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Kalunga Territory is recognized by the UN Environmental Program as the first TICCA in Brazil

The UN Environmental Program (UNEP-WCMC) concluded this Tuesday (3) the official registration of the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site as the first TICCA (Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous and Local Communities) in Brazil.

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By Maiana Diniz, Communication Advisor, via the Quilombo Kalunga Association

The global title is assigned to conserved community and traditional territories in which the community has a deep connection with the place it inhabits, internal management and governance processes and positive results in nature conservation, as well as the well-being of its people, the so-called “territories of life”.

Jorge Moreira de Oliveira, president of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK) & #8211; Photo: Elder Miranda Jr / AQK

“It is with great pride that we received the news that the Kalunga Territory, one of the largest in Brazil, has been recognized by the UN as TICCA, as a preserved territory. This means that here we still have many fruits, a lot of nature and many preserved beauties. As a representative, I am honored with this international recognition. I believe that now we will have more partners to help us in the fight for the conquest of our entire territory, which has not yet been entirely expropriated. ”, celebrates the president of Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK), Jorge Moreira de Oliveira.

Family farmer Kalunga de Monte Alegre & #8211; Photo: Elder Miranda Jr / AQK

With a strong tradition in agriculture, the Kalunga people practice low carbon planting and rely on ancestral knowledge to plant at the pace of nature, eliminating the use of pesticides. They plant in small fields, usually smaller than 1 hectare, where they practice subsistence agriculture, with the sale of surpluses. The cultivated areas are used for up to 4 years, then rest for 10 years. The gardens are made in the hoe, without the use of machines. The Kalunga they also practice extractivism and seek other sustainable alternatives for the development of the territory.

Becoming TICCA is a global recognition the role of the Kalunga people in conserving the biodiversity of the Cerrado and the beauty of Chapada dos Veadeiros, in northeastern Goiás. Rich in culture, water and biodiversity, it is estimated that the Kalunga quilombo was created more than 300 years ago by people who did not accept and managed to escape the slavery regime of the time. The territory occupies an area of 261 thousand hectares in the municipalities of Cavalcante, Teresina de Goiás and Monte Alegre, all located in the state of Goiás.

“We have gained autonomy in the management of our land. Now that we are listed on the international map of traditional communities as TICCA, we hope to join in this struggle with other communities around the world ”, says Damião Moreira Santos, project coordinator for the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK).

Vão do Moleque Lookout, at the Kalunga Historical and Cultural Heritage Site & #8211; Photo: Maiana Diniz / AQK

In addition, the title is expected to assist in protection of the territory against external threats, because now the Kalunga have in their hands a United Nations validation that proves the conservation in the territory, besides adding even more value to the community-based tourism and products from those regions.

The register

The suggestion that the Kalunga Historical Site and Cultural Heritage (SHPCK) fit the TICCA concept came from the Director of Grant of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Peggy Poncelet, throughout the process of building the Internal Rules of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK), a document that establishes clear rules for the management and use of land by the Kalunga people. CEPF has a ongoing project with AQK and in the last two years has financed several actions for the improving management and sustainable development in the territory.

The board of the Quilombo Kalunga Association (AQK) became interested in the concept and throughout the community assemblies to discuss the Internal Regulations it also started an intense process of dialogues and consultations with the residents of the 39 communities living in the territory on the challenges and advantages to become TICCA.

“It was a very participatory process. We have a preserved community, a territory of life, but we suffer constant invasions. The TICCA formalization process has helped us to give international visibility to protect us ”, evaluates Vilmar Kalunga.

Mirante da Comunidade Vão de Almas, one of the 39 in Kalunga territory & #8211; Photo: Elder Miranda Jr / AQK

Were 14 large community assemblies and a large 3-day assembly to discuss and approve the Internal Regulations, a process that took place under the leadership of Vilmar Kalunga, then president of AQK, Damião Moreira dos Santos, coordinator of the CEPF project at AQK, Durval Fernandes Motta, consultant of the Association, and Jorge Moreira de Oliveira, current president of AQK.

“In the assemblies, we try to show the community the importance of the work that we all do for the world in relation to the preservation and conservation of nature. We, even without knowing or being recognized, provide a global service to the environment. During the discussions, we regained our awareness and pride in how we live and make a living from the environment. ”, recalls Damião Moreira.

The Community decision to proclaim itself as the first TICCA in Brazil it took place during a general meeting in February 2020. This was the first step towards the recognition of the Kalunga territory as “#8220; territory of life”, or TICCA.

Throughout the process, the AQK team had the active support of Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB).

“We support territorial management, as we realize that it is very important from the point of view of conservation. AQK went deep with the project. We follow their territorial management steps: reviewing the statute, mapping their natural resources and managing conflicts in the community ”, explains Michael Becker, CEPF Cerrado coordinator.

AQK also contacted the Mupan (Women in Action in the Pantanal), institution that is the focal point of the TICCA Consortium in Brazil. In addition to clarifying doubts, Mupan supported the process of finalizing the registration of the SHPCK at the World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) and created a Brazilian protocol to carry out the peer review process, provided for in the UN requirements to grant the title.

“Mupan helped in the articulation with other institutions and in the evaluation letter. As there were no other TICCAs in Brazil to do the recognition, we set up a commission for the TICCA Brasil network with quilombo leaders, representatives of the black movement and the Rede Cerrado institution, to certify if the procedure in the Kalunga territory had occurred in accordance with the documents sent to UNEP ”says Lílian Ribeiro, coordinator of indigenous affairs and traditional communities of the Corredor Azul Program, Mupan. Lilian also points out that the title is an additional tool for the Kalunga community to gain strength in the defense of the territory.

Maiana Diniz, AQK Communication Advisor
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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.

Bárbara Ferragini - Communication Advisory
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Mosaico Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu has a new Territorial Development Plan with a Conservation Base

via FUNATURA, by Letícia Verdi, Journalist

After 10 years of joint efforts, the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic moves into a new phase of consolidation and expansion of conservation and sustainable use of biomes Cerrado and Caatinga. This is the new Mosaic Conservation-Based Territorial Development Plan (DTBC), the result of the commitment of managers of protected areas in the states of Bahia, Goiás and Minas Gerais, rural producers, extractivists, traditional communities and indigenous peoples, tourism operators and representatives of the government.

The Plan was approved at the last meeting of the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic Council, in December 2019, in Januária (MG), a municipality that houses the Veredas do Peruaçu State Park. THE Funatura (Pro-Nature Foundation) was the executing and coordinating entity of the Plan Review and Update Project, which received financial support from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund), in addition to the support of the Mosaic Council, WWF Brazil and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB).

Holes go. Photo: © Funatura Collection

The document provides for a expansion of the coverage area of Mosaico Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu to 4 million hectares, comprising 36 conservation units and two Indigenous Lands. Currently, Mosaico has approximately 1.8 million hectares officially recognized. The investment for the next 12 years comes to around $ 20 million & #8211; until 2032, coinciding with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Besides the integrated management of protected areas, community-based tourism and plant extraction - actions already underway, the new Plan included sustainable agribusiness, strengthening agroecology, actions to protect water resources and recover degraded areas.

The Plan's main objective is to develop the region on a sustainable basis, making the existence of conservation units compatible with productive activities and valuing the region's traditional culture.


Since 2010, with the original Plan, Mosaico Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu has been contributing to the effective management of the territory with strong consulting board, which has 50 members, half from the government and half from civil society.

Today, 11 conservation units with approved management plans. The ongoing actions support the organization of production chains in sectors of extraction, small and medium rural production and community-based tourism & #8211; vocation of the region, due to the natural beauty and rich country culture, immortalized in the work Grande Sertão: Veredas, by Guimarães Rosa. The development of these activities represented an increase in the family income of the Mosaic residents.

THE review and update of the DTBC Plan is a product of direct participation of communities, leaders and managers who work in the Mosaic. The document is a reference for the development of actions to be financed by public agencies, private initiative, third sector organizations and international organizations.

The actions foreseen in the new Plan are very detailed and innovate by pointing out the investment needs by area of activity. Its schedule of contributions and expected results even indicate the communities to be benefited and their role in the regional sustainability process.

The Plan also provides for the creation of a Socioenvironmental Fund for the Mosaic to be supplied with different sources of financing official, private, international development agencies and non-governmental organizations, as well as counterparts from the municipal, state and federal public authorities.
"Now, it remains to advance in agreements capable of reducing the environmental impacts, reversing already installed processes and ensuring the engagement of the communities in the search for sustainability for the Sertão Veredas-Peruaçu Mosaic", says the Executive Superintendent of Funatura, Cesar Victor do Espírito Santo.


According to National System of Conservation Units (SNUC), the mosaics of protected areas are management and territorial planning instruments that aim to conserve biodiversity through integration between conservation units and other protected areas in a given territory.

ACCESS O Executive Summary it's the Conservation-based Territorial Development Plan at whole:

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Ekos Brasil launches project to accelerate sustainable tourism in the Peruaçu valley with support from CEPF Cerrado

via Ekos Brazil Institute

Protector of an impressive socio-environmental, cultural, archaeological and paleontological heritage, the National Park and Environmental Protection Area (APA) Cavernas do Peruaçu is located in the Cerrado of northern Minas Gerais, in an area of transition to the so-called drought polygon and, therefore, very critical in protecting fresh water.

In addition to the water challenge, this portion of the Cerrado is also concerned with the Human Development Index two cities closest to the park: Januária (MG) and Itacarambi (MG), with 0.658 and 0.641 respectively (IBGE, 2010), that is, economic vulnerability and basic social assistance services.

Aware of fundamental role of biodiversity conservation and income generation that the Park and APA can bring to the Peruaçu valley, the Instituto Ekos Brasil, in partnership with the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) and the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB) launched, in the earlier this month, the project “Accelerating sustainable tourism in the Peruaçu valley”.

Lasting one year, the project aims to develop, strengthen and accelerate sustainable tourism, a source of income for communities through nature conservation.

The project phases

At registrations happen from 2nd of June to 1st of July 2020. And people over 18 can apply, residents or working in the Vale do Peruaçu region, or members of local associations or organizations, interested in sustainable tourism. The registration link can be accessed on here.

Up to 50 people will be selected in the registration notice and will have the chance to participate in the Innovation Lab. This phase includes workshops given by specialists from different areas of knowledge and a field trip to visit another tourist destination with strong economic activity and local development.

In the last phase, the prototypes of 5 initiatives developed during the Innovation Laboratory Ekos Brasil Incubator and they will receive contributions, made feasible with the project's resources, so that the plans go out of the paper and generate social and economic development for the communities of the region through sustainable tourism.

The project is expected to close at the end of the first quarter of 2021. But it will certainly be just the starting point for good entrepreneurial initiatives to support job creation and biodiversity conservation in the region.

Learn more about CEPF Cerrado

CEPF is a joint program of the French Agency for Development, Conservation International, European Union, Global Environment Fund (GEF), Government of Japan and World Bank, which finances projects to protect unique and threatened ecosystems - also known as biodiversity hotspots. In 2013, the CEPF Donor Council selected the Cerrado biome as one of the priority hotspots, and US $ 8 million was allocated to investments in conservation projects in the period from 2016 to 2021.

The project “ACCELERATING SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN THE PERUAÇU VALLEY” it is one of several fund initiatives in the region.

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Ambiental 44 Ltda. launches publication on Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units with support from IEB and CEPF Cerrado


by Luiz Paulo Pinto, Ambiental 44 Information and Projects in Biodiversity Ltda.

Although municipalities are an integral part of the National System of Conservation Units (SNUC), the contribution of municipal conservation units (UCs) to the protection of biodiversity in the Cerrado and in Brazil is still poorly understood. It is new publication on the municipal conservation units of the Cerrado, coordinated by Ambiental Ltda., contributes to expanding knowledge and understanding about the participation of municipalities in the establishment of a broader and more integrated system of protection for biodiversity among the entities of the federation.

Municipal conservation units can play a key role in contributing to greater natural landscape connection, protect populations of species of native fauna and flora, maintain essential environmental services for the population such as water supply, decrease the risks of natural disasters and cope with climate changes, in addition to providing leisure and recreation and proximity of people to nature .

Without an adequate assessment of the network of municipal conservation units, strategies and policies for Cerrado continue with an important gap and underestimate the important role that municipalities have in protecting this biome. The publication, which has the foreword by National Confederation of Municipalities, reveals the important participation of the network of municipal conservation units in the biodiversity protection system. The initiative also presents recommendations for the improvement of public policies on the management and governance of protected areas at the municipal level, and the benefits that these areas provide for local society.

The expectation is that the publication will contribute to making more “visible” hundreds of official protected areas that today are on the margins of biodiversity conservation strategies and with little knowledge of society. Bearing in mind that conservation takes place on a local scale, the greater visibility of municipal conservation units can strengthen an official local protection agenda, highlighting and stimulating the development of capacities and financial resources to improve the effectiveness in the implementation of existing units, in addition to to stimulate the expansion of the area and the number of protected spaces managed by the municipalities.

The project of Ambiental 44 Ltda. was funded and supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). CEPF is a fund created to foster and support biodiversity conservation actions and projects, especially by civil society organizations, in regions of high biological importance in the world, and has the partnership of international institutions - French Development Agency, Conservation International , European Union, Global Environment Fund (GEF), Government of Japan and World Bank.

To learn more about CEPF Cerrado, visit: http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/




For more information, contact:

Luiz Paulo Pinto

Ambiental 44 Information and Projects in Biodiversidade Ltda.

Email: luizpaulopinto10@gmail.com

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