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Global coffee brands and organizations endorse innovative program led by Cerrado Water Consortium

via Agricultural News / Source: Cerrado Water Consortium

An innovative climate-smart investment program to preserve biodiversity and water supply in the Southern Region will begin this month. Cerrado Mineiro, the only Designation of Origin for coffee in Brazil, a major supplier of high quality coffee, responsible for 12% of national coffee production.

The initiative is from Cerrado Water Consortium, a platform of different actors (producers, coffee brands, local and global environmental NGOs) whose efforts have resulted in the founding of a legally independent organization with a highly specialized team to promote environmental development through restoration, climate smart agriculture and efficient management. of water resources. Based on initial support from IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature and Nespresso, the major coffee brands Nestlé and Lavazza and the Expocaccer cooperative have teamed up to make a five-year commitment to support the Conscious Producer Investment Program. which brings together in a coordinated manner these three work fronts aiming at improving the supply and provision of ecosystem regulatory services (water health, soil, carbon stock among others) in order to achieve climate resilience or shielding of a landscape or territory.

Gláucio de Castro, President of the Cerrado Water Consortium. Photos: FUNDACCER Collection

In the pilot area, the Ugly Stream in Sponsorship (MG), the Consortium plans to invest in protecting the natural ecosystems found in approximately 124 properties throughout the basin, the only one to supply Brazil's largest coffee-producing municipality and a serious case of water scarcity and conflict. “The new investment program will provide financial incentives. and expertise for all landowners to make their environmental assets healthier and more productive in this important watershed, ”said Giulia Carbone, IUCN Business and Biodiversity Program Director. “Landlords will literally and in practice be managers of environmental assets, and their decisions to protect key ecosystem services - such as forests and rivers - will directly contribute to the restoration of the Cerrado landscape.”

This year, companies have committed to investing US$100,000 to fund the consortium team. In addition, in 2019, the Consortium received a grant of US$400 thousand from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to implement the program. This was the largest grant ever awarded by CEPF, which has demanding donors such as the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union, the World Environment Fund (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World Bank.

"O Cerrado Water Consortium demonstrated why companies need to take a long-term approach and contribute to the broader landscape where we work. Similarly, the public sector must commit to ensuring that these innovative solutions are scaled up and capable of delivering lasting benefits to the region's population. ”According to Mario Cerruti, Global Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability at Lavazza. Read full article on the site Agricultural News!

Cerrado Release Water Consortium, Sponsorship, Minas Gerais, August 08 to 09, 2019. Photos: FUNDACCER Collection

The project #8220; Awards Program for Conscious Producers & #8211; restoring ecosystem services in the Cerrado & #8221; is executed by Cerrado Mineiro Development Foundation (FUNDACCER). The central objective of the project is to establish and implement a strategy to restore the provision of ecosystem services in the basin of Ugly Stream in the long term through a process of engagement of local producers and actors. FUNDACCER is a non-profit organization created by the Coffee Growers Federation to promote research, training and social cohesion in 55 municipalities of the Cerrado mineiro. These coffee producers saw the need to act to ensure long-term climate security in the region. Thus, the Cerrado Water Consortium works collaboratively to build transformative scenarios that result in productive and sustainable landscapes with the goal of:

1. Improve soil and water management practices.
2. Promote the restoration of native vegetation and conservation of ecological corridors at the regional level.
3. Facilitate the exchange of information through technical extension services for farmers in order to improve environmental practices.
4. Encourage and facilitate the process of legal regularization of farms, seeking compliance with the Forest Code.

Michael Becker, Coordinator of CEPF Implementation Strategy Cerrado at launch Cerrado Water Consortium, Patrocínio, Minas Gerais, August 08 to 09, 2019. Photos: FUNDACCER Collection

The project is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB).

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.



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