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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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In the month of the Cerrado, traditional peoples and communities raise voices in defense of the biome

by Thays Puzzi, Communication Officer of the Cerrado Network

IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People, promoted by the Cerrado Network, was attended by approximately seven thousand people. Seminars, workshops, shows and marketing of sociobiodiversity products moved the federal capital from September 11 to 14

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

Cerrado: What reminds you of him? Even if some still do not realize or do not know, this Biome is rich in diversity. There is culture, there are people, there are plants, there are animals, there is life! And this can be experienced by the almost seven thousand people who attended the ninth edition of the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair, which took place in Brasília, in September 11-14. Seminars, workshops, shows, commercialization of socio-biodiversity products, as well as the traditional Log Race gave rise to the riches and main demands of the Biome, the indigenous peoples, quilombolas and traditional communities that were the protagonists of the event, which began, not by chance, on the National Cerrado Day.

With the theme 'For the Living Cerrado: Territory, Diversity and Democracy', the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair, promoted by the Cerrado Network, was a space for meetings, celebration, denunciations, struggles and resistance. “It was very gratifying because we joined forces for a common fight that is the defense of the Cerrado. I participate since the first edition and experience this union, presenting our wealth and products was very good, ”said Lucely Pio, quilombola and raizeira that, besides bringing cosmetics based on medicinal plants of the Cerrado, presented the participants giving a workshop on health of the woman. In all, 18 workshops were held during the event with the participation of more than 750 people. Different topics were approached, such as gender, youth, territorial management, neo-extractivism, socio-environmental conflicts, production and marketing of agro-extractive products, among others.

Opening Ceremony of the IX Meeting and Fair of the Cerrado People. Photo: © A. Amaral / IEB Collection

#8220; My feeling is one of happiness, of fulfillment. Due to the situation we are living, this meeting was very important. A victory for each of us who together in this Network made our event happen. We need to get the attention of the whole society. We ask you to help us take care of the Cerrado, to combat all the evil that is happening to it. ”, vented Maria do Socorro Teixeira Lima, babassu coconut breaker and general coordinator of Rede Cerrado.

With a mixture of feelings reflected in her eyes, she remembered all the problems faced by the Cerrado, their traditional peoples and communities. Currently, it is the most threatened biome in Brazil. More than half of the original Cerrado vegetation has been cleared. It, which is the second largest biome in the country, occupying 24% from all over the country, concentrates 30% from all the country's biodiversity and 5% of the planet's biodiversity. In addition, it is in the Cerrado that eight of the twelve river basins in Brazil are located, supplying six of the eight major river basins in the country. It is in the Cerrado, for example, where are three of the main aquifers in Brazil: Bambuí, Urucuia and Guarani. The indiscriminate advance of large monocultures in the Biome has directly affected the sociobiodiversity and waters of the Cerrado, responsible for supplying much of the country.

Seminar & #8220; The Importance of Peoples and Communities for Cerrado Conservation & #8221; in Brasilia, DF on National Cerrado Day. Photo: © A. Amaral / IEB Collection

In addition, the region Midwest of Brazil, almost entirely occupied by the Cerrado, is in second position when it comes to the increase in the number of forest fires (behind the Amazon), presenting a 100% increase in the number of fire outbreaks compared to 2018 data, according to the National Institute of Space Research (INPE). In early September, for example, the fire in the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, located in Mato Grosso, destroyed nearly 4,000 hectares of its area.

Read the Policy Letter of the IX Cerrado Peoples Meeting and Fairs and this full article on site from the Cerrado Network!

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. During the IX Cerrado Meeting and Peoples Fair, the Cerrado Network and some CEPF Cerrado partner institutions 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 Peoples!


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.

 

 

Elected new directive coordination of Cerrado Network

On May 7th and 8th, entities of the Cerrado Network were gathered in Brasilia to carry out the VIII General Assembly, which elected a new directive coordination, which will take over the work until 2021.

The Interstate Movement of Coconut Babassu Breakers (MIQCB), representing Maria do Socorro Teixeira Lima, follows the general coordination of Rede Cerrado, with the substitution of Hiparidi Top & #8217; shooting, which represents the Mobilization of Cerrado Indigenous Peoples (MOPIC), and in the financial administrative coordination are the representatives of FUNATURE and MUPAN. O Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) It is among the entities that will make up the collegiate coordination, which assists the directive coordination.

VII General Assembly of the Cerrado Network

In addition to the election, the Assembly also aimed to evaluate the performance of Rede Cerrado in 2018 and to plan activities for this year, such as the Cerrado People's Meeting and Fair.

See the full article on site from the Cerrado Network.

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The network runs the project Fortified Network, Cerrado Preserves (REFORCE), which aims to broaden the political impact of the Cerrado Network in 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. This project is supported by the 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.

 

 

Cerrado: territorial strategies and perspectives for the coming years

via Rede Cerrado

II Cerrado Network Territories Workshop will be attended by representatives of traditional Biome peoples and communities who will have direct dialogue with the government and the Federal Public Prosecution Service

Continuing the process of debate on the territorial rights of traditional peoples and communities started last year, on May 8th and 9th, the Cerrado Network will gather representatives of indigenous, quilombolas, babassu coconut breakers, gerizeiros, raizeiras, extratvisitas, among other traditional peoples of the Biome, in Brasilia (DF), for direct dialogue with the government and the Federal Public Prosecution Service to debate perspectives and outline joint strategies for the coming years.

If in 2018 the dialogues have given birth to new ways of securing these territories, now strategies will be thought and mapped against the conjuncture already established by the current federal management.

The Cerrado, besides being currently the most threatened biome in Brazil, according to data from the Campo 2018 Conflict Book of the Pastoral Land Commission, was the region that suffered most from the expulsion of families from the camp. The registered increase from 2017 to 2018 was more than 14 thousand percent.

Dialogue table with federal government and MPF

As part of the programming of the II Cerrado Network Territories Workshop, next Wednesday, May 08, there will be a table of dialogues with representatives of the current administration of the federal government regarding topics such as: regularization of territories, public policies extinction of instances of social participation.

In addition to representatives of traditional Cerrado peoples and communities, the act will be attended and attended by Professor and Researcher Alfredo Wagner, representatives of the 6th Coordination and Review Chamber of the Federal Public Prosecution Service (MPF), and the Federal Prosecutor of Citizen, Deborah Duprat.

The activity, entitled as Dialogue Table on Traditionally Occupied Territories, is a joint action between the Cerrado Network, the National Council of Traditional Peoples and Communities (CNPCT) and the Federal Public Prosecution Service, in conjunction with the Articulation in Defense of Traditionally Occupied Land. The activity will be broadcast live on MPF TV.

Already on Thursday, the 9th, the work continues at the Divine Master Institute, also in Brasilia, with the objective of integrating actions and strengthening joint strategies with other organizations and collectives.

Cerrado Network General Assembly

Next week, on May 6th and 7th, Rede Cerrado will also hold its General Assembly whose mission will be to elect the new general coordination of the entity for the next three years. At the opportunity, representatives of organizations associated with the Cerrado Network will be present.

Cerrado Network General Assembly held in May 2018 / Cerrado Network Collection.

 

The Cerrado Network

Composed of more than 50 associated civil society entities, Rede Cerrado 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.

We are represented by indigenous people, quilombolas, babassu coconut breakers, ebb, bottom and pasture, artisanal fishers, generators, extractivists, veredeiros, caatingueros, always alive flower pickers and family farmers.

The Cerrado Network also acts strategically in various social and environmental public spaces to propose, monitor and evaluate public projects, programs and policies that concern the Cerrado and its peoples.

Look matter on the website of Rede Cerrado!

Contact for press and interviews
Communication Advisory Cerrado Network
Thays Puzzi
comunicacao@redecerrado.org.br
(61) 9 8116-4747 (WhatsApp)


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.

 

 

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

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.