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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.


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.

 

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For an isolated community in Brazil, knowledge is power

The Kalunga community is using mapping data to defend their land and traditional way of life.

translated from text published by Marsea Nelson, Senior Communications Manager, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund 

 

Several hundred years ago, in Brazil, fugitive slave groups established communities & #8211; known as quilombos. Many of these communities were destroyed, but in a remote mountainous region of Goiás, some 8,000 of their descendants & #8211; the people Kalunga & #8211; it continues a traditional lifestyle largely isolated from the modern world.

Today, however, this modern world is forming for this community. The Kalungas found themselves fighting for both their culture and their ancestral land, which lies within the impressive region of Veadeiros Plateau (Goiás, Brazil), which is part of hot spot in Cerrado biodiversity.

The Kalunga are mainly Catholic. However, some converted to neo-Pentecostalism, which brought some differences with community members who continue to hold traditional beliefs.

Community children learn about local biodiversity. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

In addition, younger Kalungas leave the territory to study or work. “When they return, they bring musical influences, outside dancing and new habits,” said Vilmar Souza Costa, president of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK). “They also bring a new vision of how to relate to the land, wanting to apply new technologies to cultivate it and fight pests, which are more appropriate for agribusiness.”

At threats to Kalunga lands they include imminent plans for the construction of a small hydroelectric plant and consistent pressure from mining companies, as well as an increase in land used for agriculture.

Pasture areas have grown over the years and open areas are already taking over the territory, Costa said. He also noted that populations of many species of local biodiversity & #8211; including tapirs, armadillos, rheas and fish & #8211; decreased.

The project field team. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

Recognizing these challenges, the community established the Quilombo Kalunga Association in 1999 to represent and defend their interests.

In 2013, the idea of using the geoprocessing to better understand families living in the region and territory, documenting precisely what Kalunga lands housed, where they were most vulnerable and where there were the best opportunities to implement tourism.

Finding funding for the project, however, proved challenging. Government funds failed and efforts to find another donor did not materialize until five years later, when CEPF granted the Association its first Donation of US$ 216,600.00.

& #8220; In the Cerrado, working with traditional peoples and communities is an important part of our strategy & #8221; said Peggy Poncelet, CEPF grant director. #8220; Not every donor is equipped to provide the kind of technical support that a developing organization such as AQK requires, but CEPF is.

Kalunga Territory. Photo: ©P. Poncelet / CEPF Collection

With funding finally in place, a specialist was hired by AQK to train 24 young Kalungas in GIS and Open Data Kit, which is a data collection toolkit that does not require an internet connection. They then began to systematically gather socioeconomic information about local residents of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage.

The work was not easy & #8211; The team faced heavy rains and bad roads. Sometimes they would go to hard to reach places, only to find that the family was not at home. This fieldwork was a complicated process, but, according to Costa, the young people took on with “enthusiasm and joy”.

The information collected in the survey is being useful on many fronts. The state sanitation company will use the data to improve water supply and sanitation in the community. Information about which families have dogs and chickens will be used by the Department of Health to help fight Chagas disease, which can cause serious health complications. Meanwhile, a federal organization is using data on land cultivation and animal husbandry to provide farmers with more efficient technical assistance.

Vilmar Costa, president of AQK, spoke to the community about the 19 endangered species occurring in the Kalunga Territory. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

Awareness raising is another essential component of the CEPF funded project. Presentations about 19 endangered species found in the region were widely reported in local schools and municipalities. & #8220; Participating students and teachers posted photos and comments on their social networks, which eventually led to large-scale knowledge of the 19 species of Chapada dos Veadeiros & #8221 ;, said Costa. AQK also made presentations during community meetings and distributed calendars and banners describing local biodiversity and how to protect it.

AQK is now working on creating a online platform which will allow each family to update their own information.

The project was also reported locally by the The Brazilian Report and Eyeing The Ruralists. Recently, the portal G1 Nature has published a series of articles and videos about the Kalunga community.

Read the original text of this article, which is available in English at site CEPF.

About Quilombo Kalunga Association and CEPF Cerrado

The Quilombo Kalunga Association is a non-profit, non-profit civil organization founded in October 1999. It is formed by the Kalunga Associations of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre, Teresina and Engenho II, as well as Epotecampo. She represents the largest quilombo territory in Brazil, with 262 thousand hectares of land. The Association promotes the defense of interest of all communities formed by residents of the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site (SHPCK), scattered between the municipalities of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre de Goiás and Teresina de Goiás, and represent them in all instances. legal and administrative

The project “Use of Geoprocessing in the Management of the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site - SHPCK”, fostered by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, from the acronym in English to Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand with support from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)The project aims to know in depth the reality of Kalunga communities, use geoprocessing technology to map the territory in detail, promote SHPCK occupation in a more sustainable way and make Kalunga internationally recognized as advocates of biodiversity conservation. .


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.

 

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.


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.

 

 

Documentary #8220; The Cerrado is a Piece of Me #8221;

via WWF-Brasil

The production and collection of native fruits of the Cerrado allow the conservation of the biome that has already lost 50% from the original area, as it keeps the native trees standing and curbs the deforestation of the area.

Since 2010, WWF-Brasil has encouraged the agroextractivism and the formation of cooperatives as an alternative to protecting the Cerrado. THE sustainable plant extractivism It generates income and quality of life for local communities, favoring the permanence of traditional peoples in rural areas and reducing rural-city migration.

Watch to the documentary & #8220; The Cerrado is a Piece of Me & #8221; and get to know stories of people who make it happen and honor this exclusively Brazilian biome.

With the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), WWF-Brasil executes the project Strengthening Integral Territorial Management in the Specially Protected Areas of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaicwhat Its purpose is to integrate and strengthen the management of the specially protected areas of the Mosaic. One of the actions that has been developed in the project is the implementation of the strategy of strengthening community enterprises in the territory, focusing on the productive chain of sustainable extraction of native Cerrado flora.


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.


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.

 

 

Rede Cerrado launches campaign for IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair

via Cerrado Network

IT'S ALL OR NOTHING!

The campaign for crowdfunding for the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People is in the air. Do you know why this meeting is important?

Held since 2001, the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair is a great space for exchanging experiences and articulations in defense of the Biome and its peoples.

The ninth edition of the Meeting is an intense moment of mobilization and integration among various sectors and actors interested in defending the Cerrado and its peoples.

In addition to being a great celebration for the gathering of the diversity of the Cerrado peoples, it has become an important instrument for articulation and strengthening of peoples, as well as being a means of accessibility and discussion of public policies and the commercialization of Peoples' products. from the Cerrado.

For the Living Cerrado: Diversities, Territories and Democracy. This will be the theme of the ninth edition of the Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair. Opening on September 11, Cerrado National Day, the Meeting and Fair will be held in Brasilia until September 14 and will be a space for debates, reflections and exchanges of experiences on the reality of the biome and the challenges faced by the peoples and traditional communities that inhabit the Cerrado.

It was to raise complementary funds for the event, that the Cerrado Network launches a crowdfunding campaign so that anyone fighting for the conservation of the Cerrado and its people can collaborate with the construction of the meeting.

Who organizes the Cerrado People Meeting and Fair?

The Cerrado Network! A collective of organizations that brings together 54 formally affiliated organizations and about three hundred organizations participating in the activities of the Network.

We count on your support!

See more details of the collective funding for the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fair at the link and be part of this great solidarity network: https://benfeitoria.com/encontroefeirapovosdocerrado

 


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.

 

 

Workshop promoted by Rede Cerrado in November brought together representatives of traditional peoples and communities

In order to debate and dialogue about territorial rights, including land disputes and conflicts, especially in the countryside, and to learn about new forms of territorial Cerrado Network promoted on November 6 and 7, in Brasilia, the I Territories Workshop. The meeting brought together representatives of traditional peoples and communities (PCTs) living in the Cerrado and from civil society organizations. Read full article on site from the Cerrado Network.

The Cerrado, today, it is proportionally the most deforested biome in Brazil. According to data from the Ministry of the Environment, half of the Cerrado's native vegetation no longer exists. The area with the highest incidence is MATOPIBA (Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia), a region named as the last agricultural frontier in the country. The Cerrado, especially MATOPIBA, suffers from the indiscriminate advance of commodities agribusiness. “It turns out that in these areas we have dozens of Indigenous Lands, hundreds of land reform settlements, Quilombola Territories that are directly affected by the constitution of this new frontier for large-scale agriculture in Brazil,” explains University of Brasilia researcher Mônica Nogueira, Master in Sustainable Development and PhD in Anthropology.

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, respecting the rights of family farmers, peoples and traditional communities. The project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The Cerrado Network works to promote sustainability, in defense of the conservation of the Cerrado and its peoples. Indirectly, the Cerrado Network brings together more than 300 organizations that identify with the social and environmental cause of the biome.

* Adapted from the text of Thays Puzzi / Communication Officer of the Cerrado Network.

 

I Cerrado Network Territories Workshop. © Cerrado Network Collection / Thays Puzzi

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.

 

 

Peruaçu: The Silent Scream of the Path

The project Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic, which is run by the Pró-Natureza Foundation and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), aims to promote the strengthening of the management of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic. O 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 like “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 *.

Peruaçu: The Silent Scream of the Path is a film that portrays the life of these sertanejos of the Peruaçu River basin region, north of Minas Gerais. The characters are typical & #8216; greener & #8217; who struggle to survive in the face of current water scarcity. It is a small snippet of the reality of the local population. The film's central couple, Dona Nelinda and Zé Torino, are a reference in terms of environmental preservation in the region. The film features the direction and script of Alexandre Jorge Padua and Paulo Henrique Sousa. Check out the movie teaser!

* Text taken from the Mosaic Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu website. Available in: http://mosaicosvp.com.br/o-mosaico/


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.

 

 

Kalunga community gains ownership of areas important to its territory

Kalunga Community / © Ion David

 

On June 6 at 10 am, Attorney General Dr. Luiz Cesar Kimura, representing Governor Zé Eliton and the state of Goiás, accompanied by Dr. Vavá, handed the Deed of Grant of Real Right of Use to the President gives Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK), Vilmar Souza Costa, from the following areas:

PROPERTY NAME

AREA (ha)

Gleba Vacant Kid

3.682,5639

Gleba Vacant Gap of Souls

57.343,4438

Serra da Contenda I Biological Reserve

14.207,0000

TOTAL

75.233,0077

The ceremony was attended by a large number of Kalungas, the Boards of the Associations, the Judge of the Cavalcante County Dr. Pedro Piazzalunga Cesario Pereira, the Promoter Dr. Úrsula Catarina Pereira Pinto, the Mayor Rui Alves Maciel and the Councilors Kalungas Iron Moreira Dias and Salviano dos Santos Rosa. The joy of the Kalunga people during the solemnity was very great.

This conquest of the tenure of these three areas is extremely important for the consolidation of the territory of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage (SHPCK), fruit of the struggle of the Quilombo Kalunga Association. The communities of Teresina, Monte Alegre and Cavalcante received an entourage from the government of the state of Goiás that handed over the land use deed. Now Kalunga territory has these areas, which add up to 75,233,0077 hectares14,000 hectares belong to the Serra da Contenda I Biological Reserve.

SHPCK has approximately 39 regions which may be called communities, where more than 1,500 families. Kalungas have lived in the mountain ranges for approximately 300 years and have a harmonious relationship with the environment. The community also carries very strong culture and historical tradition in its people through crafts such as ceramics, weaving, embroidery and the production of home remedies.

Through the project “Use of Geoprocessing in the Management of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage”, The Quilombo Kalunga Association with the support of CEPF Cerrado (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) implement the improvement and consolidation of SHPCK's environmental and territorial management through Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for permanent territorial management, as well as the sustainable use of natural resources, aiming at guaranteeing the improvement in the quality of life for all residents and for future generations.  Access the link to know more about this initiative!

2018 has been a year of consolidating countless victories of the Kalunga people!

 

Kalunga community at the solemnity of the delivery of the Deed for the granting of real use of the areas
Kalunga community at the solemnity of the delivery of the Deed for the granting of real use of the areas
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.