Maned wolf, giant anteater, pau-santo and crown-of-ita cactus are species that illustrate the book: “Coloring the rupestrian fields: Ecological literacy in early childhood education in Itamarandiba - Minas Gerais”, work launched by Editora Mil Folhas, which had the support of Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB). The publication is one of the main results of the project “Ecology and Recovery of Uebelmannia buiningii, Coroa-de-Ita” run by Jurumi Institute in partnership with ICMBio, Embrapa-Cenargen and the Serra Negra State Park (MG).
THE publication is the first in a series aimed at early childhood education education network in the city of Itamarandiba, in Minas Gerais. In it, the student can color drawings that represent plants and their parts, as well as animals that occur in the rupestrian fields of the Serra Negra State Park, in the state of Minas Gerais.
“We hope to strengthen schools and children in relation to the knowledge of local biodiversity and fauna, but also to draw attention to the protection of Serra Negra State Park. Therefore, the community, in this context, must be inserted in the entire process of conservation of this area ”, says Suelma Ribeiro, an ecologist and one of the authors of the work.
There is also space for children to draw or reproduce plant characteristics. “The idea is that the children's audience can increasingly empower themselves with this knowledge. We hope that it will serve as educational material focused on local biodiversity and the species that are threatened in this region ”, comments Suelma.
The book, which is freely distributed, is available for download and it appears as a proposal to democratize access to knowledge. Access the book for free here:
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.