019) at the SESC de Januária, Minas Gerais. The workload will be 24 hours.

The project that is executed by WWF-Brazil and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic.

The programming includes conceptual aspects of the conservation units, lectures on land use conflicts in the Mosaic and a technical visit to the Salustrian Ecological and Cultural Urban Municipal Park, in São João das Missões (MG).

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What is an RPPN? Private Reserve of Natural Heritage

by Yuri Salmona, Instituto Cerrados

Protecting ecosystems is a task for everyone, not just the state. Rural Owners play an important role in this task, because before being an agricultural producer they are unconditionally natural resource managers. I say this because the farmer depends on climate, soil nutrients, pollination, availability and water quality among many other ecosystem services. So protecting the natural environments that protect these services must be natural to the landowner, and some, more involved and aware of these issues, protect areas beyond their legal reserves, they create Private Natural Heritage Reserves, RPPNs.

These reserves are Sustainable Use Conservation Units, where the owner himself takes the initiative to protect a particular area of his property so that tourism, research, education and conservation can be done. These areas are exempt from Rural Territorial Tax (ITR) and are state-sponsored, being priorities in actions supported by the Chico Mendes Conservation Institute (ICMBio). In addition, owners have numerous opportunities to monetize these areas, with different activities, ranging from eco-tourism, research support, gastronomy and the Rural Environmental Credit (CRA), all these and other points will be covered in other posts.

The Cerrado It has over 251 RPPNs, totaling more than 170,000 hectares and this is equivalent to 24% of the country's RPPNs. The Cerrados Institute invests efforts in the creation of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN) and actions to promote the Sustainable Use of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) since 2009, having already created 7 Reserves in the project Pyrenees Mountain Protection Mosaic, supported by the Barriguda and Headwaters Stream Association of Rio das Almas (ACBCR) and sponsored by Nature and Culture International (NCI).

To know the project go to cerrados.org. You can also create your own Reserve and we can help you! Contact us through our website!

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Workshop on production and marketing of agro-extractive products from the Cerrado

The project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaicwhich is performed by WWF-Brazil and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic.

In order to underline the importance of sustainable extraction of sociobiodiversity Cerrado, a traditional practice already widespread in the biome and one of the main alternatives to maintain “Cerrado standing”, WWF-Brazil in partnership with the Society, Population and Nature Institute (ISPN), Central Cooperative of the Cerrado, with support from CEPF Cerrado and International Institute of Education of Brazil, will hold the Cerrado Socio-Biodiversity Products Production and Marketing Workshop.

THE workshop aims to identify and give visibility to the contributions of different approaches to the development of Cerrado productive chains, in order to overcome challenges and articulate with the public authorities, besides starting a process of reflection, knowledge exchange and learning in the aspects related to “Production and Marketing” of agro-extractive products. The workshop will also be a space for organizing discussion forums for integration with the programming of the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People.

 

Contacts:

kolbesantos@wwf.org.br

luis@centraldocerrado.org.br

rodrigo@ispn.org.br


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Elected new directive coordination of Cerrado Network

On May 7th and 8th, entities of the Cerrado Network were gathered in Brasilia to carry out the VIII General Assembly, which elected a new directive coordination, which will take over the work until 2021.

The Interstate Movement of Coconut Babassu Breakers (MIQCB), representing Maria do Socorro Teixeira Lima, follows the general coordination of Rede Cerrado, with the substitution of Hiparidi Top & #8217; shooting, which represents the Mobilization of Cerrado Indigenous Peoples (MOPIC), and in the financial administrative coordination are the representatives of FUNATURE and MUPAN. O Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) It is among the entities that will make up the collegiate coordination, which assists the directive coordination.

VII General Assembly of the Cerrado Network

In addition to the election, the Assembly also aimed to evaluate the performance of Rede Cerrado in 2018 and to plan activities for this year, such as the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair.

See the full article on site from the Cerrado Network.

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The network runs the project Fortified Network, Cerrado Preserves (REFORCE), which aims to broaden the political impact of the Cerrado Network in the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of public policies related to the promotion of sustainable development with respect to the rights of family farmers, peoples and traditional communities. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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The fruits of the Cerrado available in São Paulo

By Renata Andrada Peña via WWF-Brasil

From now on, cassava flour, sesame, monkey pepper, indaiá coconut flour and two varieties of pestle rice are now part of the set of products regularly offered in the biomes box, opened in 2016 at the Pinheiros Municipal Market, in Sao Paulo. They combine with baru nuts, saffron, jatoba flour, honey, jabuticaba jelly and pequi, among others. Cerrado delights also available for sale in the state capital.

The news has just been released by Kalunga families (Brazil's largest Quilombola territory, located in Goiás, in the Chapada dos Veadeiros region), The Atá Institute and the Cerrado Central, with the support of WWF-Brazil, the Banco do Brasil Foundation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). All new products are the result of cultivation and agro-extractivism in the Cerrado and are part of the gastronomic culture of traditional quilombola peoples.

The products are marketed by Cerrado Central, a nonprofit cooperative center established in Brasilia and composed of 35 community organizations from seven Brazilian states (MA, TO, PA, MG, MS, MT and GO) that develop productive activities based on the sustainable use of the biome's biodiversity. The Cerrado has the potential to harness more than 200 different kinds of native plants, according to research from the University of Brasilia (UnB).

Buriti

According to Luis Carraza, coordinator of the Cerrado Central, this partnership with WWF-Brasil was very important and served to strengthen and expand the production and marketing of native Cerrado products. “Through this support, specific work has been done with our affiliated organizations to prioritize some of the Cerrado fruit production chains such as pequi, baru and jatobá, in order to guarantee production stocks that can supply the consumer market. which is increasing considerably each year, ”says Carraza.

In addition to promoting the dissemination and insertion of sustainable use products in local markets, regional and international & #8211; export of pequi to Japan, chestnut from baru to the United States and handicrafts of Golden grass for France & #8211; Cerrado Central is also a center for the dissemination of information, exchange and technical support for communities in improving their production, organizational and management processes.

WWF-Brazil has been supporting the Cerrado Central since 2018 with actions focused on sustainable plant extractivism of the fruits of the biome and in structuring and strengthening the productive chains of native fruits. This project is supported by WWF-France, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and the Humanize Institute.

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Anyone who wants to be surprised by the delights of the Cerrado should visit the box biomes:
Pedro Cristi Street, 89
Pinheiros Municipal Market
Box of Biomes (BOX 28)
Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm

 

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New population of plateau dove was discovered in Cerrado

original text by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins / BirdLife International

In February 2019, the staff of SAVE Brasil (Representative of BirdLife in Brazil) began to hear exciting reports from members of the communities surrounding the Botumirim State Park in the state of Minas Gerais.

The community reported sighting of Columbina cyanopis (Critically Endangered), a species popularly known as a plateau, outside where the bird used to be found. The SAVE Brasil team was both excited and skeptical. One of the rarest birds in the world, the plateau roller was considered extinct for 75 years, before 14 individuals were seen in the wild in 2015. A new population, even small, would mean increased genetic diversity, and would also point to the possibility of more undiscovered individuals in nature.

On March 14, 2019, a team went looking for the birds. The birds were seen within the limits of the Botumirim State Park, about 5 kilometers from where the known population currently lives. The team searched the birds over five independent transects, playing call recordings to attract the birds.

After 45 minutes, the team search was rewarded. They spotted a pair of plateau doves while a nearby male sang. For the next three hours, the team spotted a fourth bird in the area. The sighting of the four new individuals represented a 26% increase over the previously known population.

Highland Roller. Photo: Ciro Albano / SAVE Brazil Collection

& #8220; Those working in nature conservation are generally very hardy, but it is difficult to look for rare species such as the plateau dove in a habitat that looks perfect for him and not find him there & #8221; says Marcelo Lisita, assistant After a year of looking at different locations without finding new individuals, it was with great excitement that we saw these few in a new area. ”

THE discovery of plateau dove was significant beyond its importance for the bird population. Since the discovery of the original population in 2015, SAVE Brasil has been working closely with neighboring communities to raise awareness about the bird. In early 2018, SAVE opened the reserve for visitors where birds are found. Since then, they have been working to try to ensure that communities benefit from ecotourism. Having a community member reporting a sighting shows that these outreach efforts are successful.

Despite the new population, the outlook for the plateau roller is still unclear, so SAVE is doing everything possible to increase the chance of survival of the species. In January 2018, with the support of Rainforest trust, the organization was able to buy a small plot of land where the bird was originally found, forming the Rolinha do Planalto Nature Reserve. Reserve visits are strictly controlled and need to be scheduled in advance through SAVE. On July 6 of the same year, the local government established approximately 36,000 hectares of protected land, creating Botumirim State Park, which overlaps the SAVE reserve and expands the total protected area.

Recent research on the turtledove has given us reason to be hopeful. So far, eight nests were found, although only one puppy ran away. With the discovery of the new population, the team also renewed its efforts to look for other places where the plateau can be found. Out of the four individuals reported by community members, they have had no luck, but they are not losing hope. There are still many places to visit.

THE SAVE Brasil execute the project Saving the plateau roller and its unique habitat in the Cerrado with support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand 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.

 

 

1st Meeting of Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor COMDEMAS

The project Union of Pro-Cerrado COMDEMAS, which is run by Neotropic Foundation of Brazil and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Its objective is to strengthen the Municipal Environment Councils (COMDEMAs) to support local decisions that contribute to the conservation of the Cerrado and to the achievement of global biodiversity conservation goals.

In order to empower the council on conservation issues in order to propose public policies aimed at the protection and conservation of the Cerrado, the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil will promote the 1st Meeting of Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor COMDEMAS, in day May 13, 2019 Starting at 8:30 am Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul. For more information, please contact the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil!


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.

 

 

Timbira People Articulation for PNGATI implementation

via Indigenist Work Center

In partnership with Wyty Catë Association of Timbira Maranhão and Tocantins Communities, The Indian Work Center has just started the project “Timbira People Articulation for PNGATI implementation”, Which aims to foster the implementation of the National Policy for Environmental and Territorial Management of Indigenous Lands (PNGATI) in the Cerrado, through the consolidation of a Timbira indigenous network. This network aims to reinforce the role of these peoples and their territories as important areas for conservation of natural resources and associated socio-biodiversity. The project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

Timbira Ritual / CTI Collection

In February, CTI began planning with the Wyty Cate Association, consolidating the calendar of activities for 2019. The first field activity has already been held at the Kanela and Pigs Indigenous Lands, with productive dialogues on the environmental and territorial management of those territories, on the political articulation of indigenous organizations and on the formation of young Timbira, which will soon take place within the scope of the project. The next rounds of meetings across the Timbira territories are scheduled to take place in the IT villages Kraholândia, Krikati, Governor, Apinajé and Geralda Toco Preto.

Look full story on the website of Indian Work Center!


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Project Team & #8220; Avoiding the Merganser Extinction & #8221; records species in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás

by Gislaine Disconzi, Instituto Amada Terra

Rio Preto, Goiás. Photo: IAT Collection

The project Avoiding the Merganser Extinction in the Veadeiros Corridor & #8211; High Landing & #8211; Kalunga, which is performed by Amada Terra Institute, and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), made a field expedition this April in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás, where he spotted EIGHT INDIVIDUALS of the species (Mergos octosetaceus).

The project has carried out a series of river embarkations, seeking to improve information on the presence of Merganser in the region. The species is considered one of the most threatened Americas and was declared the Ambassador of Brazilian Continental Waters. On April 2 and 3, a team of five people, three canoeing professionals, the project's technical field coordinator and the public use coordinator of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, traveled approximately 40 km from the Rio Preto looking for individuals of the species. This is the first of several actions to be undertaken within a protection strategy within the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, located in the state of Goiás.

Team on expedition to Rio Preto. Photo: IAT Collection

Team on the field: Wellinton from France Lima; Carlos Alexandre Xavier; Guilherme Predebon (Embedded Field Consultant); Fernando H. Previdente (Field Coordinator) and André Ribeiro (PNCV Public Use Coordinator).

See more news about the expedition at site ICMBio in the Planet connection and in social networks!

Watch the video which records the presence of the Brazilian Merganser during the team's expedition to Rio Preto!


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.

 

 

Jurumi Institute opens opportunity in project supported by IEB and CEPF Cerrado

The project #8216; Ecology and recovery of Uebelmannia buiningii Donald (Cactaceae), which is performed by Jurumi Institute and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), aims to propose a recovery plan for Uebelmannia buiningii, endemic cactus from the Serra Negra region in the Espinhaço Range (Minas Gerais). This plan will be based on robust ecological studies that will allow us to understand the impact of anthropic and natural disturbance on the species and to identify the most critical stages of life history to understand the long-term viability of the population.

Across Reference term, The Jurumi Institute opens opportunity to hire professional / company service to generate ecological subsidies for the recovery of populations of Uebelmannia buiningii.

The activities will be developed in March 2019 to October 2020 and interested parties should send resume via email to contato@institutojurumi.org.br until 23 hours on 03/05/2019.

For more information, contact the Jurumi Institute.


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.

 

 

People's Land Films the Plateau Roller

Columbina cyanopis (Plateau Roller). Photo: © SAVE Brasil

 

THE highland roller (Columbina cyanopis) is one of birds more rare in the world and was missing for almost a century until a small population was rediscovered in May 2015 in Minas Gerais. Due to its rarity, the species was listed in the Probably Extinct category, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment. According to the BirdLife / IUCN list the species is considered Critically Threatened (CR). The rediscovery of the plateau roller was one of the most important ornithological finds of the last decades, having great international repercussion. Now the challenge is to develop conservation actions that ensure the protection of the population found and the habitat where they live *.

Since May 2015, when Rafael Bessa rediscovered the species, the SAVE Brasil has been working to measure how many individuals there are in nature and where they are. After intense searches, Botumirim, a small municipality in the north of Minas Gerais, was pointed out as the only locality with records of the species so far. It was clear that this population needed protection, so a nature reserve was created, a private property of 593 hectares *.

The project “Saving the plateau roller and its unique habitat”, which is supported by CEPF Cerrado and is executed by SAVE Brasil, has as its main objective to promote the long-term conservation of the Cerrado in the plateau roller rediscovery area, with special attention to the protection of this critically endangered species.

The Terra da Gente program, which portrays Brazilian biodiversity in various corners of the country, went to the city of Botumirim (MG), near the Espinhaço Mountain Range, to register this rare animal. Check out the full article and the video at the site!

* Adapted from text provided by SAVE Brasil.


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.

 

 

Debate on economic instruments and ecological identity for Forest Code implementation

 

In August Strategic Conservation (CSF-Brazil), O Forest Code Observatory (OCF) it's the Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (Funbio) promoted the & #8220; Debate on economic instruments and ecological identity for the implementation of the Forest Code & #8221;. The event takes place under the project & #8220; Implementation of Environmental Reserve Quotas (CRA) in Maranhão and opportunities in Tocantis and Bahia & #8221;, which is supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The debate was held in Brasilia on August 7, where it brought together government, research, civil society and rural producers representatives to discuss possible ways to advance the implementation of Forest Code provisions, such as economic incentives, Legal Reserve compensation. (RL) and the requirement of ecological identity for compensation.

This project is carried out by CSF-Brasil itself and aims to analyze the economic viability and environmental gains of a possible implementation of the Environmental Reserve Quota Maranhão State, in addition to investigating the opportunities for implementation of CRAs in the states of Tocantins and Bahia, through engagement in political articulation actions, data collection (land prices, agricultural profits, legal reserve deficits, native vegetation cover). and location of priority conservation areas) and economic analysis.

The full news about the event you can check out at site CSF-Brasil, as well as more information on the Environmental Reserve Quota.


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.

 

 

 

Cerrado Biosphere Reserve gains more territories

IEB Collection

 

Created by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) In 1972, Biosphere Reserves, spread across 110 countries today, are supported by the program & #8220; Man and the Biosphere & #8221; (MAB) of UNESCO, developed with the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and international development agencies. It is the main instrument of the MAB Program and is part of a worldwide network of areas for Cooperative Research, Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage and the Promotion of Sustainable Development Desenvolvimento.

THE World Biosphere Reserve Network It is comprised of 631 Biosphere Reserves located in 119 countries, including 14 transboundary / transcontinental sites. In Brazil we can highlight the following Biosphere Reserves²:

These reserves play the role of promoting the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and disseminating scientific, traditional and cultural knowledge in their regions.

THE Cerrado Biosphere Reserve, until then, had three definite phases that are located in regions of the Federal District and the states of Goiás, Tocantins, Maranhão and Piauí. The declaration of Phase I of the Reserve covers the territory of the Federal District and dates from 1994, and the declaration of Phase I of October 2000. The approval of Phase III in September 2001 supported the formation of the Biosphere Reserve Council.

According to the press office of the  Ministry of Environment (MMA), the revision of the Cerrado Biosphere Reserve (RB) was approved on Monday (17), in Brasilia (DF). The new design prioritized the Cerrado connectivity with the Caatinga, Mata Atlântica and Pantanal biomes and covers about 74 million hectares, which includes the states of Bahia, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Paraná and São Paulo, which join the Federal District, Goiás, Piauí, Tocantins and Maranhão, which already made up RB. The document will be forwarded for UNESCO evaluation. More information on site from MMA.

This action is part of project & #8220;Technical support and participatory process development for the formulation of the proposal to expand the Cerrado Biosphere Reserve & #8221;, which aims to discuss with the main actors a process of redefining boundaries for the Cerrado Biosphere Reserve, based on the definition of criteria and concepts focusing on the geospatial issue, in order to compose a technical document to be submitted to UNESCO. . The project is executed by Greentec Environmental Technology and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

 

Ministry of the Environment (2018). Commission approves limits of Cerrado Biosphere Reserve. Available at: http://www.mma.gov.br/informma/item/15103-comisso-aprova-limites-da-reserva-da-biosfera-do-cerrado.html 

²UNESCO (2017). Biosphere Reserves in Brazil. Available at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/brasilia/natural-sciences/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity/


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.

 

 

Political Strategies for the Cerrado were launched in Brasilia on 09/04

Méle Dornelas / ISPN Collection

 

The document #8220; Political Strategies for the Cerrado & #8221; was the result of a process of collective construction of various civil society organizations, such as Center of Life Institute (ICV), International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), Institute of Environmental Research of the Amazon (IPAM), Institute Society, Population and Nature (ISPN), Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA), Cerrado Network and WWF-Brazil . The symbolic delivery of the document was made by the Executive Secretary of Rede Cerrado, Kátia Favilla, at the event. “Development Forever - Environmental Commitment of 2018 Election Candidates” organized by the Parliamentary Environmentalist Front.

The document brings together 27 recommendations in defense of the Cerrado and its traditional peoples and communities, which were based on the results of interinstitutional consultations, including the National Strategy Cerrado Seminar Chamber of Deputies and a workshop, which was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado). At this time, in addition to the performing organizations, 13 other civil society and academia organizations collaborated with the process.

Read the full story and access the full document at site gives Cerrado Network.

 

Act of delivery of the document Political Strategies for the Cerrado. Méle Dornelas / ISPN Collection
Act of delivery of the document Political Strategies for the Cerrado. Méle Dornelas / ISPN Collection
Act of delivery of the document Political Strategies for the Cerrado. Méle Dornelas / ISPN Collection

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Mamede Institute and WWF-Brazil promote training in ecotourism with MS communities

 

Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB

 

* Community-Based Ecotourism is an action that contributes to raising family income and conserving natural resources.

It can be another source of family income, conserve natural resources, and delight people about caring for the land and nature are the goals of a project that Mamede Institute and WWF-Brazil develop today with the Canaã Settlement, in Rock that is 80 km far from the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul. Settlers are learning that simple living and caring for nature generate interest from tourists seeking rural experiences. In the settlement there are several natural and cultural attractions, with the possibility of the tourist to visit the fields; monitor the production of dairy cattle; visit the Santo Antonio Hill - where believers make pilgrimages and devotions; various water sources; natural environments with Cerrado vegetation, gallery forests and seasonal forests, and abundant wildlife. Typical foods, garden produce and family farms are also offered, as well as breads, milk and cheese.

For all of this to work, however, the community needs to be well prepared and organized, so the importance of residents' training and engagement courses.

And it is this kind of initiative & #8211; organize the community to offer community ecotourism services & #8211; that Instituto Mamede is doing in partnership with WWF-Brasil, through the project “Sustainable Municipalities protecting the cradle of Cerrado waters and the headwaters of the Pantanal” supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

Don Eaton's WWF-Brazil explained that “the project, Sustainable Municipalities, seeks to promote economic alternatives that are environmentally sustainable for rural communities, contributing to income generation, strengthening the local economy and maintaining essential environmental services for production areas, rural communities and regional biodiversity. "

Continuous work

The work with Community-Based Ecotourism in the Canaan Settlement The participation of 23 community members has been built through a dialogue process since 2017, culminating in the first training module in July this year, based on Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte, located in the municipality of Corguinho (130 km from Campo Grande), Mato Grosso do Sul. There, the training has been developed since 2015 and, this year, the second module took place in February with the participation of 43 people.

Simone Mamede and Maristela Benites from Mamede Institute, have the partnership of several institutions such as the State University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UEMS), the Graduate Program in Environment and Regional Development of UNIDERP and Mato Grosso do Sul Tourism Foundation - FUNDTUR-MS. Thus, experience and responsibilities are shared in order to inspire and ensure the construction of more sustainable territories that perceive local-based tourism as an alternative for better land use and biodiversity conservation. In addition to encouraging research and extension on this topic and investment in training and structuring tourism in the state, they said.

Participatory methodologies such as open space, spoken map, participatory diagnosis, lecture and field practices have been used to conduct the training. The courses are divided into three modules: I) Planning and Sustainability; II) Environmental Education and Script Formatting and; III) Entrepreneurship and Marketing.

According to Simone Mamede of the Mamede Institute, “the activity has been conducted with great care and dedication. All monitors have undergone training and the application of the modules has been evaluated and monitored. Dialogue, perception and follow-up by both community members and other actors are frequent and enriching actions, which have added a lot in the formation process. Protagonism, empowerment, belonging, participation and social identity are the structuring themes that underlie the actions and each training module ”.

As a result of Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte It has already received some groups of tourists and has realized the importance of expanding the range of activities with the tourism potential. In this sense, the women, which represented more than 50% of the people who attended the last training, has mobilized to create a non-governmental organization that represents the community's women's core.

This second semester will include the installation of community-based Ecotourism interpretation and signage boards and by 2019 new workshops on specific topics are also planned.

“Community-based ecotourism has proven to be not only an income alternative for these communities, but a way of transforming people and recognizing the beauty and simplicity of everyday life. A learning about the culture of peace, living and living, a continuous and collective construction for sustainability ”, concluded Mamede.

* Text provided by WWF-Brasil and Instituto Mamede

Furnas Quilombola Community of Good Luck, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Don Eaton / WWF Brazil
Furnas Quilombola Community of Good Luck, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Instituto Mamede
Furnas Quilombola Community of Good Luck, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Instituto Mamede
Furnas Quilombola Community of Good Luck, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Don Eaton / WWF Brazil
Furnas Quilombola Community of Good Luck, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Instituto Mamede
Furnas Quilombola Community of Good Luck, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Instituto Mamede
Settlement Canaan, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Mamede Institute
Settlement Canaan, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Mamede Institute
Canaan Settlement, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Don Eaton / WWF Brasil
Canaan Settlement, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Don Eaton / WWF Brasil
Canaan Settlement, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Don Eaton / WWF Brasil
Settlement Canaan, Mato Grosso do Sul. © Mamede Institute

 


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Endemic tree of Cerrado miner engages society in favor of conservation

New specimen of Wilson's faveiro found during a field visit of the project in Minas Gerais.

The faveiro-by wilson, whose scientific name is Dimorphandra wilsonii Rizzinifamily legumes (Fabaceae), it's kind threatened “Critically Endangered” category. She is endemic from the central region of Minas Gerais, in the transition from the Cerrado to the Atlantic Forest, that is, it does not exist anywhere else in the world. Being so rare, the faveiro-de-Wilson is protected by Decree Law 43904/2004 of Minas Gerais. Wilson's faveiro has come close to extinction due to the destruction of the region's forests, especially in the last 60 years. So far just over 300 trees have been found in the wild, and most of them are isolated in the middle of pastures, where they have great difficulty reproducing. Wilson's faveiro trees can also be found in capoeiras and woods, both in the lowlands and on the slopes and tops of the hill *. (* Text taken from the website of the Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanic Foundation)

The project & #8220; Handling and Protection of the Wilson's faveiro & #8221; is executed by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanical Foundation and receives support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The project started in November 2017 and already has several ongoing actions, including meetings, training and visits to areas of occurrence of the species, working in an extension of 5,215 km², where are the 18 municipalities of faveiro occurrence. & #8220; Project execution in the region has provided, in addition to increasing knowledge, increased environmental awareness and greater engagement in protecting the environment among local people & #8221; reports Fernando Fernades, researcher and project leader. In the last visits for data collection, five new specimens of the species were discovered.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanic Foundation Friends Society's work with the faveiro-de-wilson species!

 


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Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic is expanded and becomes one of the largest in the Cerrado

 

 

Peruaçu River, Januaria, MG. Photo: ©André Dib

 

 

The Sertão Veredas – Peruaçu Mosaic (MSVP) is a set of protected areas located on the left bank of the Sao Francisco River, between the north and northwest regions of Minas Gerais and part of southwestern Bahia. With an approximate area of 1.8 million hectares and 1,210 km perimeter, the Mosaic involves environmental conservation units, traditional communities and the Xakriabá Indigenous Land. In Minas Gerais, the Mosaic encompasses areas of the municipalities of Formoso, Arinos, Chapada Gaucha, Urucuia, Canon Sea, Januaria, Itacarambi, Bonito Minas, St. John of Missions, Miravania and Manga. Crossed by the Carinhanha River, the territory extends to part of the municipality of Cocos, Bahia. The territory is part of the region of Gerais, immortalized by João Guimarães Rosa in works such as “Grande Sertão: Veredas”, “Sagarana” and “Manuelzão e Miguilim”. The environmental diversity of the region, which houses endemic species of the Cerrado fauna and flora, coexists with the cultural richness of the traditional sertanejo, riverine, gerizeiro and ebb people*.

The Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic expanded from 1.8 million hectares to over 3 million hectares. The inclusion of ten conservation units in the Mosaic, which will now be part of the 15 existing UCs, totaling 25 protected areas, occurred last Thursday (05), three months after the proposal was submitted to the Technical Chamber. Management of MSVP units, where WWF-Brasil is part of the coordination. The MSVP Advisory Council unanimously approved the request for the extension of the mosaic. This is a big step for the planning and execution of joint actions in the prevention of deforestation and greater performance of conservation actions in one of the largest remnants of the Cerrado. See the full article on site from WWF-Brasil!

In order to integrate and strengthen the management of specially protected areas of the MSVP, WWF-Brasil and partners execute the project. & #8220; Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic & #8221; with support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

* Text taken from the Mosaic Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu website.


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.

 

 

Avoiding the Merganser Extinction in Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás, Brazil

The project “Avoiding the extinction of the Brazilian Merganser in the Veadeiros-Pouso Alto-Kalunga corridor” Its activities started in January 2018, in the city of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, located in the Chapada dos Veadeiros region. The project aims to carry out monitoring and research activities of the Merganser, public awareness actions and training on the current conservation status of the species. The project lasts for two years and is funded by the & #8220; Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund ”- (CEPF)with the support of International Institute of Education of Brazil (IIEB). The project is executed by Amada Land Institute of Social Inclusion (IAT)Its basic team is composed by the General Coordinator: Gislaine Disconzi, Field Coordinator: Fernando Previdente, Educommunication Coordinator: Maria Beatriz Maury and Financial Coordinator: Paulo Henrique Golçalves.

Why take care of the Merganser?

With a small population and living in a restricted environment, the Merganser is a rare bird that is critically endangered. Its occurrence is currently only in Brazil. It has already disappeared in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina and also in Argentina and Paraguay. Its presence indicates a good state of conservation of the environment, being a species restricted to environments of rapids, waterfalls and backwaters of clean and crystalline waters.

Some results of the project and its partnerships

Brazilian Merganser Launched as Brazil's Water Ambassador

On March 20th of this year, in the World Water Forum, in Brasilia, the Merganser received from the Ministry of the Environment the title of Ambassador of Brazilian Waters.

AMADA TERRA INSTITUTE TEAM WAS AT THE 8TH WORLD WATER FORUM: Gislaine Disconzi, Project Coordinator, Maria Beatriz Maury, Educommunication Coordinator, along with Ricardo Soavinsky, ICMBIO President, Rita Surrage de Medeiros, Pato Mergulhão PAN Coordinator CEMAVE, Prof. Sávio Bruno Freire, from UFF, Luís Fábio da Silveira, from USP, Paulo Zuquim Antas, from Funatura, Reinaldo Lourival, Nature and International Culture, Fabiane Sebaio, from Cervivo and Sônia Rigueira from Instituto Terra Brasilis. Celebrating the well deserved choice of the Brazilian Merganser for the title of Brazilian Water Ambassador. Photo: © IAT

Sighting of individuals on field expeditions

Since the beginning of the project, trainings, river embarkations and expeditions of reconnaissance of areas of the species registration have been carried out, aiming to locate individuals for future marking, ringing and placement of radios and GPS. In two of these expeditions, a couple and an individual have already been sighted. In Chapada dos Veadeiros, it is estimated that there are about 50 to 60 individuals, which makes these sightings a spectacular result, in a short period of time.

Individual located on the project expedition Avoiding the extinction of the Merganser in Chapada dos Veadeiros. Photo: © IAT

Chapada Television Show

In June, TV Record aired a documentary series about Chapada dos Veadeiros, dedicating an episode to the Merganser. To this end, he accompanied the Project team on one of their expeditions. This is a very positive result, which helps in the conservation of the species.

Record Series

https://noticias.r7.com/jornal-da-record/videos/pesquisadores-tentam-preservar-especies-da-chapada-dos-veadeiros-07062018

To know more

Project Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pato.mergulhao.7

Project Photos

https://www.facebook.com/pato.mergulhao.7/photos?lst=100002529835047%3A100026683758830%3A1530830913&source_ref=pb_friends_tl

 

* Text provided by Maria Beatriz Maury, Coordinator of Educommunication, Instituto Amada Terra

 

 

Campaign Offsets Cerrado

In June the company launched Campaign Offsets Cerrado for a new model of forest clearing aiming at the recovery and conservation of Cerrado.

The Federal District There is a rule that obliges everyone who clears Cerrado areas for urbanization to compensate for the impacts they have caused. THE legislation regulating compensation, however, is old (Decree 14783, 1993) and its implementation throughout 25 years demonstrated that in order for it to meet its goal, it needs to be updated. *
A group of experts, representatives of government, civil society and the productive sector, within the Cerrado Alliance, worked for two years to formulate a new compensation rule for the DF, which could at the same time bring more benefits and less financial costs. The proposal, which was also reviewed by the Environment Council & #8211; CONAM, is waiting Federal District Government approval.*

For more campaign information visit the official page!

* Text by Cerrado Compensation · Campaign for the signing of the new DF Forest Compensation Decree

 

 

Do you know the plateau dove?

THE highland roller (Columbina cyanopis) is one of birds more rare in the world and was missing for almost a century until a small population was rediscovered in May 2015 in Minas Gerais. Due to its rarity, the species was listed in the Probably Extinct category, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment. According to the BirdLife / IUCN list the species is considered Critically Threatened (CR). The rediscovery of the plateau roller was one of the most important ornithological finds of the last decades, having great international repercussion. Now the challenge is to develop conservation actions that ensure the protection of the population found and the habitat where they live *.

Since May 2015, when Rafael Bessa rediscovered the species, the SAVE Brasil has been working to measure how many individuals there are in nature and where they are. After intense searches, Botumirim, a small municipality in the north of Minas Gerais, was named as the only place with records of the species so far. It was clear that this population needed protection, so a nature reserve was created, a private property of 593 hectares. THE Reserve turtledoveplateau, which in the future will be a Private Natural Heritage Reserve, protects the only known population of the species *.

The project #8220; Saving the Plateau Roller and its Unique Habitat & #8221;, which is supported by CEPF Cerrado and executed by SAVE Brasil, has as its main objective to promote long-term conservation of the Cerrado in the plateau reddiscovery area, with special attention to the protection of this species, which is critically endangered. extinction.

Meet more about plateau dovetail, its vocalization, behavior and habitat on the SAVE Brasil and help us to keep it is critically endangered species!

* Adapted from text provided by SAVE Brasil.

 

 

 

Project promotes conservation actions of the faveiro-de-Wilson

The wilson's faveiro has been studied, monitored and protected since 2003 by the faveiro-de-wilson Conservation Program. Currently, the native population is reduced to less than 300 adult individuals in the wild, largely due to habitat destruction. The project Handling and protection of the Wilson's faveiro (Dimorphanda wilsonii), performed by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoobotany Foundation, aims to increase the protection of this species and its habitat through the implementation of actions of its National Action Plan (PAN), working on conservation and awareness through community engagement.
The 2nd Wilson's Faveiro Encounter was held last May, in the City Hall of Maravilhas-MG. At the time, 20 rural owners who have the species in their properties were gathered and other collaborators that help in its search and conservation. Fernando Fernandes, project leader, gave a presentation about faveiro and the research and conservation work that the Society has been doing in the region.
See more in the video below:

Integrated management and network strengthening were themes of the Cerrado and Caatinga Protected Areas Mosaic Meeting

It took place last week in Januária (Minas Gerais), between the 10th and 11th of May, the first Cerrado and Caatinga Protected Area Mosaic Meeting. This meeting was organized by WWF-Brazil, Pro-Nature Foundation (FUNATURA), Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), State Forest Institute (IEF-MG), Protected Areas Mosaic Network and Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic and was attended by the groups of the Capybara-Confusions Mosaics, High Jequitinhonha-Serra do Cabral, Jalapão, Eastern Amazon, Veadeiros (still in proposal), Southern Espinhaço (still in proposal) and representatives of various institutions. The event took place under the project “Strengthening integral territorial management in the specially protected areas of the Sertão-Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic”, executed by WWF-Brasil and with the support of CEPF Cerrado, which aims to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic.

This was the first opportunity to bring together the Cerrado and Caatinga Mosaics to introduce themselves and discuss various actions of integrated management, project execution, communication actions and activities that are taking place in the different mosaics. At the time, proposals were also presented for the creation of Veadeiros Mosaic and Southern Spine Mosaic received a letter of support from the meeting participants, and the next venue for the event was Jalapão Mosaic, which was recently established. THE Protected Area Mosaic Network (REMAP) It also had a space for presentation, reinforcing the importance of acting in networks to strengthen integrated management and policies. On the second day, a technical visit to the Peruaçu Caves National Park, which provided participants with contact with biodiversity, caves and rock art and archaeological sites of the Peruaçu region. Visitors were guided by the park's environmental drivers, who are part of the local community and were trained and accredited by ICMBio.

More information about the meeting also at site from WWF-Brasil.

 

Mosaic Meeting in Januária, Minas Gerais.
Reception for visitors at Cavernas do Peruaçu National Park, MG.
Rock painting in Cavernas do Peruaçu National Park, MG.
Participants of the event in Januária, MG .. Photo: Felipe Spina / WWF-Brasil

 

 

 

 

Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic Project holds meetings of the Working Groups in Januária (MG)

Continuing the activities of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic Project, the meetings of the Working Groups are debated in Januária (MG), which are discussing the themes that are central to the revision of the Conservation Based Territorial Development Plan & #8211; DTBC and the elaboration of the Socio-Environmental Mosaic Zoning.

From 03 to 06/04 the members of the Working Groups of the Mosaic Waters, Private Initiative, Agroecology and Extractivism, Integrated Management of Conservation Units and Tourism met. The meeting was held at the premises of the Federal University of Montes Claros - UNIMONTES, on the campus of Januária (MG).

In this opportunity, the participants of the groups representing the various sectors operating in the area covered by the Mosaic, could evolve in their proposals for the elaboration of the CBD Plan and the contribution to the Socio-Environmental Zoning. The methodology of working with maps of the region has been the main tool for the debate with the traditional, indigenous and quilombola communities of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic.

 

Text by Fernando Lima

 

Waters of Mosaic Working Groups, Private Initiative, Agroecology and Extractivism, Integrated Management of Conservation Units and Tourism. Photo: Paulo Henrique / Funatura
Presentation by Cesar Victor do Espírito Santo, Superintendent of Funatura. Photo: Paulo Henrique / Funatura

 

 

SEMA Bahia launches publication of good agricultural practices for the Cerrado

The State Secretariat of the Environment (SEMA) of the state of Bahia launched the publication & #8220; How to Grow Food by Planting Forests - Stories of People, Forests, and Gardens fruit of the Cerrado Project, which takes place in partnership between the State Government, the Ministry of the Environment and the World Bank, operating in 11 municipalities in western Bahia.

The publication presents examples of Cerrado farmers who have changed their relationship with the ways of producing, showing that it is possible to grow food in collaboration with nature, using agroecological practices and agroforestry systems, without the use of pesticides, with green manure, a consortium between species, use of creole seeds and native plants, consistent with nature's cycles. The objective is to socialize information among farmers, territorial agents, technicians of Technical Assistance and Rural Extension (ATER), teachers and public servants of the municipalities of Western Bahia contemplated by the Cerrado Program.

More information on site from SEMA.

 

 

 

The return of wildlife in a restored area on the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor

ECOA's technical team (Ecology and Action) along with seated monitors have been monitoring a reforested area of 22 ha, which had the process of restoration started in 2016. In these visits, they identified areas with great potential for natural regeneration, where springs are gradually recovering with the aid of reforestation vegetation. In addition to the restoration process of ecosystem services, ECOA's technical team has been recording the constant return of wildlife in the region. In the area the presence of the tapir (Tapirus terrestris)hand-naked (Procyon cancrivorus) and tuíiús (Jabiru mycteria).

Records of the presence of tuíiús and hand-naked in the area undergoing regeneration. © ECOA
Tapir footprint in the area. © ECOA

ECOA performs project activities “Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor: filling social and environmental gaps”In regions of the municipalities of Nioaque and Miranda (MS). The project is supported by CEPF Cerrado and aims to assist in the revegetation and conservation of the biome, by strengthening non-timber extraction in the communities and settlements of the Miranda corridor - Bodoquena.

 

Naked Footprints (Procyon cancrivorus) registered by project supported by CEPF Cerrado

Footprints naked hand, or also popularly known as raccoon or mangrove dog, were recorded by the team of ECOA NGO during technical travel. Scientific director Rafael Morais made the record in an area that is undergoing a process of recomposing the native vegetation of Cerrado, in the Boa Esperança settlement region (Mato Grosso do Sul). According to the note released by the team, the animal is rare in plant suppression region. See the full news at site ECOA.

ECOA's activities are being supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado)through the project Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor & #8221;, which aims to assist in the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado, through the strengthening of non - timber extraction in communities and settlements of the Miranda - Bodoquena corridor, Mato Grosso do Sul.

Learn more about the projects supported by CEPF Cerrado in this link!

 

Naked / Raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus) footprints recorded by Ong ECOA staff. Photo taken from ECOA's website (© Rafael Morais).

 

 

Project & #8220; Restoration of Fields and Savannas in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park ”is awarded at an international conference on restoration

Project Team & #8220; Field and Savannah Restoration in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park & #8221; receiving the award at the 7th World Conference of the International Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). (Photo courtesy of the team)

The project “Restoration of Fields and Savannas in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park (PNCV)” was awarded as the best restoration project presented at the VII World Conference of the International Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), held between August and September 2017. The project, coordinated by ICMBio, competed with 14 other projects, having been among the three finalists. This project was started in 2010 in order to eradicate invasive species and restore degraded areas in the Park. In 2012, analyst Alexandre Bonesso Sampaio (CECAT / ICMBio) in partnership with other servants, proposed to expand the scale of restoration experiments, including the Cerrado herbaceous-shrub species. The technique tested was the direct seeding of native species, much inspired by the method of restoration of forests around the Xingu National Park. This project has already received funding from the Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection and the Cerrado Seed Network, and has the support of researchers from Embrapa, such as Daniel Mascia Vieira and José Felipe Ribeiro, and UnB, Isabel Belloni Schmidt and Sarah. Caldas, in addition to having the support of the community surrounding the PNCV. The project has always sought to generate knowledge and improve low cost and high efficiency restoration techniques to restore Cerrado savannah and grassland formations, involving local communities at all stages. In 2016, everyone involved in the project came together to guide innovative action in the Park. The objective was to carry out forest replacement via direct sowing of native plants, promoting on a large scale the first restoration of savannah and grassland formations of the Cerrado. The plantations of this replacement were carried out in 2015 and 2016, where it was possible to restore 94 ha.

The ecological restoration of savannahs and fields of the Cerrado is a challenge that is still poorly studied and applied. Nevertheless, the practices developed in the PNCV, with replicas in REBIO Contagem (Brasília-DF) and Fazenda Entre-Rios (PAD-DF), indicate that it is possible to restore large scale savannah and grassland formations. This result was only achieved thanks to the active involvement of the surrounding PNCV community, especially in the production of native seeds and in the sowing and maintenance activities of the areas. Today there are more than 70 families of seed collectors organized by the Cerrado de Pé Association, which is the first to offer seeds of herbaceous-shrub species in the Cerrado. Currently the collectors of Chapada dos Veadeiros offer seeds of 80 native species, including herbs, shrubs and trees. Since 2012, 105 ha have been restored from sowing about 25 tons of native plant seeds, moving R$ 170,000 to local communities.

adapted from text sent by Alexandre Bonesso Sampaio & #8211; Environmental Analyst CECAT / ICMBio

A future for the Cerrado

Rio dos Couros, Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás / Aryanne Amaral

The main frontier where agriculture has advanced since the 1960s, the Cerrado has little chance of continuing to exist in the coming decades without emergency action to expand its protected areas and lead to the large-scale adoption of less environmentally harmful production practices.

Consolidating already protected areas is critical, including that only 7.7% of the Cerrado is currently effectively protected by the government, and only 2.8% of these areas are fully protected. The last conservation unit created in the biome was Chapada Ecological Station of Nova Roma, this year (2017), by the state government of Goiás. New international goals sponsored by Brazil recommend the conservation of at least 17% of each biome by 2020.

Meanwhile, projections show that soybean acreage could jump from 21 to 30 million hectares in the next decade, always focusing on the "cheap land" of the Cerrado. And the targets are precisely the largest remnants of the Brazilian savannah, in Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia. In addition, domestic and global demand for meat grows along with the necessary socioeconomic improvements.

As agriculture and livestock are the main drivers of the destruction of the Cerrado, respecting legislation and improving production efficiency are indispensable attitudes. The integration of crops, livestock and planted forests, for example, would help to prevent openness and new areas and would be a sign that the country really wants to provide more sustainably produced items to globalized commodity markets. After all, anticipating potential trade barriers is always strategic. Also because more than 40% of grains, half of bran and one third of soybean oil produced in Brazil are exported. Seven out of ten countries in the world have purchased these items in the last decade.

Official estimates indicate that there are approximately 140 million degraded hectares in the country, mainly in the Cerrado and its transition to the Amazon. The area is twice the size of France. In most cases, it is land that has been cleared for crops and eventually abandoned due to low productivity. Then they turned pasture into herds until the soil became economically worthless due to the lack of proper management. Making this immensity of land again productive would help combat global warming, ease the pressure to clear native forests and serve commodity and food production.

Another concern is the changes in Brazilian forest legislation. The destruction of the Cerrado already weighs as much as that of the Amazon in national greenhouse gas emissions. And the biome may be one of the biggest detractors from the changes that backward sectors of ruralism have imposed on the Forest Code. In addition, the approval of PEC 504/2010, which seeks to include in the Federal Constitution the Cerrado and Caatinga as national heritage and PL 25/2015, which provides for the conservation and sustainable use of native biome vegetation, are actions urgent for the protection of the biome.

If the margin for deforestation is increased, the country's water tank will be seriously compromised. In the Cerrado there are waters that supply underground aquifers and the Amazon, Tocantins, North / Northeast Atlantic, São Francisco, East Atlantic and Paraná / Paraguay watersheds. The latter depends on the survival of the Pantanal, the largest floodplain on the planet. In addition to economic input, water that flows through rivers, streams and paths of unusual beauty feeds regional crops often founded on sustainable extractivism, an activity that perpetuates and values vegetation and other native resources through the hands of numerous and valued traditional peoples of the world. Thick.

Current degradation indices and developmental plans lacking environmental sustainability project a bright future for a biome that has already lost more than half of its native vegetation, and is not yet recognized as a national heritage by the Constitution, suffering unnecessarily from wildfires and burning. intense.

But with majestic resistance, the Cerrado still continues enchanting those who dare to know this shelter of life and unique landscapes in the world. Maintaining this unparalleled heritage is the challenge facing Brazil.

by Michael Becker & #8211; Coordinator of CEPF Cerrado Regional Implementation Strategy 

Decree regulates the first Ecological Station of the state of Goiás

The Secretariat of Environment of Goias state published the publication of the decree creating the first state ecological station. THE Chapada Ecological Station of Nova Roma It has approximately 6,000 hectares and is located in the municipality of the same name.

The conservation unit has a large biological importance Cerrado, as it houses springs and water bodies that contribute directly to the Parana RiverIt also hosts endemic species of flora and fauna. According to SECIMA, the surveys indicated the occurrence of critical species of fauna, such as the giant armadillo, maned wolf, jaguar, small bush cat and ocelot.

The area is located near the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, which contributes to the expansion of protected areas in the region and the formation of ecological corridors. The full report can be accessed at this link.

Chapada Nova Roma Ecological Station Area (GO), image taken from the SECIMA-GO website. Source: http://www.secima.go.gov.br/post/ver/223058/goias-cria-sua-primeira-estacao-ecologica

Research for conservation is theme of seminar at ICMBio

The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) will commemorate 10 years of the institution's existence, promoting the IX Research Seminar and IX Scientific Initiation Meeting, which will address the 10 years of conservation research learning. Held since 2009, ICMBio's Scientific Initiation Research Seminars and Meetings aim to promote the exchange of experiences among professionals who conduct or accompany and demand scientific research at the Chico Mendes Institute, as well as their integration with other areas of management. and knowledge.

The event will occur from September 12-14, 2017, in the auditorium of the Institute's headquarters, in Brasilia, and will feature lectures, conversation wheels, presentation of scientific papers and round tables. The full schedule is available at site of the Institute.

The event is open and registration is free. Join in!

Venue: ICMBio Headquarters Auditorium, EQSW 103/104, Administrative Complex, Underground, Southwest Sector, Brasília-DF

Registration: at the event venue