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What is an RPPN? Private Reserve of Natural Heritage

by Yuri Salmona, Instituto Cerrados

Protecting ecosystems is a task for everyone, not just the state. Rural Owners play an important role in this task, because before being an agricultural producer they are unconditionally natural resource managers. I say this because the farmer depends on climate, soil nutrients, pollination, availability and water quality among many other ecosystem services. So protecting the natural environments that protect these services must be natural to the landowner, and some, more involved and aware of these issues, protect areas beyond their legal reserves, they create Private Natural Heritage Reserves, RPPNs.

These reserves are Sustainable Use Conservation Units, where the owner himself takes the initiative to protect a particular area of his property so that tourism, research, education and conservation can be done. These areas are exempt from Rural Territorial Tax (ITR) and are state-sponsored, being priorities in actions supported by the Chico Mendes Conservation Institute (ICMBio). In addition, owners have numerous opportunities to monetize these areas, with different activities, ranging from eco-tourism, research support, gastronomy and the Rural Environmental Credit (CRA), all these and other points will be covered in other posts.

The Cerrado It has over 251 RPPNs, totaling more than 170,000 hectares and this is equivalent to 24% of the country's RPPNs. The Cerrados Institute invests efforts in the creation of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN) and actions to promote the Sustainable Use of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) since 2009, having already created 7 Reserves in the project Pyrenees Mountain Protection Mosaic, supported by the Barriguda and Headwaters Stream Association of Rio das Almas (ACBCR) and sponsored by Nature and Culture International (NCI).

To know the project go to cerrados.org. You can also create your own Reserve and we can help you! Contact us through our website!

The Cerrados Institute is a non-governmental organization focused on the conservation and sustainable uses of Cerrado, founded in 2009.


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.