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Cerrado Private Reserves Project is extended due to success in Tocantins

by Thuanny Vieira, intern under supervision, via the State of Tocantins Government Secretariat for the Environment and Water Resources

The Cerrado Private Reserves Project promotes the conservation of natural resources by encouraging the creation, expansion and effective management of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPNs). The same is carried out by the Pro-Nature Foundation (Funatura), with resources from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF). Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and support from the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB).

The objective is to increase the number of properties registered as RPPN to guarantee the protection of natural resources and biodiversity that are increasingly threatened in the biome Cerrado, this being a voluntary act of interest of the owner in sustainable use.

The consultant Ricardo Haidar, responsible for Tocantins, reports that “the project had a good adherence in the central region of the State”, but “most of the properties do not have all the necessary documentation, land titles, preventing the creation of RPPNs”.

Photo: © Ricardo Haidar / Project Collection Private Cerrado Reserves

In Tocantins, four new RPPNs were registered through the project, two of them already included in the ICMBio and undergoing an inspection process, while the other two are in the process of documentation. A fifth property is being inspected and is expected to be approved soon. Outside the project there are still two properties that will become RPPNs, totaling seven new reserves in Tocantins, currently with ten and reaching seventeen.

SEMARH's fire conservation and preservation manager, Edilma Cavalcante, talks about the process of creating the RPPN on her property. "It was a simple procedure, I had no problems with the documentation because everything was well organized, but georeferencing is what most complicates the owners in the register," he said.

Its Serra do Carmo farm is located in Palmas and has about 14 hectares (ha), one third of which is closed forest. The entire forest became RPPN, totaling almost 5ha of conservation area. The manager says that preservation is necessary for the rare trees that the place has, such as Pau-Brasil. "My goal was to find a way to keep everything conserved even if the property is ever sold, the RPPN makes it possible for any future owner to protect what we have today."

Also according to the owner, "this area has not burned for 15 years, we have always been aware of this and we take all precautions for prevention in the area and in the neighboring properties".

Serra do Lajeado, Tocantins. Photo: © Ricardo Haidar / Project Collection Private Cerrado Reserves

The project coordinator, Laercio Machado de Sousa, explains that there are still many paradigms to be broken by the rural owners. “Some landowners think that with the creation of the RPPN they lose the land and it becomes the state's property, but that is not the case. The area remains private, he can sell or rent, as long as the new owner knows that that part that has become RPPN will be a perpetual legal reserve”.

“One of the benefits of RPPN is the exemption from ITR to the owner, in addition to financial resources for payments for environmental services from the State. There is also how to create an income with ecotourism, research and environmental education”, Says the coordinator.

Despite all its importance, today the biome has only 8% of its terrestrial surface protected by Conservation Units. With the increase of private reserves in this biome, not only fauna and flora will be more protected, but the benefits will be felt by the whole society, which depends on the ecosystem services produced by the Cerrado.

The The project will run until December and is open to new members. The landowner who wishes to register an RPPN can continue with his economic activities on the property and only allocate a piece of the area for conservation. It is necessary submit documents such as the Updated Registration, Rural Property Registration Certificate - CCIR, Land Title and Rural Territorial Tax - ITR, CAR and agree to lose the possibility of agricultural land use.

read the news on site of the Tocantis Environment and Water Resources Secretariat!

 

About Cerrado Private Reserves

The project started in September 2019 with the aim of increase the number of protected areas in the Cerradothus guaranteeing the maintenance of biodiversity and other natural resources. Among the objectives of the project are: the production of a list of owners interested in the creation of RPPNs and the elaboration of a script of meetings / seminars in the regions that have shown interest in participating in the project and implementing the processes of creation of the RPPNs. More information can be obtained on the website reservationsprivadasdocerrado.com.br, by email coordinacao@reservasprivadasdocerrado.com.br or through the Facebook / Instagram & #8211 networks; @reservasdocerrado.

Contacts:
Bárbara Ferragini - Communication Advisory
Telephone: +55 (18) 99144-8834


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.

 

Mosaico Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu has a new Territorial Development Plan with a Conservation Base

via FUNATURA, by Letícia Verdi, Journalist

After 10 years of joint efforts, the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic moves into a new phase of consolidation and expansion of conservation and sustainable use of biomes Cerrado and Caatinga. This is the new Mosaic Conservation-Based Territorial Development Plan (DTBC), the result of the commitment of managers of protected areas in the states of Bahia, Goiás and Minas Gerais, rural producers, extractivists, traditional communities and indigenous peoples, tourism operators and representatives of the government.

The Plan was approved at the last meeting of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic Council, in December 2019, in Januária (MG), a municipality that houses the Veredas do Peruaçu State Park. THE Funatura (Pro-Nature Foundation) was the executing and coordinating entity of the Plan Review and Update Project, which received financial support from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund), in addition to the support of the Mosaic Council, WWF Brazil and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB).

Holes go. Photo: © Funatura Collection

The document provides for a expansion of the coverage area of Mosaico Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu to 4 million hectares, comprising 36 conservation units and two Indigenous Lands. Currently, Mosaico has approximately 1.8 million hectares officially recognized. The investment for the next 12 years comes to around $ 20 million & #8211; until 2032, coinciding with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Besides the integrated management of protected areas, community-based tourism and plant extraction - actions already underway, the new Plan included sustainable agribusiness, strengthening agroecology, actions to protect water resources and recover degraded areas.

The Plan's main objective is to develop the region on a sustainable basis, making the existence of conservation units compatible with productive activities and valuing the region's traditional culture.

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT

Since 2010, with the original Plan, Mosaico Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu has been contributing to the effective management of the territory with strong consulting board, which has 50 members, half from the government and half from civil society.

Today, 11 conservation units with approved management plans. The ongoing actions support the organization of production chains in sectors of extraction, small and medium rural production and community-based tourism & #8211; vocation of the region, due to the natural beauty and rich country culture, immortalized in the work Grande Sertão: Veredas, by Guimarães Rosa. The development of these activities represented an increase in the family income of the Mosaic residents.

THE review and update of the DTBC Plan is a product of direct participation of communities, leaders and managers who work in the Mosaic. The document is a reference for the development of actions to be financed by public agencies, private initiative, third sector organizations and international organizations.

The actions foreseen in the new Plan are very detailed and innovate by pointing out the investment needs by area of activity. Its schedule of contributions and expected results even indicate the communities to be benefited and their role in the regional sustainability process.

The Plan also provides for the creation of a Socioenvironmental Fund for the Mosaic to be supplied with different sources of financing official, private, international development agencies and non-governmental organizations, as well as counterparts from the municipal, state and federal public authorities.
"Now, it remains to advance in agreements capable of reducing the environmental impacts, reversing already installed processes and ensuring the engagement of the communities in the search for sustainability for the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic", says the Executive Superintendent of Funatura, Cesar Victor do Espírito Santo.

WHAT IS

According to National System of Conservation Units (SNUC), the mosaics of protected areas are management and territorial planning instruments that aim to conserve biodiversity through integration between conservation units and other protected areas in a given territory.

ACCESS O Executive Summary it's the Conservation-based Territorial Development Plan at whole:


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.

 

Peruaçu: The Silent Scream of the Path

The project Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which is run by the Pró-Natureza Foundation and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), aims to promote the strengthening of the management of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic. O 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 like “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 *.

Peruaçu: The Silent Scream of the Path is a film that portrays the life of these sertanejos of the Peruaçu River basin region, north of Minas Gerais. The characters are typical & #8216; greener & #8217; who struggle to survive in the face of current water scarcity. It is a small snippet of the reality of the local population. The film's central couple, Dona Nelinda and Zé Torino, are a reference in terms of environmental preservation in the region. The film features the direction and script of Alexandre Jorge Padua and Paulo Henrique Sousa. Check out the movie teaser!

* Text taken from the Mosaic Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu website. Available in: http://mosaicosvp.com.br/o-mosaico/


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.

 

 

Opportunity: FUNATURA has an open selection process for individual consultancy in different functions.

The Pro-Nature Foundation & #8211; FUNATURA has an open process of Individual Consultant Selection (Request for Expression of Interest) for the following functions: 
a) One technician for the Administrative and Financial Management of the Sertão Veredas & #8211 Mosaic Project; Peruaçu, which is funded by Conservation International - CI through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & #8211; CEPF, as detailed in the FUNATURA / CEPF Terms of Reference No. 004/2017 (Deadline extended to 11/27/2017& #8211; MOSAICO SERTÃO VEREDAS - PERUAÇU PROJECT, published on the website www.funatura.org.br. See attachment.
b) A technician for the Coordination of the Plant Extractivism Theme of the Sertão Veredas & #8211 Mosaic Project; Peruaçu, which is funded by Conservation International - CI through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & #8211; CEPF, as detailed in the FUNATURA / CEPF Terms of Reference No. 005/2017 & #8211; MOSAICO SERTÃO VEREDAS - PERUAÇU PROJECT, published on the website www.funatura.org.br. See attachment.
c) A technician for the Coordination of the Community-Based Ecocultural Tourism Theme of the Sertão Veredas & #8211 Mosaic Project; Peruaçu, which is funded by Conservation International - CI through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & #8211; CEPF, as detailed in the FUNATURA / CEPF Terms of Reference No. 006/2017 & #8211; MOSAICO SERTÃO VEREDAS - PERUAÇU PROJECT, published on the website www.funatura.org.br. See attachment.
(d) a technician for the Elaboration of the Socio-Environmental Zoning of the Sertão Veredas Mosaic - Peruaçu referring to Sertão Veredas Mosaic Design & #8211; Peruaçu, which has financial support from Conservation International - CI through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & #8211; CEPF, as detailed in the FUNATURA / CEPF Terms of Reference Nº 007/2017 & #8211; MOSAICO SERTÃO VEREDAS - PERUAÇU PROJECT, published on the website www.funatura.org.br. See attachment.
e) A technician for the Elaboration of Thematic Maps to subsidize the Socio-Environmental Zoning of the Sertão Veredas Mosaic - Peruaç referring to Sertão Veredas Mosaic Design & #8211; Peruaçu, which has financial support from Conservation International - CI through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & #8211; CEPF, as detailed in the Terms of Reference FUNATURA / CEPF No. 008/2017 & #8211; MOSAICO SERTÃO VEREDAS - PERUAÇU PROJECT, published on the website www.funatura.org.br. See attachment.
To participate in the selection, applicants should email the detailed resume until 11:59 pm on 11/28/2017 for: funatura@funatura.org.br. More information on site of FUNATURA.
FUNCTION: +55 (61) 3274-5449