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Cerrado Private Reserves Project is extended due to success in Tocantins

by Thuanny Vieira, intern under supervision, via the State of Tocantins Government Secretariat for the Environment and Water Resources

The Cerrado Private Reserves Project promotes the conservation of natural resources by encouraging the creation, expansion and effective management of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPNs). The same is carried out by the Pro-Nature Foundation (Funatura), with resources from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF). Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and support from the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB).

The objective is to increase the number of properties registered as RPPN to guarantee the protection of natural resources and biodiversity that are increasingly threatened in the biome Cerrado, this being a voluntary act of interest of the owner in sustainable use.

The consultant Ricardo Haidar, responsible for Tocantins, reports that “the project had a good adherence in the central region of the State”, but “most of the properties do not have all the necessary documentation, land titles, preventing the creation of RPPNs”.

Photo: © Ricardo Haidar / Project Collection Private Cerrado Reserves

In Tocantins, four new RPPNs were registered through the project, two of them already included in the ICMBio and undergoing an inspection process, while the other two are in the process of documentation. A fifth property is being inspected and is expected to be approved soon. Outside the project there are still two properties that will become RPPNs, totaling seven new reserves in Tocantins, currently with ten and reaching seventeen.

SEMARH's fire conservation and preservation manager, Edilma Cavalcante, talks about the process of creating the RPPN on her property. "It was a simple procedure, I had no problems with the documentation because everything was well organized, but georeferencing is what most complicates the owners in the register," he said.

Its Serra do Carmo farm is located in Palmas and has about 14 hectares (ha), one third of which is closed forest. The entire forest became RPPN, totaling almost 5ha of conservation area. The manager says that preservation is necessary for the rare trees that the place has, such as Pau-Brasil. "My goal was to find a way to keep everything conserved even if the property is ever sold, the RPPN makes it possible for any future owner to protect what we have today."

Also according to the owner, "this area has not burned for 15 years, we have always been aware of this and we take all precautions for prevention in the area and in the neighboring properties".

Serra do Lajeado, Tocantins. Photo: © Ricardo Haidar / Project Collection Private Cerrado Reserves

The project coordinator, Laercio Machado de Sousa, explains that there are still many paradigms to be broken by the rural owners. “Some landowners think that with the creation of the RPPN they lose the land and it becomes the state's property, but that is not the case. The area remains private, he can sell or rent, as long as the new owner knows that that part that has become RPPN will be a perpetual legal reserve”.

“One of the benefits of RPPN is the exemption from ITR to the owner, in addition to financial resources for payments for environmental services from the State. There is also how to create an income with ecotourism, research and environmental education”, Says the coordinator.

Despite all its importance, today the biome has only 8% of its terrestrial surface protected by Conservation Units. With the increase of private reserves in this biome, not only fauna and flora will be more protected, but the benefits will be felt by the whole society, which depends on the ecosystem services produced by the Cerrado.

The The project will run until December and is open to new members. The landowner who wishes to register an RPPN can continue with his economic activities on the property and only allocate a piece of the area for conservation. It is necessary submit documents such as the Updated Registration, Rural Property Registration Certificate - CCIR, Land Title and Rural Territorial Tax - ITR, CAR and agree to lose the possibility of agricultural land use.

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About Cerrado Private Reserves

The project started in September 2019 with the aim of increase the number of protected areas in the Cerradothus guaranteeing the maintenance of biodiversity and other natural resources. Among the objectives of the project are: the production of a list of owners interested in the creation of RPPNs and the elaboration of a script of meetings / seminars in the regions that have shown interest in participating in the project and implementing the processes of creation of the RPPNs. More information can be obtained on the website reservationsprivadasdocerrado.com.br, by email coordinacao@reservasprivadasdocerrado.com.br or through the Facebook / Instagram & #8211 networks; @reservasdocerrado.

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Bárbara Ferragini - Communication Advisory
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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.