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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:

 

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Brazilian conservationist honored as & #8216; Hero of the Cerrado & #8211; Biodiversity Hotspot & #8217; by the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems

Damião M. Santos is being recognized for his achievements in the protection of species and ecosystems in the Cerrado

by Julie Shaw, via Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

 

In the week we celebrate the World Environment Day (05/06), the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) of hot spot biodiversity expert announces that Damião M. Santos and nine other conservationists from around the world have been named & #8220; Heroes of the Hotspots& #8220; for its efforts to protect places considered for their high biodiversity in the world. The honorees were chosen from among hundreds of civil society organizations that received donations from CEPF in the 10 priority hotspots global biodiversity where the fund currently operates and the announcement was made on the International Biodiversity Day, celebrated on May 22nd.

CEPF is recognizing these heroes as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. The fund trains non-governmental organizations, indigenous groups, universities and private companies to protect priority hotspots of biodiversity & #8211; the most diverse land regions in the world, but threatened & #8211; and help communities to prosper. O CEPF it does this through subsidies and technical support for conservation, organizational strengthening and sustainable development.

Damião (right) and colleagues studying the implementation of tourist activities on the Paranã River. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association / AQK Collection

The Heroes of Hotspots and the non-governmental organizations for which they work are making extraordinary contributions to conservation. They are examples of dedicated and dynamic people who work to ensure that intact ecosystems can continue to support flora and fauna and provide clean air, fresh water, healthy soils, sustainable livelihoods, resistance to climate change and more.

Damião Santos is a member of the community quilombola Kalunga, which is considered the largest in Brazil and is located in the northwest of the state of Goiás in the municipalities of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre and Teresina de Goiás, part of hot spot of Cerrado biodiversity. He is helping to lead conservation efforts in the community. He headed the forest fire fighting brigade from 2013 to 2018, and was treasurer of the Kalunga Association of Guides from 2011 to 2014.

Under his guidance as president of the Kalunga Engenho II Communication Association from 2015 to 2017, ecotourism efforts have taken major steps, including the construction of trails and bathrooms for tourists, gastronomy courses for restaurant employees, training for guides and expansion of the center assistance to tourists.

& #8220; Damião Santos combines strength, determination, devotion and kindness. He is actively involved in his community and fully committed to biodiversity conservation & #8221; said Peggy Poncelet, CEPF grants director for the biodiversity hotspot in the Cerrado.

Damião was actively involved in the project financed by CEPF, which used georeferencing and socioeconomic surveys to map the Kalunga territory. Collecting information was an arduous process in which Mr. Santos and other team members traveled long distances to visit families scattered throughout the region. The data proved to be highly valuable for the Kalunga people, as well as for local and federal public entities.

& #8220; The Heroes of Hotspots represent the conservationists tenacious and committed people who are acting every day to guarantee the future of priority hotspots biodiversity and the people who depend on these vital ecosystems & #8221 ;, said CEPF Executive Director Olivier Langrand. & #8220; They face a multitude of challenges & #8211; long hours, tiring travel, difficult working conditions, political obstacles and even threats to their lives & #8211; in search of a healthy and sustainable world & #8221 ;.

& #8220; Mr Santos is a determined advocate of his community and the ecosystems on which they depend & #8221; said Langrand. & #8220; Their actions and leadership are helping to ensure a healthy future for the Kalunga community and its nature & #8221 ;.

read more on Damião M. Santos and the others Heroes of Hotspots.

CEPF is a joint initiative of Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

Since 2001, CEPF has catalyzed biodiversity conservation, led locally through US$ 250 million in donations to more than 2,400 organizations in 98 developing and transition countries. The results include more than 15 million hectares of protected areas established, at least 890 species globally threatened supported and over 3,500 communities benefited. Learn more at www.cepf.net, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Contacts:

Michael Becker, leader of CEPF's regional implementation team at the Cerrado biodiversity hotspot, michael.becker@iieb.org.br

Julie Shaw, CEPF's communications director, jshaw@cepf.net


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 unknown Cerrado and its colossal biological relevance

Paepalanthus, a species of flora typical of the Cerrado fields. Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

 

by Michael Becker for publication via Mongabay Brazil

 

The fires that devastated the Amazon last year they put Brazil in the headlines around the world, and with good reason. The iconic rainforest stores millions of tons of carbon dioxide - burning it means a less stable climate across the Earth. But the fires also devastated, to the same extent, another biome in South America, but news coverage of this catastrophe was sparse.

In the center of Brazil (with small portions in Bolivia and Paraguay) are 200 million hectares of the most biodiverse tropical savanna on the planet, with 5% of the world's species: the Cerrado, a region that, like the Amazon, also holds an amount of carbon fundamental to the climatic balance of the planet.

The lack of knowledge about its importance may be due to what is not visible in its landscape: about 70% of the biomass of the Cerrado it is underground, and that means that the carbon reservoirs that it houses in the soil contribute immensely to determine the concentration of CO² in the atmosphere. As they go through a long dry season each year, the Cerrado trees have adapted, growing downward, instead of upward, in search of water.

Because of this, most Brazilians consider the Cerrado to be an “ugly forest” - the trees in the biome are not tall, as in the imposing Amazon.

Today is the International Biodiversity Day, and it is essential to consider the contribution of this biome: rivers and rains within the Cerrado are connected to almost all of Brazil - bringing water to agriculture, hydroelectric power generation and human consumption.

In addition to the 12,070 species of plants and 1,050 species of vertebrate animals, approximately 46 million people currently live on the natural resources from the region: indigenous peoples, traditional communities, family farmers, urban populations, as well as important sectors, such as agribusiness and mining. The Brazilian Cerrado currently concentrates a large part of the production of agricultural commodities of world importance.

The second largest underground water reservoir in the world - the Guarani Aquifer - as well as the largest flooded plain on the planet - the Pantanal - are made up of the Cerrado springs; and its ecosystem is seriously threatened if we continue with the alarming deforestation promoted by large-scale agriculture, which until today has already eliminated 50% of the biome. That's before the fires that swept across much of the region in 2019.

Research shows that deforestation in the Cerrado is 2.5 times higher than in the Amazon, and even so, it does not generate as much social commotion. In regions like MATOPIBA, an acronym related to the expanding agricultural frontier in the states of Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia, the scenario is quite serious - by 2010, 60% of the original cover had been converted into pastures and monocultures, and much of what remains has already suffered some type of anthropic intervention.

The celebration of International Biodiversity Day should remind us that we share our existence with several other beings; as maned wolf, the giant anteater and fruits like the pequi, coquinho-sour and baru, in the case of the Cerrado. One way to interpret biodiversity is to consider that it reflects the interaction of all the elements that make life possible as we know it. So, we need to be responsible for our direct influence on the maintenance of biodiversity, its use and consequences on human, animal and plant life; in any biome or ecosystem.

Covid-19 is the most recent example of human interference in natural processes and their consequences. THE Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recently released a communication reinforcing the need to reconcile the return to economic activity with the protection of ecosystems and maintenance of biodiversity. If the destruction continues, there will be a significant increase in the likelihood of new pandemics.

There are 1.7 million viruses yet to be identified. Keeping the forests upright prevents us from coming into contact with sources of new diseases. The lesson that the pandemic leaves us is to recognize the vital need to ensure sustainable development in order to maintain our conserved ecosystems if we want to continue to exist. This situation makes us look once again at the unknown Cerrado, which more than ever, if highlighted and protected, will contribute with essential elements, such as water and natural resources, to overcome this and any other future crisis.

At the moment, initiatives such as those being carried out by the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems and at International Institute of Education of Brazil are helping to find the path to this new model towards the sustainable development. The fund has 52 partner institutions, united in the conservation of Cerrado biodiversity and the services it provides to Brazilians. The actions involve 6,335 people and protect 11,533,753 hectares of the biome. In addition to contributing to the processing of 108,125.76 kg of raw material extracted from the Cerrado, which promotes an increase in income for the communities of R$ 119,264.00 in the sale of native seeds and R$ 245,443.78 in Cerrado fruits.

The great results we have achieved so far, certainly bring us a reason for celebration in this International Biodiversity Daybecause it demonstrates that it is possible to reap many fruits of this reconciliation of the use of biodiversity with its protection, which bring direct benefits to the populations that share the Cerrado.

Read the article in full on the Mongabay Brazil!

Find the English version here!

 

Michael Becker is the leader of the CEPF regional implementation team (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, or Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and has been working since 2000 to ensure civil society's contribution to the conservation of rich and highly threatened ecosystems. In Brazil since 2016, CEPF works with the support of the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB), a Brazilian third sector institution dedicated to training and qualifying people. This is the list of organizations that are part of the network: http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/lista-projetos/

We thank and congratulate each of our partners for their tireless effort to fight the conservation of the Cerrado and its peoples!


The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.

 

 

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/


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.

 

 

Letter from CEPF Executive Director to Partners

Your work is more important than ever

 

via Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

Dear CEPF partner,

In normal times, I spend a good part of the year traveling to the different biodiversity hotspots where we invest, getting to know the beneficiaries and visiting the locations of their projects. Since joining CEPF in 2015, I have been impressed by the frequency with which I hear partners from all over the world say: & #8220; CEPF is more than a funder; they are a family & #8221 ;. This means a lot to me and my team.

And now, our CEPF family is facing new challenges, just like the rest of the world. Know that we are committed to helping you navigate this uncertain time. Our highest priority is your safety, and we will work with you to review your project activities as needed.

As stressful as this moment may be, I am encouraged by some of the changes that I am already hearing about. The trade and consumption of wild animals was recently banned in a formal decision by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China and, in Vietnam, conservationists met to call for a national policy to do the same.

With the IUCN World Conservation Congress and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity scheduled, 2020 should be the & #8220; Year of Biodiversity & #8221 ;. Most of these meetings have now been postponed.

In a way, it's still the & #8220; Year of Biodiversity & #8221 ;, although not in the way we imagined. The world is seeing what can happen when humans interfere with natural systems. Our community has long understood the connection between human health and the health of Earth's ecosystems. Now we see clearly the importance of respecting nature.

My hope is that, after the current crisis subsides, we will find more governments, communities and others who are ready to support and participate in our efforts.

Prioritize social distance now and be ready for the moment when you can fully resume conservation activities, as the work we do is truly more important than it has ever been.

Sincerely,

Olivier Langrand

 

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

PS We want to hear from you. How has your work been impacted by the pandemic? Have you been able to find creative solutions to keep making progress? Please send your thoughts, experiences and stories to cepf@cepf.net.


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.

 

LAPIG Announces Launch of Cerrado Knowledge Platform

 

 

 

Dear colleagues,

Exclusively, we announce the launch of Cerrado Knowledge Platform & #8220;, UFG / LAPIG project, supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

http://cepf.lapig.iesa.ufg.br

Although it is a trial version, it already has some features, highlighting the land use subplatforms, deforestation and aerial imagery (provided by drones), enabling a dynamic and interactive analysis about the Cerrado transformationsat the municipal and state levels.

From now on, with this structure in place, we will quickly move forward with new content and tools such as responsive design for tablets and smartphones, data upload module (vector, images and text), download availability and language translation. English.

Speaking of content, we encourage the contribution of all, with diverse information produced for the Cerrado biome.

To this end, we have provided a temporary tool for the transfer of your databases (see call / shortcut in the top menu, or at the bottom of the main page).

We hope that the Cerrado Knowledge Platform will be well used by our society, in particular by organizations involved in environmental conservation and socio-economic development of this rich and endangered ecosystem.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at lapig.cepf@gmail.com

Thanks for the outreach and collaboration!

Prof. Manuel Ferreira
UFG / LAPIG


LAPIG and CEPF Cerrado

Dr. Manuel Ferreira has been working with a team of researchers and civil society institutions on the project. “Cerrado Knowledge Platform”. 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.

 

Let's talk about the Cerrado?

¹The Cerrado is the largest hot spot in the western hemisphere, covering more than 2 million km2 in Brazil and smaller parts (around 1%) of Bolivia and Paraguay. This one hot spot It also includes the headwaters of the three largest river basins in South America (Amazonas / Tocantins, São Francisco and Prata), thus highlighting their importance for the region's water security. In addition, the Cerrado is extremely rich in plant richness, with over 12,000 cataloged native species. The great diversity of habitats results in remarkable transitions between different vegetation types. About 250 species of mammals live in the Cerrado, along with a rich birdlife with 856 recorded species. The diversity of fish (800 species), reptiles (262 species) and amphibians (204 species) is also high. Many of these species are endemic. For these reasons, the Cerrado is considered to be the most biodiverse tropical savanna region in the world.

¹ In addition to its environmental specificities, the Cerrado also has great social importance. Many people depend on their natural resources to survive with quality of life, including indigenous groups, quilombolas, gerizeiros, riparian and babassu coconut breakers, which are part of Brazil's historical and cultural heritage and share traditional knowledge of biodiversity. More than 220 plant species are known for medicinal use and many native fruits are regularly consumed by locals and sold in urban centers.

¹Currently, the Cerrado is one of the main areas of the planet for agricultural and livestock production. While it is a source of pride to many, border expansion also takes its toll. The Ministry of Environment estimates that by 2010, 47% of the Cerrado had been converted and most of the remaining areas of natural vegetation were fragmented. The pressure remains intense because of the agricultural expansion of soy, meat, sugar cane, eucalyptus and cotton, products that are essential for the national economy and world markets. As a result, annual deforestation rates in the Cerrado are higher than in the Amazon.

& #8220; Let's talk about the Cerrado? & #8221; it's a one video series which provides information about the biome, its history and risks. This publication was produced by the project #8220; Land Use Initiative & #8211; INPUT & #8221;, the result of a partnership between Agroicone it's the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) in Brazil, which brings together several actors to map the challenges of natural resource management in Brazil. Check out one of the videos in the series:

 

 

¹Text taken from Profile of the Cerrado Biodiversity Hostpot Ecosystem (2017).

 

CEPF Cerrado launches new call for projects throughout the hotspot

Mauritania flexuosa Lf & #8211; Buriti

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & #8211; CEPF launches the Second Call for Letters of Intent (CDI) focused on innovative and relevant conservation projects for the Cerrado Hotspot. Interested parties can apply until November 8, 2017.

This call is open to community groups and associations, non-governmental organizations, private companies, universities, research institutes and other civil society organizations.

Letters of intent must be formulated for Small Projects (up to US$ 50,000) and Large Projects (above US$ 50,000 and maximum US$ 200,000).

Proposals to this notice should include only the following Strategic Directions and Investment Priorities:

Strategic Direction 3 & #8211; Promote and strengthen the productive chains associated with sustainable use of natural resources and ecological restoration in the hostpot (As defined in the notice).

Investment Priority 4.1- Support the implementation of National Action Plans (NAPs) for priority species, focusing on habitat management and protection (Small Projects Only).

Investment Priority 5.2 & #8211; Support the collection and dissemination of water resources quantity and quality monitoring data to integrate and share data on major hotspot watersheds.

Investment Priority 6.1 & #8211; Strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations to participate in collective bodies and processes related to the management of territories and natural resources.

Access the full notice of Second call on the CEPF Cerrado website. Specific questions can be taken by email, cepfcerrado@iieb.org.br .

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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 

Global fund to support Cerrado biodiversity conservation initiatives

IEB will be the team responsible for the regional implementation of the project in Cerrado

Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros
Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park Region. Photo: Letícia Freire / IEB

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a fund to protect the world's most diverse and endangered biodiversity areas, also known as biodiversity hotspots. Conservation International administers the global program on behalf of the fund's partners: the French Development Agency, the World Bank, Conservation International, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the World Environment Fund. Environment (GEF), the Government of Japan and the European Union. A board of high-level representatives from each donor partner manages this fund.

CEPF supports non-governmental organizations, community groups and other civil society partners in implementing strategic conservation projects in biodiversity hotspots. CEPF's focus is to provide opportunities for its beneficiaries to preserve the rich natural resources of hotspots that are vital to people's well-being and the health of the economy in general.

After supporting the Atlantic Forest with investments between 2001 and 2008, the CEPF Donor Council chose the Cerrado in 2013 to receive investments. This decision was followed by the construction of an Ecosystem Profile, through a process of consultations and meetings, which took place between 2014 and 2015, and the selection of the team that will be responsible for the implementation of the initiative in the Cerrado.

Following a selection process, in April 2016, the Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) was chosen by the CEPF Donor Council to act as Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot, beginning this month. July 2016 and expected completion in June 2021.

As CEPF implementation team, IEB will lead the program in the hotspot, converting the investment strategy defined in the Ecosystem Profile into a coherent portfolio of support. IEB was selected as RIT because it demonstrated a strong track record of work experience in Brazil, program management of similar size, scale and complexity to RIT, and experience in direct management of small support programs.

The full Portuguese version of the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot Ecosystem Profile can be found on the CEPF website (click here).

A technical summary of this document can be found on the CEPF website (click here).