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Cerrado Seed Network strengthens income generation for communities through the sale of native species for restoration

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

Have you thought about promoting trade in native seeds, promote a source of income for traditional populations and still restore degraded areas? It is in this way that Cerrado Seed Network (RSC), association that works in the articulation to strengthen the activity of collecting seeds of native species of the Cerrado flora.

The Network's focus is on the region of Veadeiros Plateau, in Goiás, in addition to Brasilia and in north of Minas Gerais. “One of our areas of activity is restoration, making degraded areas return as close as possible to their original formation, with all of their ecological functions involved there. We also promote the sale of native seeds and, thus, the restoration of the Cerrado biome ”, comments Camila Motta, president of RSC.

Hands that make all the difference in the restoration of the Cerrado. Photo: Dudu Coladetti / Collection RSC

The social nature of the work carried out by the Network is one of the main pillars of the organization, since the commercialization of native seeds generates income for local communities, in addition to stimulating conservation of areas by these populations. “A very important factor in the restaurant chain is social involvement. The role of the seed collector is very important not only for income generation, but also for restoration, and the main objective is conservation, bringing the Cerrado back ”explains Camila Motta.

Altogether, 450 people trained in the production of native seeds and ecological restoration, 11 benefited communities, 250 hectares in the process of restoration, more than 30 businesses closed with commercialization and more than 10 tons of seeds already commercialized with project support “Seed and Catering Market: Providing Environmental Services and Biodiversity”, in addition to support from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

The President of Standing Cerrado Association, Claudomiro de Almeida, a native of the Chapada dos Veadeiros region, was one of the beneficiaries of the project, along with his organization: “This partnership was essential. Today, our association has many families involved in the project. RSC supports us in the organization, in the search for seed buyers, also with training for collectors. Families do what they know, which is to collect and store seeds, and CSR comes with that support. ”

Collector participates in seeding in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Goiás. Photo: Dudu Coladetti / Collection RSC

THE pandemic it generated challenges and difficulties for many organizations, which needed to reinvent themselves. For the Cerrado Seeds Network, 2020 was the year with the best results in seed marketing, according to Camila Motta; among other factors, this is due to the progress made on the restoration agenda: “The growing need for rural producers to adapt to the environment, companies, the effect of the courses we took, all the mobilization that the project does with the partnerships. All of these factors together are reflected in practice. Last year, 30 deals were closed ”.

Training with the Cerrado das Águas Consortium

THE training of rural producers and the demand for restoration through native seeds provided the partnership with Cerrado das Águas Consortium (CCA). The Cerrado Seeds Network (RSC) provided native seeds to the CCA, and in 2021, the two organizations will carry out a empowerment, at a distance, for producers in the municipality of Patrocínio (MG), on the collection of native seeds and restoration. “Through this course we will train rural producers in terms of restoration”says Camila Motta.

Find out more the work of the Cerrado Seed Network (RSC): https://www.rsc.org.br/

Download the calendar for guide the collection of native seeds including trees, shrubs, grasses and other Cerrado herbs. All information is regional and specific to Chapada dos Veadeiros (GO). The sale of seeds generates income for more than 60 families and helps to conserve the 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.

 

Family farmers in DF receive training in the collection of native seeds from the Cerrado

In the months of May and June the Bartô Network concluded two more stages of the Component for “Environmental Regularization of the Roseli Nunes Rural Settlement” - part of the project Agroforestry Providing Ecosystem Services.

Photo: Rede Bartô Collection

From the land use and occupation map, a database was created that served to rectify the Rural Environmental Registries farmers, advancing the process of Settlement Environmental Regularization. Regularization brings benefits to the settlers, such as access to credit and production incentive programs.

The process of environmental restoration of the Rosely Nunes Settlement, is being built so that all phases of the process can be internalized by the local community so that it makes sense to them. At this stage, social issues, but mainly economic ones, were worked around the opportunities of the market for collecting seeds of native species of the Cerrado for farmers. This activity is the continuity of a partnership between Bartô Network, Tikré Soluções Ambientais, Cerrado Seed Network, the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado) and the International Education Institute of Brazil.

Photo: Rede Bartô Collection

The activities counted on the participation of the settlement's farmers, who collected more than 16 kg of seeds of native species of the Cerrado. After collection, they were processed and stored properly. Later they will be used to recover areas of the settlement that have been degraded.

“The idea at the other end is to empower farmers themselves with the ecological restoration technique through direct seeding, so that they can do the restoration process themselves on other occasions. Maybe even as a profession, generating income in the future & #8221; says Fabrício Lima, project coordinator.

The activity was adapted to follow all care security and health, following coronavirus prevention guidelines. Rede Bartô developed a security protocol with measures to be adopted by the team and beneficiaries to ensure the safety of all. Meet the project Agroforestry Providing Ecosystem Services and the Bartô Network!


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.