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

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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!