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Neotrópica Foundation successfully advances in the conservation and sustainable use of the Cerrado

Partner of CEPF and IEB, NGO work strengthened the role of social actors through the Municipal Councils for the Environment in Mato Grosso do Sul

 

by Luana Luizy, Communication Officer, International Education Institute of Brazil

 

One of our partners is the Neotropic Foundation, an organization from Mato Grosso do Sul, which works with actions aimed at nature conservation, especially in the Cerrado and Pantanal biomes. With support from Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF, acronym in English) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), the foundation has been developing a successful project with Municipal Environment Councils (COMDEMAs) in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The project: Union of pro-Cerrado COMDEMAs, which aims to strengthen these councils, in order to subsidize decisions that contribute to the conservation of the Cerrado and the achievement of global biodiversity conservation goals.

Planning meeting of the COMDEMA Action Plan in the city of Bodoquena-MS. Source: Neotrópica Foundation

The project initially covered the municipalities: Anastácio, Bodoquena, Bonito, Dois Irmãos do Buriti, Guia Lopes da Laguna, Jardim, Miranda, Nioaque, Porto Murtinho, Rochedo and Terenos. According to Rodolfo Portela & #8211; executive superintendent of the Neotrópica Foundation & #8211; the success of the project was due “The union of COMDEMAs, which was not restricted to the predicted municipalities, but also in regions located outside the main biodiversity corridors of the state, which showed interest in being included in the project”, a fact that demonstrated the project's potential and wide reach.

Of the municipalities that participated in the project, most have their Active Environmental Councils, which demonstrates that there are spaces for debates on public policies and issues of conservation and management of the Cerrado in these locations. The project also verified, in these municipalities, the interest for the actors involved in advancing the creation of new Conservation units.

It is important to point out that the project promoted the training of about 205 social actors, 114 men and 91 women, which guaranteed the qualification of the directors in order to support decentralization and democratization of environmental management in search of gender parity. The creation of COMDEMAs Network it provided the interaction between the leaders, facilitating the exchange of information and experiences regarding good practices for councils and for the conservation of the Cerrado. Through COMDEMAs, work groups, technical chambers and environmental collectives emerged with the purpose of researching, studying and discussing important issues for the development of environmental actions in the municipalities.

Fieldwork. Photo: Collection Neotrópica do Brasil

Another highlight was the success in promoting the conservation and sustainable use of the Cerrado with the creation of three Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPNs), in the municipalities of Bonito, Guia Lopes da Laguna and Chapadão do Sul, conserving approximately 2,200 hectares of the biome in Mato Grosso do Sul; and also assistance in improving the management of the Marechal Cândido Mariano Rondon Biological Reserve, Miranda / MS, in order to implement good practices for the management of the UC.

Challenges

The Neótropica Foundation highlights the importance of conflict mediation as the main lesson learned, in order to reduce the turmoil and confusion frequently registered in meetings that discuss municipal environmental policies. Great challenges were faced by the team in the debates on proposals for structuring and updating municipal environmental laws and legislation relevant to COMDEMAs, in view of the uproar caused by the agribusiness sectors, causing moments of confusion and doubts in the councilors.

About the Neotropic Foundation

The Neotrópica do Brasil Foundation is an NGO created in 1993 aimed at conserving nature and improving people's quality of life. The organization works with projects aimed at creating and supporting the management of Conservation Units (public and private); recovery of degraded areas and adaptation of rural properties in the Cerrado, Atlantic Forest and Pantanal; scientific research on biodiversity and conservation, mobilization and sensitization of society to environmental issues; encouraging the development of public environmental policies; discussion and promotion of tourism as a promoter of environmental conservation.

For more information about the actions of the Neotrópica do Brasil Foundation, access the site.


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.

 

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.

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.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting promotes strengthening of Municipal Environmental Councils in Mato Grosso do Sul

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 to propose public policies for the protection and conservation of the Cerrado, Neotropic Foundation of Brazil in partnership with WWF-Brazil and Mamede Institute, will promote next Monday (13)at 8.30 am '1st Meeting of Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor COMDEMAS' at Sebrae, located on Cel. Pilad Rebua, 2480, in Bonito, MS. Interim Executive Superintendent of the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil, Rodolfo Portela Souza, reports that “the intention is to promote the strengthened and integrated action of the representatives of the Municipal Environment Councils of the municipalities inserted in the Miranda-Serra da Bodoquena Corridor; so that they can contribute to the fulfillment of global goals for the conservation of the Cerrado biome ”. During the event, Carlos Alexandre Silva, president of National Federation of Environment Councils (FECONDEMA), will give the lecture 'Importance of Environment Councils in Municipal Environmental Management - Environment Fund as a Resource for Effective Public Policies - Atlantic Forest Municipal Plan as a Guideline for Sustainability of Local Biomes'.

The project activities Union of Pro-Cerrado COMDEMAS started in 2018. Since then, 72 people have been mobilized by actions in the municipalities that are part of the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor and have an incidence on biomes Cerrado, Pantanal and Atlantic Forest in Mato Grosso do Sul. The first action organized by (COMDEMAS) was to make a diagnosis on the legal status of the councils in the municipalities covered by the project. Rodolfo Portela Souza reports that these surveys were conducted through the promotion of participatory methodologies, as well as the training of counselors, aiming to level the knowledge based on positive actions for the conservation and management of the Cerrado in the Project's region of operation. “The result is being positive. During this period we were able to train and strengthen the councils that were already active, revive some that were inactive and start the mobilization process for the creation of these councils in municipalities that do not have this collective ”, he explains.

See the full article on site of the Journal Now MS!

For more information, 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Neotropic Foundation of Brazil opens opportunity for vacancies in the Union project of COMDEMAs Pro-Cerrado

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

Through the notices 001/2018 FNB / CEPF and 002 / 2018FNB / CEPF The Neotropic Foundation of Brazil opens the opportunity for temporary hiring for a technician in the area of Geoprocessing and another technician in the area of Social Mobilization and Environmental Education. Check out the notices on link.

The period of submission of the requirements and proposals is 06/12/2018 The 02/01/2019, which should be sent by one of the following means:

A) In the email: neotropica@fundacaoneotropica.org.br

B) Conventional Mail (Sedex, with Receipt Notice at the following address: Rua Dois de Outubro, 165 & #8211; Bairro Recreio & #8211; Zip Code: 79.290-000 - Bonito & #8211; MS.

C) Delivery of physical documentation, until 12/21/2018, directly at the headquarters of the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil (Address: Rua Dois de Outubro, 165 & #8211; Bairro Recreio & #8211; ZIP Code: 79.290-000 - Bonito & #8211; MS).

Contact, questions and more information 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.