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Online meeting to discuss sustainable coffee production

By Bárbara Ferragini & #8211; Environmental Journalism / Social Media

It happens on the day November 24, at 4 pm (Brasília time), the live & #8220; Café Territory & #8211; RPPN and Econegócios & #8221 ;. Organized by the project Private Cerrado Reserves, supported by the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems and the International Education Institute of Brazil, the event highlights the importance of sustainable production of one of the great commodities of Brazilian production, coffee. A product consumed worldwide and which in recent years has conquered an increasingly demanding public, which seeks quality and which values brands that are concerned with minimizing environmental impacts. The coffee segment, in turn, has been working to meet these new demands and market opportunities, based on the principles of sustainability.

On the occasion, the participants speakers:

& #8211; Ricardo Bartholo: Coffee producer in the Patrocínio region - MG. Participant in the Conscious Producer Investment Program of the Águas do Cerrado Consortium (CCA), he was invited to talk about his coffee production with the precepts of organic and sustainable production.

& #8211; Sebastião Alves: Coffee producer, owner of RPPN, Former Director of the association of RPPNs of ES, Former Director of CNRPPN. You will share your experience with the creation of RPPN Remy Alves and its benefit for your coffee production.

& #8211; Graco Dias: Environmental Engineer, advisor to the Consortium of Waters (CCA), works in the Social and Environmental Responsibility Department of Cooxupé. Graco Dias was invited to speak about the CCA and Cooxupé's participation in cooperation with coffee producers in relation to sustainable production.

& #8211; Andreia Roque: Expert in Public Policies and Rural Development. Operates in strategic projects aimed at Rural Tourism, Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility in RPPNs. Agronomist, Master and PhD student in Health and Environment UNIT. Andreia Roque will deal with cases of Sustainability with Rural Production (coffee, among others).

& #8211; Laércio Machado de Sousa: Business Administrator, Consultant at Jataí Capital e Conservação. He was president of REPAMS (Associação de RPPNs do MS) and CNRPPN. He is currently the coordinator of the Cerrado Private Reserves Project, FUNATURA - IEB - CEPF. Laércio will be the moderator of the event.

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The live will be broadcast on November 24, at 4 pm (Brasília time) on the YouTube channel do Cerrado Private Reserves (activate the reminder).

Private Cerrado Reserves & #8211; It is an initiative that aims to promote the conservation of natural resources by encouraging the creation, expansion and effective management of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPNs) in one of the most threatened biomes in Brazil. The project is carried out by the Pro-Nature Foundation (Funatura) and has resources from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF, in the acronym in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and support from the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB). More information can be obtained on the project's social networks (@reservasdocerrado) or on the website http://reservasprivadasdocerrado.com.br.

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

The IEB (International Education Institute of Brazil) is a Brazilian association with no economic ends and stands out on the national scene for dedicating itself to training and qualifying people and strengthening organizations in various aspects and themes related to the environment, development and sustainability.

About the Cerrado Water Consortium
Created in 2014, in Sponsorship & #8211; MG, the Cerrado das Águas Consortium aims to raise awareness among producers in the region about the importance of their environmental assets by diagnosing and investing in them, ensuring their long-term preservation. In 2019, the pilot project received from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) the amount of US$400 thousand to implement the program that will initially promote the investment and protection of natural ecosystems found in more than 100 properties throughout the basin of Córrego Feio. The sum is the largest grant ever awarded by CEPF, which counts on demanding donors such as the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World Bank.
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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;

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.


Promoting Governance and Conservation of Water Resources in the Cerrado

The main threat to the biodiversity of the Cerrado It is deforestation. And most of the remaining original vegetation cover has been subject to various types of interference. For the past five decades, the biome has been the main area of agricultural expansion and consolidation of Brazilian agribusiness, leading to the loss of half of its original plant cover hot spot - unique and threatened ecosystem. At this juncture, the Cerrado, considered one of the most endangered biomes on our planet, illustrates very well the challenges and opportunities of reconciling economic development with conservation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

In this article titled Promotion of governance and conservation of water resources in the Cerrado & #8221; which was published in the scientific journal Conservation Science and Practice, Researchers from Singapore, the United States, Brazil, and Germany evaluated the state of the art and presented new information on the impacts of agricultural expansion, dams, and water use in the Cerrado. From this information, the group made recommendations for the management, conservation and restoration of Cerrado watersheds and ecosystems that are directly related to water.

Read the full article on here.

According to the researchers, conservation of the Cerrado requires not only the conservation of remnants of its vegetation, but also the ability to maintain the hydrogeomorphological and ecological functionality of its rivers, particularly the Araguaia River, the last major well-preserved system. ;. The group concludes its work by pointing out that if we maintain this usual model of development in the Cerrado, which has been implemented for decades, riparian ecosystems of the biome may never restructure again.

Carinhanha River around the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park. Photo: © Germano Neto / FUNATURA Collection

One of the authors of this work and researcher at the Federal University of Goiás, Dr. Manuel Ferreira, has been working with a team of researchers and civil society institutions in the project. Cerrado Knowledge Platform & #8220;. The project is executed by Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG) and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) and aims to share data, information and knowledge among various stakeholders in the Cerrado and empower civil society through reliable information and tools for monitoring Cerrado ecosystems.

The Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG) It is linked to the Institute of Social and Environmental Studies (IESA) of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). Its activities began in 1994 and have since contributed to the elaboration of several monographs, dissertations and theses, as well as offering remote sensing, digital cartography and geographic information systems. In 2010, they started the “Geocourses”, an extension project that offers short and medium courses in the field of geotechnologies, offered to the community in general. The research is an important front for the production and / or organization of geographic and documentary data for territorial and environmental monitoring of Brazilian biomes and their natural and anthropic landscapes.

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



Project Team & #8220; Avoiding the Merganser Extinction & #8221; records species in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás

by Gislaine Disconzi, Instituto Amada Terra

Rio Preto, Goiás. Photo: IAT Collection

The project Avoiding the Merganser Extinction in the Veadeiros Corridor & #8211; High Landing & #8211; Kalunga, which is performed by Amada Terra Institute, and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), made a field expedition this April in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás, where he spotted EIGHT INDIVIDUALS of the species (Mergos octosetaceus).

The project has carried out a series of river embarkations, seeking to improve information on the presence of Merganser in the region. The species is considered one of the most threatened Americas and was declared the Ambassador of Brazilian Continental Waters. On April 2 and 3, a team of five people, three canoeing professionals, the project's technical field coordinator and the public use coordinator of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, traveled approximately 40 km from the Rio Preto looking for individuals of the species. This is the first of several actions to be undertaken within a protection strategy within the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, located in the state of Goiás.

Team on expedition to Rio Preto. Photo: IAT Collection

Team on the field: Wellinton from France Lima; Carlos Alexandre Xavier; Guilherme Predebon (Embedded Field Consultant); Fernando H. Previdente (Field Coordinator) and André Ribeiro (PNCV Public Use Coordinator).

See more news about the expedition at site ICMBio in the Planet connection and in social networks!

Watch the video which records the presence of the Brazilian Merganser during the team's expedition to Rio Preto!

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.



Event in the House of Representatives celebrates National Cerrado Day

In order to celebrate the Cerrado National Day (9/11), highlighting its importance to the issue of water resources in Brazil, the Socio-Environmental Management Center (EcoCâmara) in partnership with other institutions will hold the Seminar #8220; National Day of the Cerrado & #8211; BRAZIL'S WATER CRIB ASKS FOR HELP & #8221;. The event features cultural presentations, lectures, debates and exhibitions and will be held at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia.

The event schedule is available at Facebook and in site of the House of Representatives.

 Nereu Ramos Auditorium
Hours: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Drought hits the Paranã River in Goiás

Last week the communication vehicle & #8220; Lance Goiás & #8221; released videos and images of the drought that hit Parana River in the municipality of Flores de Goiás (GO).

According to the information reported, the floodgates were closed on Tuesday (22/08) and the river dried up at several points, which led to several fish to death and harmed the residents of the region. The reports on the site indicate that the gates were closed by the municipal government in order to carry out georeferencing work, but they would be reopened on 25/08.

The Rio Paranã It bathes the states of Goiás and Tocantins and is born near the Federal District, in the region of Formosa. Arriving in the state of Tocantins, it joins the Maranhão River and forms the Tocantins River. Currently, many of the Paranã River springs are in an advanced state of degradation due to the deforestation of Permanent Preservation Areas (APPs).

The full report can be accessed at this link.

Drought in the Paranã River (GO), photo taken from the site Lance Goiás. Source: http://lancegoias.com.br/2017/08/25/rio-parana-seca-em-varios-pontos-em-flores-de -goias /