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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.

 

LAPIG Announces Launch of Cerrado Knowledge Platform

 

 

 

Dear colleagues,

Exclusively, we announce the launch of Cerrado Knowledge Platform & #8220;, UFG / LAPIG project, supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

http://cepf.lapig.iesa.ufg.br

Although it is a trial version, it already has some features, highlighting the land use subplatforms, deforestation and aerial imagery (provided by drones), enabling a dynamic and interactive analysis about the Cerrado transformationsat the municipal and state levels.

From now on, with this structure in place, we will quickly move forward with new content and tools such as responsive design for tablets and smartphones, data upload module (vector, images and text), download availability and language translation. English.

Speaking of content, we encourage the contribution of all, with diverse information produced for the Cerrado biome.

To this end, we have provided a temporary tool for the transfer of your databases (see call / shortcut in the top menu, or at the bottom of the main page).

We hope that the Cerrado Knowledge Platform will be well used by our society, in particular by organizations involved in environmental conservation and socio-economic development of this rich and endangered ecosystem.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email us at lapig.cepf@gmail.com

Thanks for the outreach and collaboration!

Prof. Manuel Ferreira
UFG / LAPIG


LAPIG and CEPF Cerrado

Dr. Manuel Ferreira has been working with a team of researchers and civil society institutions on the project. “Cerrado Knowledge Platform”. 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.

 

For an isolated community in Brazil, knowledge is power

The Kalunga community is using mapping data to defend their land and traditional way of life.

translated from text published by Marsea Nelson, Senior Communications Manager, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund 

 

Several hundred years ago, in Brazil, fugitive slave groups established communities & #8211; known as quilombos. Many of these communities were destroyed, but in a remote mountainous region of Goiás, some 8,000 of their descendants & #8211; the people Kalunga & #8211; it continues a traditional lifestyle largely isolated from the modern world.

Today, however, this modern world is forming for this community. The Kalungas found themselves fighting for both their culture and their ancestral land, which lies within the impressive region of Veadeiros Plateau (Goiás, Brazil), which is part of hot spot in Cerrado biodiversity.

The Kalunga are mainly Catholic. However, some converted to neo-Pentecostalism, which brought some differences with community members who continue to hold traditional beliefs.

Community children learn about local biodiversity. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

In addition, younger Kalungas leave the territory to study or work. “When they return, they bring musical influences, outside dancing and new habits,” said Vilmar Souza Costa, president of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK). “They also bring a new vision of how to relate to the land, wanting to apply new technologies to cultivate it and fight pests, which are more appropriate for agribusiness.”

At threats to Kalunga lands they include imminent plans for the construction of a small hydroelectric plant and consistent pressure from mining companies, as well as an increase in land used for agriculture.

Pasture areas have grown over the years and open areas are already taking over the territory, Costa said. He also noted that populations of many species of local biodiversity & #8211; including tapirs, armadillos, rheas and fish & #8211; decreased.

The project field team. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

Recognizing these challenges, the community established the Quilombo Kalunga Association in 1999 to represent and defend their interests.

In 2013, the idea of using the geoprocessing to better understand families living in the region and territory, documenting precisely what Kalunga lands housed, where they were most vulnerable and where there were the best opportunities to implement tourism.

Finding funding for the project, however, proved challenging. Government funds failed and efforts to find another donor did not materialize until five years later, when CEPF granted the Association its first Donation of US$ 216,600.00.

& #8220; In the Cerrado, working with traditional peoples and communities is an important part of our strategy & #8221; said Peggy Poncelet, CEPF grant director. #8220; Not every donor is equipped to provide the kind of technical support that a developing organization such as AQK requires, but CEPF is.

Kalunga Territory. Photo: ©P. Poncelet / CEPF Collection

With funding finally in place, a specialist was hired by AQK to train 24 young Kalungas in GIS and Open Data Kit, which is a data collection toolkit that does not require an internet connection. They then began to systematically gather socioeconomic information about local residents of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage.

The work was not easy & #8211; The team faced heavy rains and bad roads. Sometimes they would go to hard to reach places, only to find that the family was not at home. This fieldwork was a complicated process, but, according to Costa, the young people took on with “enthusiasm and joy”.

The information collected in the survey is being useful on many fronts. The state sanitation company will use the data to improve water supply and sanitation in the community. Information about which families have dogs and chickens will be used by the Department of Health to help fight Chagas disease, which can cause serious health complications. Meanwhile, a federal organization is using data on land cultivation and animal husbandry to provide farmers with more efficient technical assistance.

Vilmar Costa, president of AQK, spoke to the community about the 19 endangered species occurring in the Kalunga Territory. Photo: © Quilombo Kalunga Association Collection

Awareness raising is another essential component of the CEPF funded project. Presentations about 19 endangered species found in the region were widely reported in local schools and municipalities. & #8220; Participating students and teachers posted photos and comments on their social networks, which eventually led to large-scale knowledge of the 19 species of Chapada dos Veadeiros & #8221 ;, said Costa. AQK also made presentations during community meetings and distributed calendars and banners describing local biodiversity and how to protect it.

AQK is now working on creating a online platform which will allow each family to update their own information.

The project was also reported locally by the The Brazilian Report and Eyeing The Ruralists. Recently, the portal G1 Nature has published a series of articles and videos about the Kalunga community.

Read the original text of this article, which is available in English at site CEPF.

About Quilombo Kalunga Association and CEPF Cerrado

The Quilombo Kalunga Association is a non-profit, non-profit civil organization founded in October 1999. It is formed by the Kalunga Associations of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre, Teresina and Engenho II, as well as Epotecampo. She represents the largest quilombo territory in Brazil, with 262 thousand hectares of land. The Association promotes the defense of interest of all communities formed by residents of the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site (SHPCK), scattered between the municipalities of Cavalcante, Monte Alegre de Goiás and Teresina de Goiás, and represent them in all instances. legal and administrative

The project “Use of Geoprocessing in the Management of the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site - SHPCK”, fostered by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, from the acronym in English to Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand with support from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB)The project aims to know in depth the reality of Kalunga communities, use geoprocessing technology to map the territory in detail, promote SHPCK occupation in a more sustainable way and make Kalunga internationally recognized as advocates of biodiversity conservation. .


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.

 

Projects supported by IEB and CEPF Cerrado presented their results at the Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing

From April 14 to 17 it was held in the city of Santos & #8211; SP o XIX Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing (SBSR). Among the various activities of the Symposium, we highlight the Thematic Session entitled “Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS): Sensors and Applications”, Coordinated by the partners of CEPF Cerrado, Gustavo Manzon Nunes, from the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT) and Dr. Manuel Eduardo Ferreira, from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) / LAPIG. In addition to the lectures of Dr. Gustavo and Manuel, the session was attended by Eben Broadbent (USA, University of Florida) and Victória González-Dugo (Spain, IAC / CSIC, Córdoba), who presented research results using sensors. LiDAR, hyperspectral, multispectral and thermal drone-embedded, and address the main processing techniques and algorithms used for mapping and decision making.

Lecture by Dr. Gustavo Nunes at the XIX Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing (SBSR). Photo: LabSensoR collection.

Dr. Gustavo coordinates the project “Chapada dos Guimarães Corridor Water Resources Mapping” supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). At the event, Gustavo presented preliminary results obtained using satellite data, digital cameras and multispectral sensors integrated in Unmanned Aerial Platforms (RPAS), aiming at the mapping and diagnosis of water resources and wetlands (Veredas, Campos Humidos, Brejos , etc.) in 3 key areas for biodiversity (KBAs) in the Chapada dos Guimarães Corridor (Chapada dos Guimarães National Park-PNCG). In summary, his research aims to identify and delimit areas of veredas and map invasive species, based on data of very high spatial and spectral resolution, and contribute to ICMBio managers, who will assist in the Integrated Fire Management Plan of PNCG.

Dr. Manuel who coordinates the project “Cerrado Knowledge Platform”, which is run by the Laboratory of Image Processing and Geoprocessing (LAPIG) and also supported by CEPF Cerrado and IEB, presented the preliminary results of its research carried out in the Rio Vermelho River Basin (GO), which includes the use of of multiple aerial platforms (multi-rotor and fixed wing) equipped with different imaging sensors, aiming to record biophysical / allometric measurements of the Cerrado biome. In another SBSR session, focused on “New Database Platforms”Manuel presented the lecture “Cerrado Knowledge Platform: A Management Proposal for a Critical and Threatened Biome”, demonstrating the importance of this project as a way to aggregate and disseminate geographic information about the Cerrado, generated by numerous projects, many of which are supported by CEPF Cerrado and IEB.

Dr. Manuel Ferrerira participated in the XIX Brazilian Symposium on Remote Sensing (SBSR). Photo: LAPIG collection.

The LabSensoR & #8211; Remote Sensing and Geotechnology Laboratory It is coordinated by Dr. Gustavo Manzon Nunes, associate professor at the Faculty of Forestry Engineering of the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá Campus. LabSensoR is associated with the National Institute of Science and Technology in Wetlands (INAU / CNPq-UFMT) and conducts research related to mapping and analysis of wetlands. Geotechnology research is carried out in the laboratory, with emphasis on the use of fixed wing and multi-engine Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. Analyzes are also developed involving digital image processing, RADAR digital data processing, vegetation spectral behavior, digital classification through hyperspectral techniques, geoprocessing analysis, geographic information systems, environmental analysis and land use planning.

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 initiated the “#8220; Geocourses” & #8221; an extension project offering short and medium-term geotechnology courses offered to the wider community. 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.

 

 

Instituto Oca Brasil launches notice for Georeferencing area in a project supported by CEPF Cerrado

The project Creation and Integrated Implementation of Federal Private Reserves in the Chapada dos Veadeiros Region, which is performed by Oca Brazil Institute and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), visa the promotion of new Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN) and the implementation of RPPNs around the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.

We are a family owned and operated business.In this first stage, the project launches the public notice for hiring legal entities of service providers in Georeferencing, according to reference term. Interested parties should submit their proposals by 6 pm January 31, 2019. For more details on the selection process go to reference term or the page of Oca Brazil Institute


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.

 

 

Kalunga community gains ownership of areas important to its territory

Kalunga Community / © Ion David

 

On June 6 at 10 am, Attorney General Dr. Luiz Cesar Kimura, representing Governor Zé Eliton and the state of Goiás, accompanied by Dr. Vavá, handed the Deed of Grant of Real Right of Use to the President gives Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK), Vilmar Souza Costa, from the following areas:

PROPERTY NAME

AREA (ha)

Gleba Vacant Kid

3.682,5639

Gleba Vacant Gap of Souls

57.343,4438

Serra da Contenda I Biological Reserve

14.207,0000

TOTAL

75.233,0077

The ceremony was attended by a large number of Kalungas, the Boards of the Associations, the Judge of the Cavalcante County Dr. Pedro Piazzalunga Cesario Pereira, the Promoter Dr. Úrsula Catarina Pereira Pinto, the Mayor Rui Alves Maciel and the Councilors Kalungas Iron Moreira Dias and Salviano dos Santos Rosa. The joy of the Kalunga people during the solemnity was very great.

This conquest of the tenure of these three areas is extremely important for the consolidation of the territory of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage (SHPCK), fruit of the struggle of the Quilombo Kalunga Association. The communities of Teresina, Monte Alegre and Cavalcante received an entourage from the government of the state of Goiás that handed over the land use deed. Now Kalunga territory has these areas, which add up to 75,233,0077 hectares14,000 hectares belong to the Serra da Contenda I Biological Reserve.

SHPCK has approximately 39 regions which may be called communities, where more than 1,500 families. Kalungas have lived in the mountain ranges for approximately 300 years and have a harmonious relationship with the environment. The community also carries very strong culture and historical tradition in its people through crafts such as ceramics, weaving, embroidery and the production of home remedies.

Through the project “Use of Geoprocessing in the Management of the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage”, The Quilombo Kalunga Association with the support of CEPF Cerrado (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) implement the improvement and consolidation of SHPCK's environmental and territorial management through Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for permanent territorial management, as well as the sustainable use of natural resources, aiming at guaranteeing the improvement in the quality of life for all residents and for future generations.  Access the link to know more about this initiative!

2018 has been a year of consolidating countless victories of the Kalunga people!

 

Kalunga community at the solemnity of the delivery of the Deed for the granting of real use of the areas
Kalunga community at the solemnity of the delivery of the Deed for the granting of real use of the areas
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.
Representatives of the Kalunga people and the state of Goiás.