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Rare flora of the Cerrado was the subject of debate at the Symposium

by Luana Luizy, Communication Officer, International Education Institute of Brazil 

Endemic tree the central region of Minas Gerais, the wilson's faveiro is at risk of extinction. In this way, the Symposium "Flora in Debate: Challenges in the Conservation of Rare Plants", held in December, aimed to discuss the challenges faced in the conservation of the native flora of Brazil.

The event came about as the result of an initiative by researchers from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in conjunction with the Belo Horizonte City Hall and Instituto Prístino. This action is part of the project “Management and protection of the faveiro-de-wilson”, which aims to increase the protection of faveiro and its habitat through the implementation of actions of its National Action Plan (PAN). The project is carried out by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanical Foundation and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB). Researchers, teachers, volunteers, partners and students were present, in order to debate and disseminate all knowledge about the faveiro-de-wilson, especially with regard to its conservation.

Faveiro-de-wilson (Dimorphandra wilsonii). Photo: ©Fernando Fernandes/SAFZBH Collection

The three species discussed at the symposium were: faveiro-de-wilson (Dimorphandra wilsonii); faveiro-da-mata (Dimorphandra exaltata) and faveiro-do-campo (Dimorphandra mollis). “The three are very important in feeding the fauna. Tapir, deer, paca and macaw are some of the species that eat their broad beans (pods). Cattle and horses also love to eat them. And they fall to the ground in the winter when the pastures are very dry. The faveiro-de-wilson and mata are poorly studied and are at risk of extinction. Hence our conservation project and the symposium ”, says Fernando M. Fernandes, coordinator of the Faveiro-de-wilson Conservation Program.

About faveiro

Faveiro or faveira are popular names given to plants that produce fruit in the form of broad beans, which keep the seeds. The fruit, that is, the bean, can also be called vegetable, pod, bagem, bajeca, among others. These plants - which can be trees, shrubs, herbs or vines - belong to the Fabaceae botanical family, popularly known as the legume family. In addition to the faveiros, hundreds of botanical species are part of this family, such as jacaranda, sucupira, brazilwood, peas, soybeans and beans.

Learn more about this project with IEB / CEPF Cerrado!


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.

 

Symposium & #8220; Flora in Debate & #8221; happens in March in the city of Belo Horizonte

On the 19th of March, in Belo Horizonte, the Symposium “Challenges in the conservation of rare plants. The case of species of Dimorphandra”. This symposium is one of the actions of the National Action Plan for the conservation of the faveiro-de-wilson, a species of rare and endemic tree from Minas Gerais, threatened with extinction.

The symposium is also an integral part of the Project “Management and Protection of the faveiro-de-Wilson (Dimorphandra wilsonii) ", which is supported by Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems and International Institute of Education of Brazil. At the event, specialists and collaborators working with this species, as well as with another equally rare tree species in the region, the faveiro-da-mata, will show the latest advances in research and conservation of these species, as well as discuss the ways forward.

The project “Handling and Protection of the faveiro-de-wilson” is executed by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanical Foundation and started in November 2017 and has several actions in progress, including meetings, training and visits to areas of occurrence of the species, acting in an extension of 5,215 km², where are the 18 municipalities where the faveiro occurs. know more about the project's actions!

If you are interested in participating in the symposium, enter the website and register.

https://floraemdebate.wixsite.com/floraemdebate

Check out the schedule!


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.

 

 

Critically endangered Cerrado miner tree engages researchers and society for conservation

The faveiro-by wilson, whose scientific name is Dimorphandra wilsonii Rizzinifamily legumes (Fabaceae), it's kind threatened “Critically Endangered” category. She is endemic of central Minas Gerais, in the transition from Cerrado to the Atlantic forest, ie it does not exist anywhere else in the world. Being so rare, the faveiro-de-Wilson is protected by Decree Law 43904/2004 of Minas Gerais. Wilson's faveiro came close to extinction due to the destruction of the region's forests, mainly in the last 60 years. So far just over 300 trees have been found in the wild, and most of them are isolated in the middle of pastures, where they have great difficulty reproducing. Wilson's faveiro trees can also be found in capoeiras and woods, both in the lowlands and on the slopes and tops of the hill *.

© Fernando Fernandes / SAFZB-BH Collection

The project & #8220; Handling and Protection of the Wilson's faveiro & #8221; is executed by Society of Friends of the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanical Foundation and receives support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The project started in November 2017 and already has several ongoing actions, including meetings, training and visits to areas of occurrence of the species, working in an extension of 5,215 km², where are the 18 municipalities of faveiro occurrence. & #8220; The implementation of the project in the region has provided, in addition to increasing knowledge, an increased degree of environmental awareness and greater engagement in protecting the environment among local people & #8221; reports Fernando Fernandes, researcher and project leader. In December 2018, Fernando was selected as a finalist for the General Nature Award, instituted by the state government through the Minas Gerais Environmental Policy Council (COPAM) and has received a tribute to its work for the conservation of the environment.

© SAFZB-BH Collection

In December of the last year, 3,000 seeds of the species were sown in the Belo Horizonte Botanical Garden (MG) and in the trees tree nursery, in the municipality of Florestal (MG), aiming at the production of seedlings for the reintroduction of faveiro in their areas of occurrence.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Belo Horizonte Zoo-Botanic Foundation Friends Society's work with the faveiro-de-wilson species!


* Text taken from the website of the Society of Friends of the Zoo-Botanical Foundation of Belo Horizonte.

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.