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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.

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.



Xavante Etenhiritipá Association starts project focused on governance and payment for environmental services

Photo: Aryanne Amaral / Acrevo IEB

On July 9, the CEO of the Xavante Etenhiritipá Association (AX), Jurandir Siridiwe and researcher Fernanda Viegas Reichardt met in São Paulo with the Regional Prosecutor of the Republic of the 3rd Region (4th CCR / MPF) and Manager of the Water Connection Project of the Federal Public Prosecution Service, Sandra Akemi Shimada Kishi.

The reason for this meeting was to initiate governance and initiate a formal dialogue with the Federal Public Prosecutor about the project's objectives & #8220; Payment for Environmental Services - PSA and the adoption of sustainable practices that contribute to the quality, quantity and flow of water from the Tocantins-Araguaia and Amazon (Xingu River Sub-basin) watersheds & #8221;.

At this meeting, the team discussed the possibility of expanding the project area, as suggested by Dr. Sandra, which would include regions known to the Xavante people as Sõrepré and Wedezé. Sõrepré is a territory considered as the “cradle of Xavante culture”, located to the north of the Pimentel Barbosa Indigenous Land (TI), which has not yet been homologated or demarcated as an Indigenous Land. There is a chance that this is an aquifer recharge area, but there is no data yet to prove it. Wedezé is the birthplace of many Xavantes that today inhabit the Etenhiritipá Village. It is adjacent territory TI Pimentel Barbosa, located on the right bank of the River of Deaths. Wedezé is currently occupied by rural properties ranging from 600 hectares to 25,000 hectares.

For Fernanda Reichardt, & #8220; this meeting was an initial but essential conversation to start the discussion of the creation of the action plan that will act in the governance and viability of the PSA in Xavante territory & #8221 ;.

Check out the CEO interview of Xavante Etenhiritipá Association (AX), Jurandir Siridiwe on the Nation Football program:

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.



The 1st Meeting of the Midwest Environmentalists took place in Brasilia



From August 22 to 23 (2018) the Hotel Nacional auditorium 1st Meeting of Midwestern Environmental Entities, promoted by National Network to Combat Wildlife Trafficking (RENCTAS), executed through the project & #8220; I FENACO - Forum of the Midwest Environmental Entities & #8221;, which is supported by International Institute of Education of Brazil It's from Partnership Fund for Christic Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado)

The event was attended by institutions representing the states of the Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás and the Federal District. The purpose of the forum is to enable, expand and strengthen the participation of organized civil society in the Midwest region in decision-making bodies of the government, especially in the CONAMA - National Environment Council.

At the occasion, states and biomes raised relevant topics related to Payment for Environmental Services, Wetlands, Solid Waste Management, Environmental Education, Restoration, Strengthening Environmental Councils, Management of Conservation Units, etc. Some of these topics will be brought to CONAMA in the form of resolutions, propositions, recommendations and / or motions.

Within the program of the event the group had the opportunity to follow the 130th CONAMA Plenary Meeting, promoted on August 23, where it was presented by Raulff Lima, Executive Coordinator of RENCTAS, the initiative of the Midwest Environmental Forum and its participating institutions. In the end, the entities were received by the Minister of the Environment, Edson Duarte, which was presented to the Forum and its constituent entities. On this occasion, the minister was told about some of the environmental problems that the entities are facing in their regions and areas of activity, as well as the purpose of this meeting and the forum.


1st meeting of the Midwest Environmental Forum. Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB
130th CONAMA Plenary meeting in the IBAMA auditorium. Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB
Entities of the Midwest Environmental Forum met with the Minister of Environment during CONAMA meeting. Photo: Aryanne Amaral / 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, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.




Union of Pro-Cerrado COMDEMAs


Yesterday (26), the Neotropic Foundation of Brazil began its activities of elaborating the Miranda Municipal Environment Council (MS) Action Plan.
On this occasion was invited to Dr. Livia Medeiros, specialist in caving, gave a lecture on Conservation of Underground Biodiversity and its relationship with the conservation of the Cerrado.
This is an action made possible by the project Pro-Cerrado COMDEMAs Union: Mobilizing Actors in the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor & #8221;, which is sponsored by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) with the support of the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB).

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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



Climate Forum will be held in DF between November 28 and 29

The Climate Forum that will happen here in Federal District from November 28 to 29, Águas Claras Auditorium at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, has the purpose of discussing, focusing on three strategic themes, the scenarios and alternatives for adaptation to climate change; the Federal District's greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation options; and climate governance.

The closing plenary meeting will read the proposal of the decree creating the forum, submitted for consultation by participants, and forwarded to the governor of Brasilia. This proposal deals with the creation of climate governance instances in the DF, the consolidation of the Forum as a permanent institution, and also proposes the installation of a scientific panel to support decision makers.

The vacancies are limited to 200 participants and the registrations should be carried out in site from SEMA-DF. THE full schedule is available on here.

The full article about the Forum can be accessed at site from SEMA / DF.

More information:

Email: comunicacaosema@gmail.com

Phone: (61) 3214 - 5611