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Beekeeping course for quilombolas Kalunga has a reserve of 50% of vacancies for women

Initiative of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK), Tiradentes Institute (IE) and CEPF Cerrado / IEB, the beekeeping course moved 16 young quilombolas Kalunga, from October 26 to 30, in the city of Niquelândia, in Goiás

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

 

The search for a diversified agroextractive economy led to the idea of carrying out this training with young Kalunga quilombolas. Photo: Manuel Júnior / Collection Instituto Educacional Tiradentes

The search for a agroextractive economy diversified led to the idea of carrying out this training, since the quilombolas Kalunga they are suffering impacts from the pandemic, as one of the main ways of generating income for quilombolas is tourism in the region.

 The course left as result the construction of eight apiaries with small honey extraction units. The initiative sought to generate autonomy for quilombolas, who are in isolated areas and difficult to access to the community, where electricity, until today, does not exist.

“Honey is a product that you can keep for up to two years; it cannot be refrigerated, otherwise it will spoil. This project came to serve communities abandoned by the government ”explains Manoel Júnior, from the Tiradentes Institute.

Training - which seeks to train young multipliers - destined 50% of vacancies for women, prioritizing gender equity, as a way to promote income autonomy for this group. Sirleia Torres, 28, says that training is very important for her to find financial opportunities.

“Now I am going to expand my possibilities in the job market. Every day I learn more about beekeeping; it's been an incredible experience ”, says the young quilombola.

“Gender inequality is a reality within these communities. It is the woman who organizes the house and the plantations, but the income remains with the men. So, this course prioritizes that they can have more autonomy ”, says Manuel.

About the Quilombo Kalunga Association and CEPF Cerrado

The Quilombo Kalunga Association is a civil organization, with no economic purpose, founded in October 1999. It represents the largest quilombo territory in Brazil, with 262 thousand hectares of land. AQK defends the interests of residents of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage (SHPCK), which covers the municipalities of Goiás, Cavalcante, Monte Alegre de Goiás and Teresina de Goiás.

The project, promoted by Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and with support from International Institute of Education of Brazilaims to get to know the reality of the Kalunga communities in depth, use geoprocessing technology to map the territory in detail, promote the occupation of the SHPCK in a more sustainable way and make the Kalunga internationally recognized as defenders of biodiversity conservation.

 

Learn more about AQK: http://quilombokalunga.org.br/PKS/?page_id=27

Learn more about the Tiradentes Educational Institute: https://institutotiradentes.com.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.

Cooperatives and agroecology hand in hand: discover the work of Grande Sertão

Cooperatives and agroecology hand in hand: discover the work of Grande Sertão

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

 

Combined with environmental conservation, the Grande Sertão cooperative, in Montes Claros, also north of MG, was founded in 2003, and works with food from family farming.

The standout product is the buriti oil, used by the cosmetic and food industries.

The tasty sour coconut beer. Photo: Grande Sertão Collection

Currently, Grande Sertão has 230 members, covers 30 municipalities and indirectly involves 2 thousand families and 350 rural communities. “We are looking for new commercialization channels to strengthen us even more, and everything is done  within the principles of sustainable management ”, points out Fábio Soares, leader of the cooperative.

Altogether, more than 25 species are processed, such as araticum, cagaita, murici, cajá, jatobá, pequi, among others. Honey, rapadura and cachaça are also part of the list of products sold by Grande Sertão, which also produces and sells a tasty delicacy made from sour coconut: craft beer which is already famous throughout Brazil.

Partnership with CEPF Cerrado and IEB

With the support of Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), through the project & #8220; Buriti & #8211; income generation for young people and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadas & #8221;, a buriti production chain for the Grande Sertão it came out strengthened. The project favored the extraction and commercialization of oil from the fruit, contributing to the conservation of the Veredas, a type of ecosystem in the Cerrado where the palm tree is born and an important birthplace of springs. “Based on the initiative, we gave strength to trade to be structured; it was also an instrument to maintain these conserved areas ”, says Aryanne Amaral, project assistant for CEPF Cerrado's implementation strategy.

Buriti shavings. Photo: Grande Sertão Cooperative Collection

The commercialization of oil was successful, and today, Grande Sertão has reached the international market with the product and has renowned clients, such as the Brazilian giant Natura. Women and youth were involved in this process and benefited, being important players in the conservation of the Cerrado.

In the buriti production chain, women are ahead: they collect, extract oil, pulp, dry and pack. With this project, women started to have financial autonomy ”, says Fábio Soares.

Covid-19

Family farmer. Photo: Grande Sertão Cooperative Collection

The pandemic, of course, also brought impacts on the daily lives of associates Grande Sertão, which saw sales plummet. If it is not possible to sell family farming products at collective fairs, cooperative members needed to rethink the survival mechanisms in the market.

“We have more than 30 tons of fruit pulp stocked, with an expiration date to expire. We are looking for new strategies, such as turning these pulps into jellies, or developing a ready-made juice line. But we have a challenge, since we don't use preservatives; the product is natural ”, ponders Soares.

About Grande Sertão

The Grande Sertão Cooperative develops actions around the sustainability and agroecology, with the objective of promoting the strengthening of agroextractive communities. Associations and cooperatives, good production practices with Cerrado fruits, promote the management and conservation of rural territories where sustainable agroextractivism is practiced.

 

For more information about the Grande Sertão, visit: https://www.facebook.com/cooperativagrandesertao/


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.

 

Cooperative gives example of how to keep the Cerrado standing

Family farming as the protagonist of conservation

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

 

The Sertão Veredas, in the north of Minas Gerais, is not only the scene of the writings of Guimarães Rosa - a Minas Gerais author who knew how to describe local regionalism -, it is also the place where extraction is the protagonist in the generation of income, in conservation of the Cerrado and sustainable management.

Family farming products produced and marketed by COPABASE. Photo: Terra Mar Filmes / COPABASE Collection

THE Sustainable Family Agriculture Cooperative Based on the Solidarity Economy (COPABASE) it has 140 members and provides an example of good practices to keep the Cerrado standing. Headquartered in the municipality of Arinos (MG), the cooperative also operates in Bonfinópolis de Minas, Buritis, Formoso, Pintópolis, Riachinho, Urucuia and Uruana de Minas.

Focused on the cultivation, production and commercialization of fruit pulps from the Cerrado & #8211; such as acerola, mango, guava, tamarind, mangaba, cagaita, araticum, sour coconut and umbu & #8211; , COPABASE supplies schools in the region, while giving employment to local producers.

“We struggle to maintain conservation, but also to generate income for rural families, who live off the production of their small properties”, Dionete Barboza, director of COPABASE is proud.

The diversification of production chains - harvested in different periods & #8211; guarantees income throughout the year. The products sold range from cassava to flour, brown sugar, the baru, honey, and, more recently, organic cotton.

 

Jyoung farmers from the urucu backlands in the baru harvest. Photo: Terra Mar Filmes / COPABASE Collection

The baru chain

Although the cooperative's flagship product is the production of fruit pulp from the Cerrado, the “golden goose” is the baru chestnut, common almond in the regions of Goiás, northern Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso and Maranhão.

The food has specific production at a certain time of the year - before the rainy season - and brings with it the principles of sustainability, since it is collected manually, in an extractive, artisanal way. “The baru has a differential, as it is inside a fortress (the bark); and extracting the almond has a higher financial cost for us, but it gives us a greater margin of performance ”, explains Dionete.

Pandemic

About 80% of COPABASE's income came from the sale of fruit pulp from the Cerrado to local schools; however, suspension of classes due to Covid-19, impacted the income of small producers.

Without government support, the association needed to reinvent itself. “It was very difficult, as we had a large stock of food. However, we managed to raise funds for the distribution of basic baskets with products from family farming. Thus, we were able to place a good part of our inventory on the market. The pandemic sparked this look of thinking about the next, but also of covering the financial hole", tells Dionete.

 

Organic cotton and the work of the spinner in the hinterland region of Vale do Urucuia, Minas Gerais. Photo: Terra Mar Filmes / COPABASE Collection

Partnership with CEPF and IEB

The promotion of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and support from the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), through the project & #8220; Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Biodiversity Conservation in the Urucuian Wilderness & #8221;, contributed to the socioeconomic organization, logistical support, training and even exchanges as a way to enhance the COPABASE extractivism.

“We invest in training to strengthen family farming and generate income for small farmers and traditional peoples. We understand that, by encouraging agroextractivism, we also contribute to the conservation of the environment ”, explains Aryanne Amaral, project assistant for CEPF Cerrado's regional implementation strategy.

The production of foods such as brown sugar, rapadura and manioc flour valued the traditional knowledge of families, while bringing technical knowledge, adding differentiated and quality products.

According to Dionete Barboza, the partnership with CEPF and IEB was a foundation for producers, as it allowed them to develop actions, work new production chains and conduct training aimed at environmental management within schools.

“All the technical guidance work that CEPF helped us provided for the systematization of the methodologies of our work. We did a lot that was not written; today, we synthesize in eight primers in areas such as management, agroecology and women”, Adds Dionete.

 

For more information about Copabase, access the site of the cooperative.


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 (UFG) and CEPF Cerrado launch tool for the conservation of the Cerrado on 11/16

The Cerrado Knowledge Platform invites institutions across the country to collaborate with data, avoiding duplication of efforts

by Caroline Pires via UFG & #8211; Goias Federal University

In order to gather and enable easy and intuitive access to reliable information on the Cerrado biome, in addition to offering data on land use, biodiversity and socioeconomics, the Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG / UFG), launches the Cerrado Knowledge Platform next Monday, 16/11, at 10am. The transmission will be made through the Cerrado Knowledge Platform channel at YouTube and it was possible thanks to the partnership with Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). Those interested in following the launch should sign up for free in this link.

The tool allows researchers from around the world can collaborate with the platform, inserting data, maps, or geospatial information that will provide solid knowledge to support public policies or conservation programs for the conservation of the threatened biome Cerrado. In addition to allowing the sharing of information, the platform provides society with a unified and organized vision of the biome, promoting awareness on the topic. Manuel Ferreira, professor and general coordinator of Cerrado Knowledge Platform, explains that there are several data platforms that provide geographic information about different biomes. However, many times this huge volume of information from public, private, non-governmental organizations does not communicate. “Therefore, the importance of encouraging this sharing, to avoid duplication of efforts in the same direction. We want this information to assist projects in the Cerrado, gathering data and favoring access & #8221;, he highlighted.

The teacher's expectation is that the Platform will be permanently established for receive data from the most diverse research and institutions. “This collaboration between researchers and institutions promotes a culture of collaboration that in fact generates a positive result for the conservation of the Cerrado biome”, concluded.

Culture change

In addition to being a tool that offers data in an open and easily accessible way, to provide society with reliable information about the Cerrado biome, the platform values the cooperation and dissemination of science among society in general. The tool will already be launched with information on the biome from the LAPIG database and partner institutions of the laboratory. & #8220; As the platform brings information in the form of maps, graphs and tutorials, we believe that we can also sensitize managers, government programs, to reverse processes related to the reduction of water resources, losses of biodiversity, or soil contamination, for example ”, he stated. Finally, Manuel Ferreira stressed the need for more and more partners to collaborate to strengthen the Platform and its effective performance. “Our main objective is to protect the Cerrado biome, which is seriously threatened with extinction and which has faced so much damage”, he defended. According to him, the permanent feeding of the database is fundamental for the social impact and success of the project.

Protection of threatened biomes

The Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF, in its acronym in English) acts worldwide, favoring the transfer of resources, aiming at promoting changes in society, with the objective of protecting critical and threatened areas. In Brazil, CEPF works through the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB).

The International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) is a Brazilian non-economic association, headquartered in Brasilia, founded in November 1998, with the mission of strengthening social actors and their role in building a fair and sustainable society. The IEB stands out on the national scene for being dedicated to training and qualifying people and strengthening organizations in various aspects and themes related to the environment, development and sustainability.

The LAPIG competed in 2018 for the institution's public notice with the proposal of adding information produced in the Cerrado Biome and for its preservation. “The platform will also be very useful to assist other projects financed by CEPF, which need a computational environment with a sufficiently robust structure to receive and make available the data and information produced. Our goal is to prevent information from being literally lost or shelved in institutions ”, he concluded.


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.

 

Neotrópica Foundation holds 2nd COMDEMAS of the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor with live broadcasts

Between the days October 26 and 30 from 2020 to Foundation Neotropic do Brasil performs the 2nd Meeting of Eat of the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor, this year with the theme "The importance of social participation in the conservation of the Environment".

The event will have a series of webinars with the participation of experts from all over the country discussing the main challenges of the Municipal Environment Councils (Comdema) in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the importance of social participation in environmental conservation and management actions at the local level.

For the executive superintendent of the Neotrópica Foundation, Rodolfo Portela Souza, society is increasingly informed and attentive to the management of public services, especially those related to environmental conservation, due to the growing concern with environmental quality.

For this reason, he points out that involving strategies and providing events and initiatives that mobilize and give voice to the population and strengthen shared environmental management it is fundamental, “Comdemas are these legitimate spaces, recognized for almost 30 years as a space for social participation in the field of conservation”.

The meetings, aimed at the general public, will have live streaming and simultaneous translation in pounds (Brazilian Sign Language).

Registrations are free and can be done through the link https://bit.ly/3khmr1u.

At the end of the event, there will be a certificate delivery to registered participants with a 10-hour workload, just sign the online presence list that will be shared with each transmission.

The meeting is held by the Foundation Neotropic Brazil, through the project & #8220; União de Comdemas Pró-Cerrado & #8221;, executed with support from Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems & #8211; CEPF and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB).

Check the schedule:

  •  10/26 (Monday) & #8211; Internet and social mobilization in the conservation of the Cerrado

Guests: Michael Becker (IEB / CEPF Cerrado), Janaína Spode (ISC Project) and Rodolfo Portela (Neotrópica Foundation)

  •  27/10 (Tuesday) & #8211; Municipal Environment Councils and challenges facing Covid-19

Guests: Carlos Fanton (Fecondema), Giovanni Galvão (PhD in Urbanism) and Paulino Medina Jr. (UFGD)

  •  10/28 (Wednesday) & #8211; The importance of Science for environmental conservation

Guests: Ariadne Barbosa (UFMS), Angélica Guerra (UFMS) and Priscila Varges (UFMS)

  •  29/10 (Thursday) & #8211; Municipal Environment Fund and Ecological ICMS: Towards shared management

Guests: Lucia Cristal (Comdema Miranda-MS), Elizabete Burkhardt (Imasul) and Nicholas Kaminski (SPVS)

  •  10/30 (Friday) & #8211; Conservation Units: Importance and management

 Guests: Miguel von Behr (Master in Urban and Regional Planning), Sandro Pereira (ICMBio) and Angela Kuczach (Pro-UC Network)

🕕 Time and place:

At broadcasts take place every day at 6 pm (Mato Grosso do Sul time) and 7 pm (Brasília time) on the Foundation's channels Neotropic:

▪ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/funda%A7o-neotrpica-do-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.

Quilombo Kalunga Association publishes terms of reference for journalist

THE Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK) is a civil organization, consisting of residents of the Sítio Histórico e Patrimônio Cultural Kalunga, a remaining quilombo area inserted in the municipalities of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre and Teresina de Goiás, the largest in Brazil. The purpose of the association is to promote the defense of the interests of the Kalunga people, the main objectives of which are: to promote the integration and social interaction of people as a way of strengthening culture; economic and social development, through the encouragement and promotion of agricultural, livestock and agroextractive activities; promote the development of activities for the conservation and preservation of the environment, the sustainable use of natural resources and the promotion of projects to develop ecologically correct and carry out environmental and territorial management.

The union of new technologies to help in the protection, conservation and conscious use of the land and water resources of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage region, this was the initial thought, when in 2016/2017, AQK formulated a project to, in partnership with Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB), carry out the most complete survey ever made in a remaining quilombo area in Brazilian territory.

The project “Use of Geoprocessing in the Management of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage”, which is executed with support from CEPF Cerrado, is based on four basic components:

  1. Structuring a Geographic Information System - GIS, in the information system to work with maps and geographical information called ARcGis, which is associated with a physical and socioeconomic database developed on the MySQL platform, which is a database management system, which uses SQL as an interface;
  2. Assist the Quilombo Kalunga Association in strengthening the organization of the Kalunga people to carry out management with the participation of communities through their elected representatives in Local AQK assemblies;
  3. Disclose the existence of 19 threatened species from the Cerrado of Chapada dos Veadeiros (Goiás);
  4. Advising the AQK Board of Directors in seeking to advance land regularization.

Recently, AQK identified the need to expand and strengthen communication between the board and the Kalunga people, to make communication aimed at the territory and at the same time outside, aiming to reach the whole society about the results and impacts of this project, as well as communicate the reality and challenges of the territory and the Kalunga people. In this sense, the Quilombo Kalunga Association makes public the term of reference for hiring professional services to the interested parties to carry out communication consultancy for the AQK board, as well as internal communication for the Kalunga people and external communication for the whole society, using all available tools and the website www.quilombokalunga.org.

Professionals or companies interested in performing the services presented will have until the day October 28, 2020 at 6 pm (Brasília time) to send via e-mail your proposals, together with the requested documentation as described in Terms of Reference, which can be accessed below:

 

For more information, contact:

Quilombo Kalunga Association

telephone: (62) 3494-1062

email: aqkalunga@gmail.com


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.

 

 

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.

 

Quilombo Kalunga is the first territory in Brazil recognized with a global concept

CEPF and IEB contributed to the international classification that attests to the conservation of the quilombo in Goiás

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

Do you know what TICCA is?

The global concept means Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous and Local Communities, and has been assigned by international organizations, such as United Nations, to conserved community and traditional territories, where the population has a strong connection with the place they inhabit, the so-called “life territories”.

“In order to receive this classification, the community must be the main actor in the decision-making process for the management of the territory”, says Vilmar Souza Costa, explaining about the registration process for the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site, of which he was part when he was president of the Quilombola Kalunga Association (AQK).

Located in the north of Goiás, 520 km from the capital, the Kalunga quilombo was the first, until then, to be considered TICCA in Brazil.

Image taken by drone by quilombolas to map the territory. Photo: Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection.

“It was a very participatory process, we have a preserved community, a territory of life, but we suffer constant invasions. The TICCA formalization has helped us to give international visibility to protect us ”, says Vilmar, citing yet another benefit of the nomenclature: strengthening the community against external threats, such as megaprojects and misappropriation. “We have gained autonomy in the management of our land. Now that we are listed on the international map of traditional communities as TICCA, we hope to join in this struggle with other communities around the world ”says Damião Moreira Santos, a member of AQK.

The Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF, acronym in English) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) had active participation and were fundamental for the registration of the Kalunga community as TICCA. “We support territorial management, as we realize that it is very important from the point of view of conservation. AQK went deep with the project. We follow their territorial management steps: reviewing the statute, mapping their natural resources and managing conflicts in the community ”, reports Michael Becker, CEPF Cerrado coordinator.

Who can be TICCA?

The TICCA concept has been promoted worldwide, especially by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Natural Justice, among other important international actors. To be considered TICCA, the population needs to have a deep and close connection with their territory; management and governance processes; positive results in nature conservation, as well as the well-being of its people.

Debate assembly on the registration of the Kalunga quilombo as TICCA. Source: ICCA Registry.

Surrounded by the natural and cultural riches of the Cerrado, the Kalunga quilombo was formed over 300 years ago by men and women who did not accept to live under the slavery regime of the time. Damião Moreira Santos & #8211; that has already been honored as the hero of hot spot[1] Cerrado & #8211; reports that CEPF was largely responsible for presenting the idea of TICCA, the results of this partnership are reaped until today by quilombolas.

“We continue to do territory management due to CEPF support. From this partnership, we created an internal regulation, we started to visit the communities spread throughout our territory and the residents started to know the association ”, he says.

Benefit

In Brazil, the debate on TICCA has been going on since 2018 and is increasingly bringing together social, academic and civil society sectors. The international registration of the area is a way of recognizing its environmental and economic values, governance system and management results. As such, the benefits that a community brings in being registered depend largely on the use it makes of this recognition. For the Kalunga, the land they live on is synonymous with governance and sustainability, and recognition as TICCA represented a local appreciation. “It brought visibility to us. An internationally known quilombo can benefit us. Thus, we are not at the mercy of local governments, in case of aggression, ”says Damião.

About the Quilombo Kalunga Association and CEPF Cerrado

The process for registering as TICCA was entirely participatory. SOURCE: ICCA Registry.

The Quilombo Kalunga Association is a civil organization, with no economic purpose, founded in October 1999. It represents the largest quilombo territory in Brazil, with 262 thousand hectares of land. AQK defends the interests of residents of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage (SHPCK), which covers the municipalities of Goiás, Cavalcante, Monte Alegre de Goiás and Teresina de Goiás.

The project, promoted by CEPF and supported by IEB, aims to get to know the reality of the Kalunga communities in depth, use geoprocessing technology to map the territory in detail, promote the occupation of the SHPCK in a more sustainable way and make the Kalunga internationally recognized as defenders of biodiversity conservation.

For more information about the Quilombo Kalunga Association access the official page on Facebook.

[1] Hotsposts can be defined as areas with great biodiversity, rich mainly in endemic species and which present a high degree of threat. These areas are, therefore, places that need urgent attention, being considered priority in conservation programs.


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.

 

Rare and endangered cactus is the focus of a conservation project in the Jequitinhonha Valley, Itamarandiba, Minas Gerais

Today, on the National Day of the Cerrado (9/11), we will meet a rare natural plant from the Jequitinhonha Valley region, Minas Gerais, which is critically endangered due to the destruction of its habitat by mining and by illegal and predatory collection for trade in collectors. It belongs to the botanical family Cactaceae, the cactus with the scientific name of Uebelmannia buiningii, Ita crown, is found in an area of about 18.81 hectares located in the municipality of Itamarandiba. This area is in transition between the biomes of Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado and where is onethat of the few conservation units in the region, the Serra Negra State Park - PESN. The site is considered a key area for biodiversity or Key Biodiversity Area (KBA), full of endemic species. KBAs are places that “contribute significantly to the worldwide persistence of biodiversity”, for example, by supporting the conservation of threatened species and species that have severely restricted global distributions.

The plant has been studied since 2012 by researchers from the Cerrado Biodiversity Assessment and Research and Conservation Center & #8211; CBC, from the Chico Mendes Institute for Conservation and Biodiversity (ICMBio), which go to the field in search of knowledge about their populations, a more detailed understanding of the characteristics of their habitats and factors that threaten their survival, which are disclosed in scientific works and help to guide the paths to be followed for the management of their populations in nature.

Landscape of the Serra Negra region, in the Jequitinhonnha Valley, in Itamarandiba. Photo: Washington Oliveira / Personal collection

The project & #8220; Ecology & Recovery U. buiningii & #8221; since 2019 with financial support from International Education Institute of Brazil, through the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and with the management of Jurumi Institute for Nature Conservation in partnership with Embrapa-Cenargen and Serra Negra State Park. The biologist and coordinator of the Project, Suelma Ribeiro explains that: “the main focus, without a doubt, is to guarantee the maintenance of the cactus in nature in the long term”. 

The plant is critically endangered, according to the national and international list of species of flora threatened with extinction, due to the destruction of their habitat and illegal removal of their individuals. However, other threats were identified with the studies carried out in 2019. According to biologist Washington Oliveira, a member of the team: “the research carried out last year indicated that the invasive exotic plant known as fat grass (Melinis minutiflora) was found in all areas where the cactus occurs and negatively affects its abundance ”.

The cactus that lives exclusively in a range between 900 and 1350 m in altitude, is pollinated by bees, measures about 6 cm in height and lives in association with other shrubs and rocks, especially under others endemic species bromeliads and velózias, also known as canela-de-ema. This association favors a greater abundance of the cactus, attenuating the excessive solar radiation through shading, which leaves the environment more humid, reducing the negative effects of the high temperature of the place, making these appropriate places for seed germination. According to Suelma Ribeiro, “these environments function as a micro ecosystem that must be protected to guarantee the maintenance of individuals of Uebelmannia buiningii.

Ita crown. Photo: Washington Oliveira / Personal collection

However, most cactus populations live outside the PESN, with four small populations located on private properties, which requires urgent protection and awareness-raising actions. In this sense, the project also works with environmental education initiatives already developed by the Park's team, stimulating actions that sensitize children and young people from local communities. PESN manager Wanderlei Pimenta comments that: “the redefinition of the Park's limits, the creation of private reserves of natural heritage & #8211; RPPN and the intensification of environmental education actions in the region are fundamental for the protection of the plant and the unit's ecosystems ”.

The management of cactus populations in the rocky fields of Serra Negra requires the adoption of adptive management strategies that favor the reduction of impacts on the few individuals left in nature. Thus, it is essential to ensure the maintenance of ecological interactions and the protection of their habitats. According to Suelma Ribeiro, this approach will also serve to benefit other endangered species that occur in the territory and explains: “the implementation of these management strategies will be the next step to be taken by the project, but which will require the strengthening of current partnerships as well as its expansion to save this cactus from extinction together ”.

 

More information can be accessed at the following websites: 

Jurumi Institute: https://bio.institutojurumi.org.br/atividades/projeto/cacto    

CEPF Cerrado: http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/projetos/ecologia-e-recuperacao-de-uebelmannia-buiningii-donald-cactaceae/

CBC / ICMBio:  https://www.icmbio.gov.br/cbc/acoes-de-pequisa-e-conservacao/manejo-para-conservacao-da-biodiversidade-em-ucs.html 

Serra Negra State Park: https://www.facebook.com/parqueserranegra/    


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Grande Sertão Cooperative reopens selection for hiring consultancy services under the project supported by IEB and CEPF Cerrado

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

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

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

Professionals interested in performing the services presented will have until the day September 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Brasília time), to send via e-mail your proposals, together with the requested documentation as described in Reference term.

 

For more information, contact:

José Fábio Soares

telephone: (38) 3223-2285

email: cooperativagrandesertao@gmail.com

 

Access the Terms of Reference:

 


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CEPF, IEB, Instituto Humanize and Instituto Nova Era promote in September a call for support for a large project for the Cerrado

4th Call for Letters of Intent (CDI)

Hot spot Cerrado

GREAT PROJECT

 

The Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems, Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brail, Instituto Humanize and Instituto Nova Era are pleased to invite proponents to the 4th Call for Letters of Intent (CDI) focused on receiving innovative and relevant research projects strengthening of civil society organizations working on conservation of the hot spot Thick. Only selected a proposal under that call.

In this call, we want to improve the technical and management conditions of civil society organizations in the Cerrado, strengthening them for the proposition, execution and management of projects focusing on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the hot spot. This improvement will take place via training, including on the gender issue linked to the conservation of natural resources.

Eligible country: Brazil
Opening date: Monday  fair, september 7, 2020
Closing date: Friday  Tuesday, October 23, 2020
Grant amount: US $ 50,000 to US $ 250,000

see the biodiversity hotspot map of Cerrado.

Read the detailed instructions, criteria and restrictions of this Call for Letters of Intent, available below. Send your proposal through electronic portal of ConservationGrants up until October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Washington, DC time). If you do not have a ConservationGrants account, you will need to create a new one. If you encounter any technical difficulties with the system, send an email to  conservationgrants@conservation.org

MORE INFORMATION 

Call for Letters of Intent
– Portuguese (PDF 278 KB) and the following links: website CEPF Cerrado and website CEPF

Ecosystem Profile
Portuguese and English

Summary of the Ecosystem Profile
Portuguese and English

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

•   Before you sign up 
•   12 tips to get funding for your donation idea 
•   CEPF Gender Toolkit (Portuguese) PDF & #8211; 291 KB)
•   ConservationGrants Frequently Asked Questions 

 

The Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems seeks to protect the most biologically rich and threatened regions on the planet, known as priority hotspots of biodiversity. A fundamental objective is to guarantee the engagement of civil society in the conservation of biodiversity. CEPF is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, European Union, Global Environment Facility, Government of Japan and World Bank.

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Exposure

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

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

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

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

Circles of conversation

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

Check the complete schedule:

September 1st:

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

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

September 2nd:

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

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

September 3rd:

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

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

September 4th:

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

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

September 8th:

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

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

September 9:

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

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

September 10th:

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

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

September 11:

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

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

Sign up here on link!

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

Circles of conversation

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

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

Contact Information

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

 


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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


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Family farmers in DF receive training in the collection of native seeds from the Cerrado

In the months of May and June the Bartô Network concluded two more stages of the Component for “Environmental Regularization of the Roseli Nunes Rural Settlement” - part of the project Agroforestry Providing Ecosystem Services.

Photo: Rede Bartô Collection

From the land use and occupation map, a database was created that served to rectify the Rural Environmental Registries farmers, advancing the process of Settlement Environmental Regularization. Regularization brings benefits to the settlers, such as access to credit and production incentive programs.

The process of environmental restoration of the Rosely Nunes Settlement, is being built so that all phases of the process can be internalized by the local community so that it makes sense to them. At this stage, social issues, but mainly economic ones, were worked around the opportunities of the market for collecting seeds of native species of the Cerrado for farmers. This activity is the continuity of a partnership between Bartô Network, Tikré Soluções Ambientais, Cerrado Seed Network, the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and the International Education Institute of Brazil.

Photo: Rede Bartô Collection

The activities counted on the participation of the settlement's farmers, who collected more than 16 kg of seeds of native species of the Cerrado. After collection, they were processed and stored properly. Later they will be used to recover areas of the settlement that have been degraded.

“The idea at the other end is to empower farmers themselves with the ecological restoration technique through direct seeding, so that they can do the restoration process themselves on other occasions. Maybe even as a profession, generating income in the future & #8221; says Fabrício Lima, project coordinator.

The activity was adapted to follow all care security and health, following coronavirus prevention guidelines. Rede Bartô developed a security protocol with measures to be adopted by the team and beneficiaries to ensure the safety of all. Meet the project Agroforestry Providing Ecosystem Services and the Bartô Network!


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MAPPING THE CERRADO: INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL PRODUCT

Photo: Durval Mota / AQK Collection

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Development of an innovative knowledge product: mapping the lands of traditional communities & #8220; invisible & #8221; in the Cerrado

Opening date: July 10, 2020
Closing date: August 21, 2020
Closing date for questions: August 7, 2020
Submissions: Proposals must be sent to cepf@cepf.net until the closing date.

OVERVIEW

The CEPF Secretariat intends to hire a consultant to develop an innovative technical product, in Portuguese and Spanish, which will document the best practices related to the identification and mapping of areas of social and environmental importance where traditional communities and populations reside & #8220; invisible & #8221; of Cerrado.

MORE INFORMATION


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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:


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Grande Sertão Cooperative publishes reference term to hire specialized technical service

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact:

José Fábio Soares

telephone: (38) 3223-2285

email: cooperativagrandesertao@gmail.com

 

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

via Ekos Brazil Institute

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

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

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

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

The project phases

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

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

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

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

Learn more about CEPF Cerrado

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

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

know more about the project and understand how to contribute!

 

 

 

Weaving the Resistance Network of the Cerrado and Pantanal Women

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

by Iasmim Amiden, via ECOA

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

                        Access the publication here

Informe Gênero e Ambiente

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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


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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!


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The Ignored Crisis in Brazil

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

by: Marsea Nelson, CEPF Senior Communication Manager

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about CEPF investments in Cerrado biodiversity hotspot.

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

 

About CEPF Cerrado

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

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


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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.


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Seed and Catering Market: Promoting Environmental Services and Biodiversity

via Cerrado Seed Network

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

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

Photo: ©Gabriel Rosa / RSC Collection

sale by RSC.

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

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

Seed Market and Restoration Project: Promoting Environmental Services and Biodiversity

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

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Instagram: @redesementesdocerrado

Facebook: Cerrado Seed Network

YouTube: Cerrado Seed Network 


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

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

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

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

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

https://floraemdebate.wixsite.com/floraemdebate

Check out the schedule!


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COPABASE launches series of booklets aimed at family farmers

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Rodolfo Portela, Neotropic Foundation of Brazil

 

 

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

THE PROJECT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVICE CREATION AND ACTIVATION

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

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

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

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

OTHER ADVANCES

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

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

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

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

GUIDE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMODES

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The project begins & #8220; Multiscale quality monitoring in the São Lourenço River basin & #8221; in Mato Grosso

 

 

¹The basin of São Lourenço River It has an area of about 22,000 km² and consists of one of the main Wetland Grosso, integrating the Paraguay River hydrographic region. In addition, it has sections that make up the ecological corridor Cerrado-Pantanal and is mostly made up of key areas for biodiversity (KBAs).

Climatological station in the São Lourenço river basin. Photo: © Geography Department Collection (GEO-UFMT)

¹Originally the basin was covered by vegetation formations of the Cerrado. However, from the 1960s, intense changes in land use and occupation occurred in the region, and agricultural areas for commodities, pasture and urban occupation were occupying the space. At this time, the municipality of Rondonopolis developed as one of the most populous and industrialized of Mato Grosso. The region has mining activities (sand, gravel and gold) at its headwaters, relevant tourist activities in some of its tributaries (Cachoeira de Fumaça complex, Jaciara municipality), has 10 Small Hydroelectric Plants (SHPs) in operation, whose influences on The ecological functions of the biome itself and the Pantanal plain are little known.

Project presentation to the community. Photo: © Geography Department Collection (GEO-UFMT)

¹The watershed is formed by the performance of different social actors, among which stand out the peasants, indigenous people and fishermen. The peasants total approximately 2,800 families and are distributed in 38 settlements. Already the nearly 1,000 indigenous people belong to the Bororo people and are located in two Indigenous Lands (TI Tadarimana and TI Jarudore). The fishermen are organized by the Federation of Fishermen and Aquacultures of the State of Mato Grosso (Fepesc) and Colony Z-3 (Rondonópolis), totaling more than 150 families.

The work is performed by Department of Geography, Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT) / UNISELVA Foundation and by December 2020 the project & #8220; Multiscale quality monitoring in the São Lourenço River basin, Mato Grosso & #8221;, which is supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund  CEPF Cerrado) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), will:

  • Identify spatiotemporal patterns of water quality in the São Lourenço river basin
  • Develop an application for mobile phones (GIS-Participatory) that enables the dissemination of information related to water resources, and that reinforces the interaction between, and with the participation of social actors interested in the different forms of water use in the basin.
  • Develop participatory diagnoses on the situation / relationship of communities that affect and are affected by the multiple uses of Water Resources, seeking an understanding of existing conflicts regarding the use and management of HR.

The main objective of this project is monitor and model water quality at multiple scales in the São Lourenço River basin. Making these data available through a participatory GIS, along with work in communities in the basin, will empower and enable the direct participation of social groups in the monitoring of conditions and management of water resources in the basin.


Source: text adapted from the original project proposal & #8220; Multiscale quality monitoring in the São Lourenço River basin, Mato Grosso & #8221;

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Cerrado Network: 27 years of articulation of traditional peoples and communities

by Thays Puzzi, Communication Officer of Rede Cerrado

Support from CEPF and DGM / Brazil has managed to multiply strengthening and integrating actions among the 50 member organizations

Established in the 1990s during the ECO-92 by a group of entities that, at that moment, saw in the network articulation a strategy of struggle and resistance, the Cerrado Network, over more than 25 years of history, has become a reference in the social and environmental area and in supporting the construction of public policies aimed at conserving the Cerrado and guaranteeing rights to the peoples and traditional communities that inhabit the Biome. In the last two years (2018-2019), in particular, the Cerrado Network, through the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) It's from DGM / Brazil, has been able to multiply strengthening and integrating actions among the 50 other member organizations.

Opening table of the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People, held from September 11-14, 2019, Brasilia, DF. Photo: ©Aryanne Amaral/IEB Collection

“Rede Cerrado worked with associated organizations to support, for example, the Federal Public Prosecution Service in building a platform of Traditional Territories, held a series of meetings and seminars on territories with representatives of traditional peoples and communities, held the ninth edition of the Cerrado People's Fair and Meeting and is in the final stages of support in building an application, developed by IPAM, to traditional territory mapping. Many actions were carried out with the support of CEPF and associated entities, ”said Rodrigo Noleto, coordinator of the Amazon Program of the Society, Population and Nature Institute (ISPN). For him, it is important to keep the Cerrado Network alive, because, according to Noleto, it is often the voice of help, support and articulation of traditional peoples and communities. "I hope that the Cerrado Network can be strengthened, and maintain the necessary articulation conditions for this period we live in," he said.

The sentiment is shared by Gerdau Samuel Caetano, from the Center for Alternative Agriculture of Northern Minas Gerais (CAA-NM). For him, the Cerrado Network is a strategic partner for organizations that value the sustainable development and a more harmonious relationship with the environment. “The Cerrado Network has established itself as a political space for these organizations, as it provides the unification of struggles with a more qualified and strategic debate. It's where we, traditional Cerrado peoples and communities, we exchange experiences, think and formulate public policies that defend the Cerrado and its peoples, ”he said.

Photo: Rede Cerrado ©Collection

Already Maria do Socorro Teixeira Lima, babassu coconut breaker and general coordinator of the Cerrado Network, the last two years have been essential for the institutional strengthening of the Cerrado Network. For her, now, it is necessary to expand the work with the base communities. “This is why the continuity of the Cerrado Network is so important. We rescued her, restructured her. I leave this message to our partners. ” Rose Mary Araújo, from Women in Action of the Pantanal (Mupan), considers the support given to the Cerrado Network to be essential. “There are no landscapes without people and Rede Cerrado really needs this support, especially now that we are reestablished. In the political field there is no other organization like Rede Cerrado ”, he said. César Victor do Espírito Santo, from the Pró-Natureza Foundation (Funatura) said that CEPF has filled a gap in the Cerrado, as it has historically been a biome that receives few resources for conservation projects. “The strengthening of the Cerrado Network is very important in getting the Cerrado's agenda forward. Not only of traditional peoples and communities, but also those related to to biodiversity conservation ', completed.

The main objective of the project supported by the CEPF Cerrado was to institutionally strengthen the Cerrado Network, in addition to increasing its incidence. The main action was the holding of the IX Cerrado Peoples' Meeting and Fair, which brought together in the federal capital, Brasilia, more than 500 representatives of traditional peoples and communities throughout the Cerrado and about seven thousand people from society in general. In addition to exchanging experiences and discussing strategies for keeping the Cerrado standing, they were able to exhibit products from sociobiodiversity and show a little of the cultural and gastronomic diversity for about seven thousand people who attended the event.

I Cerrado Network Territories Workshop held in November 2018. Photo: ©Thays Puzzi/Rede Cerrado Collection

Another project that allowed the Cerrado Network to expand its actions was the DGM / FIP Program (Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous People and Local Communities - Forest Investment Fund) of the World Bank.

For Kátia Favilla, Executive Secretary of the Cerrado Network, these last two years have been essential to reinforce the Cerrado Network's articulation and animation processes. “For the next few years, the biggest challenge will be the organizations acting together in a scenario with little financial resources and dismantling public environmental policies and guaranteeing the rights of traditional peoples and communities. Only with unity of entities and the strengthening of communities In their localities, besides a strong base work, we can guarantee the existence of the Cerrado and its peoples, ”said Favilla.

Cerrado Network and CEPF Cerrado

THE Cerrado Network counts with support from CEPF Cerrado to execute the project “Network strengthened, Cerrado conserved”, which aims to broaden the political impact of the Network on the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of public policies promoting sustainable development, respecting the rights of family farmers, peoples and traditional communities.


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Meet the Observatory of Socio-Environmental Conflicts of MATOPIBA

by Karla Oliveira, via the College of Planaltina, University of Brasilia

This year the workshop was held “Launch of the Matopiba Socio-Environmental Conflict Observatory”. This is an initiative of Planaltina College of the University of Brasilia and from Foundation of Scientific and Technological Enterprises (FINATEC), and with the support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian Institute of Education (IEB) for its realization through the project Agricultural Border and Nature.

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together a high-expertise group to discuss the impact of socio-environmental conflicts in the Matopiba region. It had about 50 participants from 28 institutions including federal universities, representatives of social movements and representatives of NGOs that act in the biome Cerrado.

Members of the MATOPIBA Observatory. Photo: © University of Brasilia College of Planaltina Collection

The proposal now is to join efforts to create a platform for discussion and monitoring of the various conflicts between agribusiness and local communities. Since Matopiba is the so-called “last agricultural frontier”, socioeconomic and environmental analyzes in the region require a perspective of academic research that seeks to understand conflicts and their respective solutions.

In addition, the Matopiba Observatory aims to support the actions of conservation from studies on social and environmental conflicts in the region. For more details, email us at: observatoriomatopiba@gmail.com.


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Weevils in the wild

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

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

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

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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.


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Baru productive chain - good, clean and fair

by Luana Campos, via ECOA

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

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

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

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

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

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Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor Project

The Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project: filling social and environmental gaps, which was executed by ECOA and was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), was closed this year and aimed to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado, through the strengthening of non-timber extraction by communities and settlers of Mato Grosso do Sul.

With the proposal to optimize the forest restoration process started in 2016 in three rural settlements; will improve Cerrado fruit collection management, like baru and bocaiúva and sensitize the market, promoting enhancement of by-products of native fruits of the Cerrado, the project achieved important impacts for the region.

In the end, the project expanded 1 of the 22.95 hectares of Mato Grosso do Sul Cerrado which were surrounded in 2016 with support from another project. This area is being restored, restoring the native vegetation and the recovery of 03 springs / streams: Madalena Stream and Lima Stream, in the Andalucia Settlement, Nioaque; and Agachi Stream, Bandeirantes Settlement, Miranda. In the area were also recorded the return of presence of native fauna, like a raccoon or a mangrove dog and a tuiiu. In addition to this restoration process, the project team worked to promote the production of seedlings of native species of the Cerrado, made by settlers, in their own lots, giving them access to the seedlings, which are hardly found for sale in public or private nurseries in the state. By the end of the project were produced 100 seedlings of baru, which were intended for planting in the fenced areas. Fifty guavira seedlings were also produced, in the early stages, 50 jatoba seedlings, and the project ended with the murici seeds, which will be sown later this year.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cerrado Conflicts

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

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

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


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Composting in Traditional Generating Communities

by Mario Alberto Santos, via Federal University of Western Bahia (UFOB)

This leaflet is a didactic guide to assist in the installation of a composting model made within the Pedagogical Workshop for treatment of organic solid waste and production of agricultural inputs. This workshop is part of the Project activities. Productive Backyards, Agroecology and Food Safety in the Guará River Valley, São Desidério-BA, which aims to present and disseminate social technologies and sustainable practices for agroecological food production, recovery, soil conservation and treatment of solid organic waste in traditional Geraizeiras communities in western Bahia. Funding for the project is from CEPF Cerrado (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund), an international fund administered in Brazil by the IEB (International Institute of Education of Brazil), located in Brasília-DF. The technical responsibility lies with the Research and Extension Group: Geographic Education, Dialogue of Knowledge and Cerrado, from the Federal University of Western Bahia (UFOB), and has a partnership with the Bahia Polytechnic School Foundation (FEP-BA), responsible for financial management.

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Projects in the Cerrado received CEPF visit this September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

During the visit there was also the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People, event promoted by Cerrado Network, which is supported by CEPF Cerrado to execute the project #8220; Fortified Network, Conserved Cerrado & #8221;. On occasion, some partner institutions of CEPF Cerrado promoted important discussions related to topics such as gender and territory, fair and solidary trade in the baru chain, territorial and environmental management in the Cerrado indigenous lands, socio-environmental conflicts in MATOPIBA and the marketing of Cerrado agroextractive products. Stay tuned, as soon we will publish more news about the unfolding of these discussions during the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado. Check out our communication channels for more information about partners and about executed projects with support from CEPF Cerrado!


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

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Critically endangered Cerrado miner tree engages researchers and society for conservation

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

© Fernando Fernandes / SAFZB-BH Collection

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

© SAFZB-BH Collection

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

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


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

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.

 

Community-based ecotourism in the quilombola community Furnas da Boa Sorte, MS advances with training and infrastructure

by WWF-Brasil and Instituto Mamede

Community-based ecotourism in the quilombola community Furnas da Boa Sorte, Corguinho / MS, advances with communication and marketing course and the installation of tourist signs


Another meeting marked the process of implementation of the Community-Based Ecotourism in the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte, in Corguinho / MS.

Rich in stunning scenery and biodiversity Lush, the place of pristine features, contagious and delights the visitor, and there is no shortage of inspiration for Ecotourism. Everything goes back to nature and interacts with it. The community is located in a transition area between Cerrado and Wetland, whose singular relief, with hills and slopes provided by the Maracaju Plateau, says farewell to the highest altitudes and gradually surrenders to the Pantanal floodplain. In addition to nature, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the Quilombola Furnas da Boa Sorte community.

© Mamede Institute Collection

This time, the Community Based Ecotourism - EcoTBC module in the Community brought the theme Communication and Marketing in Community-Based Ecotourism. The module was taught

by the team of Mamede Institute for Environmental Research and Ecotourism, WWF-Brazil and also had the special participation of the Mato Grosso do Sul Tourism Foundation - FUNDTUR. Simone Mamede, coordinator of the Community Based Ecotourism training course at the Sustainable Municipalities Project, stated that & #8220; The Community Based Ecotourism work of the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte has been organized to many minds and hands, involving the protagonism of the community, the support of professionals from the area of tourism, the environment and sustainability. The unity of all has provided advances in building a more sustainable territory for current and future generations. Among the guiding actions are: responsible tourism, intergenerational dialogue, respect and appreciation of quilombola culture, as well as respect for nature. May we continue to sow sustainability with present and future generations & #8221 ;. To date, three modules have been held with the following themes: EcoTBC: Planning and Sustainability; EcoTBC products, services and roadmaps and the last one held on July 12-14, under the theme Communication and Marketing. In addition to content related to production, communication and dissemination strategies, the course covered nature and sustainability photography. From the report of Maristela Benites, minister of the Community-Based Ecotourism course & #8211; Mamede Institute for Environmental Research and Ecotourism, & #8220; The experience of building EcoTBC in the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa has been very special. Each step of this process is a conquest, full of challenges, especially because it is something new, but at the same time with many victories and discoveries. The success of the last module was not only due to the quality and content required for the implementation of this tourism modality, but also for the definitive inauguration of a differential tourist destination, rich in culture and biodiversity. The installed cards have several meanings from this perspective, but the main message conveyed is: 1 1T38220; Tourist, it may arrive that we are waiting for you! So let's build in favor of sustainable territories & #8221 ;.

© WWF-Brasil Collection

In this module with funding from the European Union (“European union”), Signposts were installed in some EcoTBC host households and at some points on the road. Families who have been participating since the beginning of the project received signposts of the services they offer to tourist, such as: camping, home accommodation (bed and breakfast) and meal. The course was special and symbolic as it definitely marked the materialization of EcoTBC in quilombola community, through the installation of the plates, which were kindly sponsored by the European Union with the support of WWF-Brazil. For Mr. Deoclides, member of the community, & #8220; Ecotourism course and the installation of community-based Ecotourism signs is a way of spreading the community, it is a way of saying that the quilombo community of Boa Sorte exists & #8221 ;. 

Residents of the quilombola community, university students, public managers, tourism experts, advertisers and tourism micro-entrepreneurs participated in the course. Elizandra Dutra, a turismologist and student of the Community-based Ecotourism training course in quilombola community, told us that & #8220; The dynamics and methodology used in the Community-Based Ecotourism course held in the Quilombola Furnas da Boa Sorte community enabled a better understanding of the contents covered, allowing everyone to experience in practice with the community all theoretical knowledge, further strengthening learning & #8221 ;.

The teachers, Rodrigo Motta talked about social media marketing, Don Eaton about sustainable municipalities, Simone Mamede about community-based ecotourism, Geancarlo Merighi about Caminhos dos Ipês Tourist Route, Alexandre on audiovisual production, Bolivar Porto on nature photography and Maristela Benites about sustainability. The contents integrated harmoniously. With so much inspiration from local socio-biodiversity, there was no shortage of raw materials for each speaker.

© Mamede Institute Collection

At the end of the course, the community provided us with earth products, such as banana, papaya and manioc, and culinary products made by them: garapa, rapadura, molasses, cakes and sweets. Products can be purchased from the community.

The Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte is a Community Based Ecotourism manager and can outline its own destiny.

The initiative is supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), and performed by WWF-Brasil and Mamede Institute, and integrates the project “Sustainable Municipalities, protecting the birthplace of Cerrado waters and the headwaters of the Pantanal”. In addition to community tourism, the project covers the collection of seeds from native species of the Cerrado for the recovery of degraded areas, which shows that the two integrated initiatives positively impact and add value to local and regional supply chains and show how it is possible to develop without destroying the Cerrado, keeping the environmental services provided by nature stable. Sustainability is glimpsed when communities are effectively involved and benefited, the environment is exploited responsibly and the economy thrives. According to Don Eaton, project coordinator, #8220;Beyond the scenic wonders, visitors to the Quilombola Furnas Community of Good Luck can relax and enjoy the hospitality of the community and its traditional food and crafts. The EU-funded and community-created plaques will help turn the tourism program into a real source of family income while preserving its natural environment & #8221;

© Mamede Institute Collection

Each step is an achievement and shows undeniable progress, the fruit of the commitment and unity of all. Gradually the dream has come true and we are moving forward in the construction of sustainable territories!

This module had the partnership of Fundtur (Mato Grosso do Sul Tourism Foundation), in the presence of the Tourism and Market Development Director & #8211; Geancarlo Merighi and professional Bolivar Porto. According to Geancarlo, & #8220; Community Based Tourism development projects are considered an important tool for income diversification in small farms. When it involves specific communities, such as Indigenous and Quilombola, Community-Based Tourism, besides diversifying income, has the ability to promote, in addition to their natural beauty, their culture and traditional way of life, ie the Promotion of Human Being & #8221 ;.

The Mamede Institute and WWF Brazil, thank and congratulate all the efforts of the community and partners who have joined the struggle for the construction of more sustainable territories and harmony with nature.


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Project supported by IEB and CEPF Cerrado participates in Brazil Environmental Management Forum 2019

The project coordinator Evaluation and Strengthening of the Cerrado Municipal Conservation UnitsLuiz Paulo Pinto, from the Ambiental Ltda. Team, participated in the Brazil Environmental Management Forum 2019 (FBGA 2019), held on June 26-28, in Campinas, SP. The FBGA was conceived by National Association of Municipalities of Environment - ANAMMA, for the meeting of public organizations from various spheres of government, non-governmental organizations and private companies. The purpose of the event is to discuss, exchange information and experience on various topics related to environmental management, especially at the municipal level.

The program of the second edition of the FBGA accounted for more than 6,000 participants and 30 simultaneous events in three days of event with lectures, seminars, workshops, debates, training, technical chambers, business roundtables, technology exhibitions and trade fair. It was about 500 municipal representatives including mayors, secretaries and municipal technicians. The event also had members of the National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM) and the National Front of Mayors (FNP).

Luiz Paulo Pinto participated in one of the panels of the session “Dialogues on Local Protected Areas - Provision of Information and Training for Municipalities”, organized by the project “Local Protected Areas”, known as APLocal. The purpose of this panel was to reflect on the capacity needs of municipalities to strengthen the management of local protected areas and the possible support of local technical cooperation. The results of the project “Evaluation and Strengthening of Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units” supported by CEPF Cerrado were presented, including a report on the course on the creation and implementation of Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units, held in Goiânia, in early April of this year. year.

Project Protected Areas Local Session at the 2019 Brazil Environmental Management Forum. Photo: © Robson Khalaf / ICLEI South America.

APLocais is a project of the Ministry of Environment of Brazil, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Ministry of Environment of Ecuador and Ministry of Environment of Peru. Germany's Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the project through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). Implementation in the four countries is carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHby ICLEI & #8211; Local Governments for Sustainability and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The project aims to contribute to strengthening the environmental management and governance of local governments for biodiversity conservation in municipal protected areas and other conservation measures. THE Ambiental Ltda. it's the CEPF Cerrado are part of the APLocal Monitoring Group.

The session “Dialogues on Local Protected Areas & #8221; It also promoted debates on the adequacy of municipal protected areas, the law of the National System of Conservation Units (SNUC), the exchange of successful management cases and financing mechanisms for municipal protected areas and the launch of the second edition of Publication “ Roadmap for the Creation of Municipal Conservation Units ”.

The project Evaluation and Strengthening of the Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units The objective of this study is to evaluate the scenario of the Cerrado municipal conservation units to strengthen local biodiversity protection policies, especially in the priority corridors of this region. hot spot. This project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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Grande Sertão Veredas National Park turns 30 years old

by Renata Andrade Peña via WWF-Brasil

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

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

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

Author: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

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

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

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

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

WWF-Brasil and the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where: LBV ParlaMundi Building, Brasilia

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New population of plateau dove was discovered in Cerrado

original text by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins / BirdLife International

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

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

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

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

Highland Roller. Photo: Ciro Albano / SAVE Brazil Collection

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

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

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

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

THE SAVE Brasil execute the project Saving the plateau roller and its unique habitat in the Cerrado with support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).


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

 

 

The 1st Partners Meeting and CEPF Cerrado Expert Meeting took place in Brasilia

From April 8 to 10 (2019), the CEPF Cerrado Regional Implementation Team promoted in Brasilia the 1st CEPF Partner Meeting and Expert Meeting Cerrado. The guests were attended by 56 representatives of organizations that conduct projects under CEPF Cerrado, experts, advisory board members and CEPF grant director Peggy Poncelet.

In the first two days the meeting had the goal present results achieved with the Fund to date, strategies for conservation of the Cerrado, celebrate results, point out ways for a possible next phase of CEPF in the Cerrado, promote integration among participants and strengthen the connection between projects. To this end, the entire CEPF team and its partners were immersed in sharing experiences, socializing themes such as restoration, research, territorial management, conservation, strengthening civil society, etc., in dialogue and recognition of the different territories that O CEPF encompasses and reflects the structure and operation of the Fund in the Cerrado. In the end, participants had the opportunity to evaluate CEPF and build a joint proposal of what could be the second phase of the fund in the Cerrado, should it occur. For Vilmar Costa, president of the Quilombo Kalunga Association, & #8220; this meeting was an opportunity to bring awareness to the Kalunga people, to commit to increasingly defend the Cerrado with partners and strengthen this network & #8221;

On the last day the meeting of experts, attended by part of the team of the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), researchers Mercedes Bustamente and Mônica Nogueira, both from the University of Brasilia and members of third sector organizations working in the biome, such as Isabel Figueiredo ( ISPN), Mario Barroso (TNC) and Marcos Tito (IUCN). On this day, CEPF Cerrado implementation strategy coordinator Michael Becker gave a presentation on CEPF Cerrado and the results of the partner meeting, and the group was invited to reflect on the present state and project a vision of the future for the Cerrado on topics such as global conservation priorities and best practices, actions by civil society organizations, global conservation priorities, public policies, and threats to conservation. Peggy Poncelet, CEPF's grant director, said she was delighted to have the opportunity to see so many people present and to monitor the engagement and contributions that each has brought to the discussions these days, and hopes that This meeting between people and institutions will be the opportunity for projects to interact in order to seek new partners and ideas, which will help in the implementation of these projects & #8221 ;.

 

First CEPF Cerrado partner meeting and expert meeting. Photo: IEB Collection
Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection
Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection
Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection

 


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CEPF Cerrado will host partner meeting and expert meeting to discuss Fund and Cerrado

The CEPF Cerrado Regional Implementation Team (acronym for Crytical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) will promote the partner meeting and expert meeting to discuss the biome as well as the actions and impacts of the Fund in the Cerrado. The event will happen between the days April 08-10, from 09h to 18h, at the Support Foundation for Research, Teaching, Extension and Institutional Development (FINATEC), in Brasília (DF).

This meeting has the goal present results achieved with CEPF to date, strategies for conservation of the Cerrado, celebrate results, promote integration among participants and strengthen the connection between projects. Invited will include representatives of CEPF project organizations, experts from various fields, advisory board members and CEPF grant director Peggy Poncelet. It is estimated that approximately 70 people will participate over these 3 days.

For Michael Becker, coordinator of the CEPF Cerrado implementation strategy, this will be the opportunity to think about the future vision of the CEPF in the Cerrado, and at the same time, a great opportunity for interaction between beneficiaries of ongoing projects & #8221 ;.

CEPF Partners Cerrado in the training offered in Brasilia in November (2018). Photo Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection
Teams from IEB, CEPF, CI, ECOA, Neotropic Foundation of Brazil and WWF-Brazil.
Meeting with project partners operating in the northeastern portion of the Cerrado. Photo: IEB Collection

 


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Project in focus: Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor

The Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor project: filling social and environmental gaps, which was executed by ECOA and was supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), was closed in January (2019) and aimed to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado, through the strengthening of non-timber extraction by communities and settlers of Mato Grosso do Sul.

With the purpose of optimizing the process of forest restoration started in 2016 in three rural settlements; will improve Cerrado fruit collection management, such as baru and bocaiúva and sensitize the market, promoting enhancement of by-products of native fruits of the Cerrado, the project achieved important impacts for the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor region.

In the end, the project expanded 1 of the 22.95 hectares of Mato Grosso do Sul Cerrado which were surrounded in 2016 with support from another project. This area is being restored, restoring the native vegetation and the recovery of 03 springs / streams: Madalena Stream and Lima Stream, in the Andalucia Settlement, Nioaque; and Agachi Stream, Bandeirantes Settlement, Miranda. In the area were also recorded the return of presence of native fauna, like raccoon or mangrove dog it's the tuiiú. In addition to this restoration process, the project team worked to promote the production of seedlings of native species of the Cerrado, made by settlers, in their own lots, giving them access to the seedlings, which are hardly found for sale in public or private nurseries in the state. By the end of the project 100 baru seedlings were produced, which were intended for planting in the fenced areas. Fifty guavira seedlings were also produced, in the early stages, 50 jatoba seedlings, and the project ended with the murici seeds, which will be sown this year.

ECOA staff also implemented the participatory monitoring in the project, through the citizen science tool, where the settlers indicated the fortnightly progress of the reforested areas and offered workshops that worked on the improvement of native fruit handling and processing techniques and the use of Agroforestry Systems properties, as an alternative to conservation and income generation in the settlements. The workshops also contributed to the rearticulation of the chain of local extractivismespecially baru, as well as the fair price debate. This was an opportunity to work to spread the potential of the native fruits of the Cerrado, consolidating product purchase markets. This articulation enabled the generation of alternative income for settled families, as well as the articulation of families from various settlements in the Miranda-Bodoquena corridor, for the collection and marketing of the chestnut itself.

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Also know the actions of ECOA in the Cerrado of Mato Grosso do Sul!

 

Area of 22 ha that has undergone a reforestation process and is being monitored by the project. ECOA Collection
Cerrado areas under restoration in Miranda, MS. Aryanne Amaral / IEB Collection
Native fauna in the area under restoration. ECOA Collection
ECOA Collection

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CEPF Cerrado and IEB Select 5 Small Support Projects in 3rd Call for Letters of Intent 2018

The Regional Implementation Team (RIT) of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado) makes the outcome of the proposal selection process official. Small Grants / Small Grants gives Tthird ChamLetter of Intent (CDI) 2018.

In response to the announcement, we received all 76 projectsamong Small and Big Supports. The proposals were initially screened where the eligibility criteria set out in the notice were reviewed. Then, each project was evaluated by two external experts who scored the proposals according to the criteria defined by CEPF in conjunction with the IEB. The best technically evaluated projects were submitted for review and final decision by a selection committee.

The projects were evaluated considering the specific outline of this second notice that sought to support actions focused on the following Investment Priorities: 2.1 - Support studies and analyzes needed to justify the creation and expansion of public protected areas, promoting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the enhancement of local and traditional culture.2.2 - Promote the inclusion of existing indigenous peoples, quilombolas and traditional populations, respecting and integrating their traditional knowledge, for conservation / restoration planning by government and civil society; and 6.2 - Develop and strengthen technical and management capacities. from civil society organizations on environment, conservation strategy and planning, policy dialogue, resource mobilization, in accordance with regulations and other topics relevant to investment priorities.

In the end, were approved Five Proposals for Small Support that best responded to the specific clipping of this notice. Below we provide, in alphabetical order by the name of the organization, the list of the 05 (five) small projects selected in this Third Call 2018:

No. Investment Priority Project name Organization INITIALS
1 2.1

Proposal of creation of conservation units in the city of Uberaba (MG) Association for the Environmental Management of the Triangulo Mineiro ANGÁ
2 6.2 Cerrado Island in Central Brazil: Xavante Governance for Conservation Xavante Association of Etenhiritipá AXE
3 2.2 Poke & #8217; exhaust uti: managing and protecting our territory for the autonomy of the Terena people Indian Work Center CTI
4 2.2 Integrating the traditional Cajueiro community in the conservation of protected areas in Januária, MG Institute for Social and Ecological Development IDESE
5 6.2 Caring for the Cerrado and promoting life Riacho dos Machados Rural Workers Union STR

The Small Projects who have been selected will receive individual announcements about the next steps. Proposals that have not been selected have already received individual announcements about the outcome of the selection process.

We inform interested parties that Big ones Projects They also went through these evaluation stages in Brazil and were referred to the CEPF team in Washington, which consists of the final stage of the selection process and final decision. Shortly, applicants submitting their projects in this category will receive an individual statement from the Washington (USA) team.

We welcome the small projects selected and wish everyone that this partnership that is just beginning is a great growth for all of us!

We thank all the organizations that submitted their projects in this Third Call, congratulating them for their invaluable work in the conservation of our dear Cerrado biome!

 

Brasilia, March 14, 2019

 

Regards,

CEPF Cerrado Regional Implementation Team (RIT)

International Institute of Education of Brazil

SCLN 211 Block B Rooms 101 and 102, Asa Norte, Brasília-DF

Tel. 55 (61) 3248-7449 Zip code. 70863-532

www.cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br


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IEB hires CEPF Cerrado meeting moderation / facilitation professional

The Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) hires professional to moderate / facilitate meeting Midterm Assessment / Long-Term Vision (Medium Term Evaluation / Long Term Vision) of the Cerrado Hotspot from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado). Those interested can apply for the vacancy until the day March 19th.

CEPF is a joint program of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, Government of Japan and World Bank, in order to offer financing to protect unique and threatened ecosystems - known also as biodiversity hotspots.

In Brazil, CEPF has the support of IEB, which will hold an event with all beneficiaries of current projects. The meeting is scheduled for April 8-10. See the reference term.

Via International Institute of Education of Brazil

 

 

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

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

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

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

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Project seeks to strengthen environmental management and governance of local governments for biodiversity conservation

THE Ambiental 44 Ltda., responsible for the project “Evaluation and Strengthening of the Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units” supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), was represented at the last meeting of the year of the Project Coordination Working Group (WG Brazil) “Protected Areas and other area-based conservation measures at local government level”, also known as “Local Protected Areas”.

“Local Protected Areas” It is a project of the Ministry of Environment (MMA) of Brazil, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) of Colombia, Ministry of Environment (MAE) of Ecuador and Ministry of Environment (MINAM) of Peru. Germany's Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the project through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). Implementation in the four countries is carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHby ICLEI & #8211; Local Governments for Sustainability and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The project aims to contribute to strengthening the environmental management and governance of local governments for biodiversity conservation in municipal protected areas and other conservation measures.

© Luiz Paulo Pinto

Since the beginning of the project “Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units”, a Environmental it's the CEPF Cerrado were invited to be part of the Brazil WG of the “Local Protected Areas”. Thus, the institutions of both projects are sharing information, actions and seeking ways to collaborate to enhance the initiatives. The meeting of GT Brasil, December 4th, in Brasilia (DF), was to discuss the partnership, aiming at valuing the Ecological ICMS in the country. Activities are planned, such as updating the website www.icmsecologico.org, br and the support of discussions on improving this important tribute linked to the conservation of biodiversity. The meeting was also important to update the actions of the “Local Protected Areas” in Brazil and the validation of the project's Annual Operating Plan (POA).

* Text provided by Ambiental 44


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Training in Cerrado seedling production brings together traditional peoples and communities in Mato Grosso do Sul

In November, the community of Aldeia Brejão promoted a practice in Cerrado seedling production, through the project Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão. This project receives support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

The training workshop involved representatives from the Hanaiti Yomo'omo Association (AHY), the Ecology and Action NGO (ECOA), São Miguel quilombola community, Água Branca Village, Taboquinha Village, Rural Extension Agency, Angelina Vicente Indigenous State School, Municipal School Eugênio de Souza and representatives of the Cerrado Production, Research and Training Center (Ceppec), located in the Andalucia settlement, in Nioaque / MS.

The project Seedling nursery for agroforestry production in Aldeia Brejãowhich runs Hanaiti Yomomo Association (AHY), aims to include indigenous peoples in the community development process, ensuring a sustainable alternative in food security, the use of new social technologies, sustainable use of land and plant species in the Cerrado, as well as adding value and generating income through agricultural and extractivist means. One of the main components of this project is to train community members in agroecological transition and agroforestry systems, as well as in the production of fruits of plant species of the Cerrado. THE Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species It took place between November 30 and December 1, 2018 and was taught by Dr. Zefa Valdivina Pereira (UNICAMP). According to Alexandro Souza, project manager, & #8220; the two days of workshop were extremely rewarding work days & #8221 ;.

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Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão, Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species, November 2018.
Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão, Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species, November 2018.
Seedling Nursery for Agroforestry Production in Aldeia Brejão, Training Workshop for Production of Seedlings of Native Cerrado Species, November 2018.

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IEB hires Grant Manager for CEPF Cerrado

 

Brasilia, November 29, 2018

The IEB (International Institute of Education of Brazil) is a non-economic Brazilian civil association created in 1998, whose mission is to “strengthen social actors and their leading role in building a just and sustainable society”. IEB's institutional objectives are: to promote the effectiveness of the social and environmental rights of peoples and communities in the countryside and cities; support actions aimed at territorial planning; increase the incidence of public policies in the territories in which we operate; and support and implement actions aimed at improving territorial and environmental management.

Ref .: Hiring a qualified multilingual professional as the Cerrado Hotspot Regional Implementation Team (RIT) Grant Manager for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado) for immediate start.

 

Opening date: November 29, 2018                                                         

Closing date: December 20, 2018

 

Presentation

The International Institute of Education of Brazil want to hire a qualified multilingual professional for the position of Regional Implementation Team (RIT) Grant Manager Cerrado Hotspot of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado) for immediate start.

The Grant Manager is a full-time Regional Implementation Team (RIT) position in Brasilia to be occupied by a fluent English and Portuguese professional with the appropriate technical and managerial skills / experience and a strong track record. of complex and long-term program management.

Main atributions

The Grant Manager is a two and a half year full-time position to be held at the IEB office headquarters in Brasilia, which will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the RIT Team Leader to fulfill all functions of the nine components of the RIT TdR (see Annex 1, in English)
  • Assist the RIT Team Leader in the liaison role between the CEPF Secretariat, the rest of the team, and potential candidates, beneficiaries, and other relevant stakeholders in carrying out the work of the RIT;
  • Know and commit to follow the Ecosystem Profile's strategic guidelines, investment priorities and goals of the logical framework, as well as the procedures required in the CEPF Operational Manual;
  • Work in close collaboration and direct interaction with the RIT Team Leader and Program Assistant in conducting, supporting, and coordinating the work of the CEPF Cerrado Advisory Council, technical evaluation, and selection committees;
  • Assist the RIT Team Leader in preparing and launching calls for proposals for the Cerrado Hotspot, which includes producing and editing English and Portuguese documents, managing the online system and coordinating the various stages of the selection process and large grants;
  • Lead the Small Grants Hiring process in the Cerrado Hotspot, which includes the flow of IEB / CEPF documents and requirements prior to contract signing;
  • Lead the management of Small Grant contracts with beneficiaries, thus being responsible for all issues of contract management, grant payments, review and approval of financial and technical reports;
  • Provide direct and ongoing guidance and training to Small Grant beneficiaries on CEPF provisions, grant agreement requirements, administrative and financial instructions during the implementation of the grant;
  • Assist the RIT Team Leader in implementing the program progress monitoring and evaluation strategy, tools, and reports, in accordance with the CEPF Portfolio and Global Indicators, by joining the RIT Team Leader and Program Assistant on field supervision visits;
  • Submit and upload all requested documents for Small Grants into CEPF's online database according to procedures to be explained during training;
  • Assist the RIT Team Leader in explaining the provisions of the Major Concessions agreement and the administrative instructions in Portuguese or English to beneficiaries during the implementation of the grant;
  • Prepare and conduct training sessions for small and large beneficiaries, in partnership with the RIT Team Leader and Program Assistant on all training tasks;
  • Assist the RIT team leader in networking among beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders in the Cerrado Hotspot.

To apply, applicants should first study the CEPF Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot Ecosystem Profile (http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/cerrado/hotspot-do-cerrado/); Carefully read the job description in English and send the following documentation to Michael Becker, RIT Team Leader (michael.becker@iieb.org.br) with a copy to CEPF Cerrado (cepfcerrado@iieb.org.br):

  • A complete CV with personal and professional references;
  • A 2 page maximum cover letter, describing motivations, availability, why you qualify for the job and other relevant information.

Must be on the email subject: “Vacancy Grant Manager”

At some point in the review process, selected candidates will be interviewed & #8211; directly or remotely & #8211; for further evaluation of work qualifications and skills and understanding of the Cerrado Hotspot Ecosystem Profile.

The names and resumes of candidates for CEPF Cerrado Hotspot Grant Manager will be submitted to CEPF for final approval prior to actual employment.

 

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Project promotes training in production of seedlings of native Cerrado species in Aldeia Brejão, Mato Grosso do Sul

The project Vseedling nursery for agroforestry production in Aldeia Brejãowhich runs Hanaiti Yomomo Association (AHY), aims to include indigenous peoples in the community development process, ensuring a sustainable alternative in food security, the use of new social technologies, sustainable use of land and plant species in the Cerrado, as well as adding value and generating income through agricultural and extractivist means.

One of the main components of this project is to train community members in agroecological transition and agroforestry systems, as well as in the production of fruits of plant species of the Cerrado. Therefore, on November 30 and December 1, 2018 AHY invites interested parties to participate in the Cerrad Native Seedling Production Capacity Building Workshopo, which will be taught by Dr. Zefa Valdivina Pereira (UNICAMP).

 

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CEPF and IEB launch new call for projects in Cerrado

 

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for the Cerrado hotspot and the Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) launch the Third Call for Letters of Intent (CDI) targeted at innovative and relevant conservation projects. Interested parties can apply until December 12, 2018.

This call is open to community groups and associations, non-governmental organizations, private companies, universities (foundations), 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 for the invitation to bid must address only the following Investment Priorities:

● Investment Priority 2.1 - Support studies and analyzes needed to justify the creation and expansion of public protected areas, promoting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the enhancement of local and traditional culture.

● Investment Priority 2.2 - Promote the inclusion of indigenous peoples, quilombolas and existing traditional populations, while respecting and integrating their traditional knowledge, for conservation / restoration planning by government and civil society.

● Investment Priority 6.2 - Develop and strengthen the technical and management capacities of civil society organizations in environmental matters, conservation strategy and planning, policy dialogue, resource mobilization, in accordance with regulations and other topics relevant to investment priorities.

Access the full notice of Third Call on the CEPF Cerrado website. Specific questions can be taken by email (cepfcerrado@iieb.org.br) or go to the FAQs.

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IEB and CEPF promote in November Third Cerrado Project Call

The International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) invites civil society organizations, community groups, businesses and other stakeholders for presentations on the 3rd Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Notice. Hot spot Thick. In addition to the presentation of the announcement, training will be held, focused on projects already contracted by CEPF.

The presentation of the announcement and the training have already been held in Arinos (MG), Campo Grande (MS) and Campinas (SP). The next performances will take place in the cities of Teresina (PI), Belo Horizonte (MG) and Brasilia (DF):

Teresina: 11/19 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Location: Pastoral Land Commission & #8211; Rua Desembargador Pires de Castro, 631 & #8211; North center.

Belo Horizonte: 11/23 from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Venue: Auditorium of the Regional Council of Biology (CRBio) & #8211; Av. Amazonas, 298 & #8211; 15th floor.

Brasilia: 11/27 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Location: Assunção Retreat House & #8211; SGAN 611, L2 North, module E, Brasília-DF.  

The main themes in this third announcement will be the management of protected areas, mosaics and biosphere reserves; the involvement of traditional and indigenous populations in territory management and capacity building for civil society organizations.

CEPF wishes to improve the technical and management conditions of civil society organizations in the Cerrado, strengthening them for the proposition, implementation and management of projects focusing on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the hotspot. This improvement will take place through training including gender related to the conservation of natural resources.

The Fund seeks to protect the world's most biologically rich and endangered regions known as priority hotspots of biodiversity. A key objective is to ensure civil society engagement in biodiversity conservation. CEPF is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Fund, the Government of Japan, the John D. Foundation and the World Bank.

Make your registration in site for more information.

News published on site from the International Institute of Education of Brazil.

 

Teresine (PI) & #8211; November 19th
Belo Horizonte (MG) & #8211; November 23
Brasilia (DF) & #8211; November 27th

Projects in focus: Buriti - income generation for youth and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadas

Photo: © Large Sertão Collection
Photo: © Large Sertão Collection

 

In the month of August Grande Sertão Cooperative, who runs the project Buriti - income generation for youth and women, conservation of Veredas and Chapadas with support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), made a visit to Belém (PA) in order to consolidate and build new marketing channels for the Cerrado mineiro socio-biodiversity products. The featured product is the buriti oil, which is prepared at the industrial plant of the Cooperative Grande Sertão, in Montes Claros (MG). To this end, the Cooperative has more than 400 families of family farmers and registered extractivists, who supply the pulp of buriti “raspa”, which is used to produce the famous oil, rich in nutrients. The focus of this activity was to visit cosmetic and food companies such as NATURA and BERACA.

This September, the Greater Sertão was visited by a group of technicians from Rio Grande Sul, representing the CETAP & #8211; Popular Alternative Technologies Center. The focus of the exchange was to learn about the experiences developed with the use of sociobiodiversity products. The work developed with communities, farmers, family farmers and extractivists in the productive arrangement of the buriti It was presented as an innovative experience in the region, which made it possible to build a dialogue for the future establishment of a partnership between the institutions. Later this month, the Cooperative Grande Sertão will be in the field with the communities of Peruaçu and Xacriabá Indigenous Land, to evaluate the crop of buriti.

 

* Text provided by the Cooperative Grande Sertão


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Rede Cerrado launches new website in event that brought together associated and partner entities

Consisting of 54 associated entities and around 300 grassroots organizations, the Cerrado Network, which resumed the activities of the Executive Secretariat earlier this year, brought together affiliated and partner institutions for a fellowship to celebrate the Cerrado National Day. On the occasion, there was the launch of new site Cerrado Network that is now available for access on different screens, computer, mobile phone or tablet, by address www.redecerrado.org.br.

Rede Cerrado executes the project #8220; Fortified Network, Conserved Cerrado & #8221;, which aims to broaden the political impact of the Network on the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of public policies related to the promotion of sustainable development with respect to the rights of family farmers, peoples and traditional communities in the Cerrado biome. The project is supported by the International Institute of Education of Brazil It's from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF Cerrado)

See the full article on site from the Cerrado Network.

Cerrado Network Coordination. IEB / Aryanne Amaral Collection

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Cerrado miner has another action to protect the faveiro-de-Wilson

© F. Fernandes / SAFZBH Collection

 

The fire It is an indispensable agent for maintaining biodiversity in the different savannas of the world. As the Cerrado is classified as the Brazilian savanna, fire plays a very important role in maintaining certain ecosystems and species of its flora. However, it should be noted that the naturally occurring fire, that is, caused by lightning or spontaneous combustion is different from indiscriminate burning, which when provoked is extremely harmful to the Cerrado's biodiversity.

To perform a conservation work on the tree known as wilson's faveiro in the municipality of Pequi, Minas GeraisIn July the forest fire brigade was created. Pequi is located in the midwest of Minas Gerais, 182 km from Belo Horizonte and concentrates the largest number of trees of this species. The brigade is made up of 16 volunteer brigade members resident in Pequi, who in June received full theoretical and practical training offered by the NGO Brigada 1 and the faveiro-de-wilson Conservation Program. The creation of this brigade was one of the actions provided for in National Action Plan for Conservation of this species.

This action is part of the project. & #8220; Handling and protection of wilson's faveiro & #8221;, which aims to increase protection for the faveiro and its habitat by implementing actions from its National Action Plan. The project is executed by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanical Foundation and is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB). Read the full article on site from the Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanic Foundation.


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FENABARU 2018: Second National Baru Party | Full Schedule |

Here comes the Second National Party of Baru (FENABARU 2018) that will take place in the municipality of Arinos, Minas Gerais, August 16-19, 2018. Our partner, Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, is one of the partners of this initiative, which has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)through the project Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Conservation of Biodiversity in the Urucuiano Sertão, which aims to diversify sustainable agroextractive production in the municipalities of Arinos, Riachinho, Bonfinópolis de Minas, Urucuia, Chapada Gaucha, Uruana de Minas, Natalândia and Pintópolis.

 

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

 

Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB

 

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

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

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

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

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

Continuous work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Text provided by WWF-Brasil and Instituto Mamede

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

 


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.

 

 

FENABARU 2018: Second National Baru Party

 

Here comes the Second National Party of Baru (FENABARU 2018) that will take place in the municipality of Arinos, Minas Gerais, August 16-19, 2018. Our partner, Sustainable Family Farming Cooperative Based on Solidarity Economy - COPABASE, is one of the partners of this initiative, which has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)through the project Sustainable Production Practices as Promoters of Conservation of Biodiversity in the Urucuiano Sertão, which aims to diversify sustainable agroextractive production in the municipalities of Arinos, Riachinho, Bonfinópolis de Minas, Urucuia, Chapada Gaucha, Uruana de Minas, Natalândia and Pintópolis.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

Socio-environmental organizations want to base Cerrado conservation on presidential candidate programs

 

Proposed national strategy for the biome also includes the defense of the territorial rights of the peoples and traditional communities of the region. Guidelines will be delivered to candidates for President of the Republic

Brasilia, June 4, 2018 - O Cerrado It is more than the world's granary for Brazilian agricultural production, it is also the water tank of Brazil. The statement by former Federal District Secretary for the Environment, André Lima, shows the need for the next President of the Republic to review the form of occupation of the biome, which has suffered increasing devastation in recent years. “To this day no president has considered the Cerrado as a biome it is,” Lima emphasized.

In order to reconcile the necessary actions for the economic, social and environmental development of the country, six social and environmental organizations met to promote the seminar. “National Strategy for the Cerrado”, to be delivered to all candidates for president by August this year. The seminar will take place on June 5 - World Environment Day - and will be held by Commission for Environment and Sustainable Development (CMADS), in plenary 2, of Annex II, of the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia.

The proposal to be presented to the presidential candidate has three axes. The first is the conservation and recovery of the Cerrado. This guideline includes the implementation of environmental legislation, the strengthening of protected areas and the goal of zero net deforestation in the Cerrado, safeguarding the particularities of family farmers, peoples and traditional communities. The second is the guarantee of territorial rights and access to natural resources by traditional populations and extractive communities. The third axis is the most challenging: integrating agricultural development with the conservation and integrity of the biome to ensure sustainable development for the environment. “Today, the Cerrado is a region seen only for the development of agribusiness and livestock”, points out André Lima.

“The Cerrado is a spring region of the Amazon, São Francisco, Tocantins, North / Northeast Atlantic basin, East Atlantic basin and the Paraná / Paraguay river basin,” explains the environmentalist.

The National Strategy Coordination for the Cerrado is made up of six socio-environmental organizations: the institutes Society, Population and Nature (ISPN), International Education of Brazil (IEB), Amazonian Environmental Research (IPAM), Socio-Environmental (ISA), Center of Life (ICV) and the World Fund for Nature (WWF-Brazil). The seminar will be supported by Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) and with resources from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

Cerrado threatened

The Cerrado is the second largest biome in Brazil and houses 40% of the Brazilian population. They are family farmers, communities and traditional people - quilombolas, Gerizeiros (northern Minas Gerais), babassu coconut breakers, indigenous peoples, among others - there are 216 indigenous lands and 83 ethnic groups in its interior.

As for water, it houses the Guarani aquifer - the second largest underground reservoir in the world, besides the Bambuí and Urucuia aquifers. Part of the Southeast depends on rainwater and springs in the Cerrado.

The Brazilian Cerrado is one of the most endangered savannas on the planet. It currently has only 50% of its original plant cover. Only 5% of its area is protected by fully protected conservation units.

Speaking of devastation, it is a threat to a biodiversity-rich biome. Some studies report more than 12,000 cataloged species of native flora.

Regarding fauna, about 250 species of mammals live in the Cerrado, along with a rich birdlife, with 856 species recorded. The diversity of 800 fish species, 262 reptile species and 204 amphibian species is high and relevant for maintaining Cerrado ecosystems.

For more information about the event visit the website CMADS It's this one link.