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Consortium wants to expand project to combat coffee climate change in MG

Lavoura de Café no Cerrado Mineiro, região onde está o município de Patrocínio (Foto: Federação dos Cafeicultores do Cerrado)

Programa é realizado no município de Patrocínio, mas a intenção é levar para pelo menos outras seis localidades

via Globo Rural

The Cerrado Water Consortium, plataforma colaborativa que prevê restaurar áreas rurais para preservar e conservar o meio ambiente, pretende expandir projeto nas lavouras de café do Triângulo Mineiro contra impactos provocados pela mudança climática, como a estiagem. Atualmente, o programa funciona no município de Patrocínio, na bacia do Córrego Feio. Até 2023, a estratégia é expandir para Serra do Salitre, Monte Carmelo, Rio Paranaíba, Carmo do Paranaíba, Araguari e Coromandel.

Juntos, esses municípios respondem por cerca de 70% da produção de café no Cerrado Mineiro, informa o consórcio, em comunicado. A ideia é formar corredores ecológicos e alavancar os ganhos de biodiversidade da região. Outra atividade do Consórcio, apoiado pelo Fundo de Parceria para Ecossistemas Críticos (CEPF, na sigla em inglês) and at Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), é o Conscious Producer Investment Program.

A iniciativa, lançada em janeiro de 2020, também no município de Patrocínio, envolve o diagnóstico das áreas, a agricultura baseada no clima e a gestão eficiente dos recursos hídricos. A ideia é que esse gerenciamento assegure o abastecimento da produção de café mesmo em momentos de escassez, informa a bióloga e secretária executiva do Consórcio Cerrado das Águas, Fabiane Sebaio Almeida.

O consórcio oferece consultoria especializada e baseada em metodologias sustentáveis para os moradores locais da região. Desse modo, eles planejam o manejo adequado para controlar o fogo, enriquecem vegetações nativas e recuperam solos degradados, entre outras atividades de preservação.

O CEPF existe há 21 anos e, no Brasil, atua com o apoio do IEB. Atualmente, em todo o mundo, o CEPF apoia cerca de dez priority hotspots, e financiou, ao longo de sua trajetória, cerca de 2.600 projetos. A atuação do CEPF tem apoio da Agência Francesa para o Desenvolvimento, a Conservação Internacional, a União Europeia, o Fundo para o Meio Ambiente Global (GEF), o governo do Japão e o Banco Mundial.

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Project invests in restoring native vegetation and managing water resources in the coffee chain in the Cerrado of Minas Gerais

In Minas Gerais, an initiative involves different actors to promote sustainable landscapes and the conservation of native vegetation

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

Companion that is part of the daily lives of thousands of people worldwide, the coffee it is a product of strong expression in world culture. In Brazil, the state of Minas Gerais stands out in the production of this grain, being, today, one of the largest international exporters. Thus, the coffee activity needs to be developed with an environmental balance between fauna and flora.

Thus, coffee production is of no use without thinking about the sustainability, since this product requires a balance between a series of environmental factors, which permeate a soil rich in nutrients and strong irrigation for the cultivation of this grain. Climate threats today represent a threat to their cultivation.

Based on this, the Cerrado das Águas Consortium (CCA) emerged in 2019, with the goal of involve different actors in the coffee production chain on a collaborative platform to restore native vegetation and monitor the quality of water in rivers and soils, in order to guarantee sustainable coffee production and efficient management of water resources in the region of the mining triangle. Representatives of cooperatives, NGOs and large companies, such as Nespresso, and Lavazza, participate in the Consortium.

The objective of bringing these different actors together was to ensure resilience to climate change that interfere in hydrographic basins, restore the provision of ecosystem services, from the strengthening ecological corridors - “Areas that join fragments of native vegetation or protected areas that are separated by human interference”[1] -, and promote positive impacts on the Cerrado of Minas Gerais.

Rural producers restore degraded areas in the Córrego Feio region in Minas Gerais. Photo: CCA Collection

The rural producer, Ricardo Bartholo, one of the beneficiaries of the CCA project, comments that the initiative strengthens the availability of water in Córrego Feio & #8211; source that supplies the population and is also used for agricultural activities in the municipality of Patrocínio, in Minas Gerais.

“The Consortium has brought a more objective view for us producers. It is great to see large companies aware of sustainability in coffee production. I am convinced that we will have an increase in the water supply. With that I can use more water to irrigate my coffee plantation, because today I have a limitation on the amount I can extract ”, he says.

Within the platform, companies in the coffee production chain are committed to donating a financial contribution to the maintenance and investment of river basin restoration. "We look at native vegetation, water resources, the amount of water inside the basins, the connected landscapes, the involvement and connection of producers, the institutional engagement and the local community within this collaborative platform that is the CCA", explains Fabiane Sebaio, executive director of the Cerrado das Águas Consortium.

Investing in the producer

Attention to small producer it is also one of the action axes of the Cerrado das Águas Consortium, through the Conscious Producer Investment Program (PIPC). “This program starts with a contact with the producers, so that we can talk about what the Consortium is; we explain that their property is part of the hydrographic basin, the concept of it, we make a diagnosis and a visit to the producers' property, we also suggest if we can invest in their territory, we draw up a plan; from it, we set up a workshop, where we discussed with the processes ”says Fabiane Sebaio.

The central objective of the PIPC is to establish and implement a strategy to restore provision of ecosystem services in the basin, in the long term, through a process of effective involvement with local producers and actors. The main concern of the program is the areas of native vegetation, explains Fabiane: “We need to make the producer understand that his property is within the basin and that any and all mobilization for the restoration and water quality of the basin is extremely important. We consider the engagement of the producer to be very important in this process. Where do I need to restore to be effective in this process? ”.

Merganser: water bird threatened with extinction. Photo: André Dib / Pato-Mergulhão Project Collection

The program's goal was to reach 100 hectares in seven municipalities in the Minas Gerais Cerrado; one of the chosen areas, the Córrego Feio basin in Patrocínio, is where the Merganser, a bird native to the Cerrado threatened with extinction, which depends on extremely conserved aquatic environments for its survival.

Partnership with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

The Cerrado das Águas Consortium has the support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) It's from Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) to be executed, but the greatness of the project presented a challenge: that of promote the adoption of best practices in agriculture in the Cerrado of Minas Gerais and bring together companies competing with the coffee chain, all for the same interest - the conservation of native areas and water resources in the Cerrado.

However, all the resources invested were not limited only to restoration, but also to dialogue with the producer, the development of an application that maps degraded areas, the effort to bring together competing companies in the coffee chain. Thus, CEPF resources and IEB support were fundamental in the process of building the team's methodology and investing in properties.

“In this scenario of producer engagement, it is the greatest legacy with the project to make this movement so that the producer takes more care of his property, so that there is a change in mentality about what is a sustainable farm, how I provide climate resilience, understanding that the climate brings together a series of factors and that the crops of these producers provide restoration ”explains Fabiane Sebaio.

know more about the Cerrado das Águas Consortium: http://cerradodasaguas.org.br/

[1] “What are Ecological Corridors”. Environmental Dictionary. ((o)) echo, Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 2014. Available at:


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.

 

Online meeting to discuss sustainable coffee production

By Bárbara Ferragini & #8211; Environmental Journalism / Social Media

It happens on the day November 24, at 4 pm (Brasília time), the live & #8220; Café Territory & #8211; RPPN and Econegócios & #8221 ;. Organized by the project Private Cerrado Reserves, supported by the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems and the International Education Institute of Brazil, the event highlights the importance of sustainable production of one of the great commodities of Brazilian production, coffee. A product consumed worldwide and which in recent years has conquered an increasingly demanding public, which seeks quality and which values brands that are concerned with minimizing environmental impacts. The coffee segment, in turn, has been working to meet these new demands and market opportunities, based on the principles of sustainability.

On the occasion, the participants speakers:

& #8211; Ricardo Bartholo: Coffee producer in the Patrocínio region - MG. Participant in the Conscious Producer Investment Program of the Águas do Cerrado Consortium (CCA), he was invited to talk about his coffee production with the precepts of organic and sustainable production.

& #8211; Sebastião Alves: Coffee producer, owner of RPPN, Former Director of the association of RPPNs of ES, Former Director of CNRPPN. You will share your experience with the creation of RPPN Remy Alves and its benefit for your coffee production.

& #8211; Graco Dias: Environmental Engineer, advisor to the Consortium of Waters (CCA), works in the Social and Environmental Responsibility Department of Cooxupé. Graco Dias was invited to speak about the CCA and Cooxupé's participation in cooperation with coffee producers in relation to sustainable production.

& #8211; Andreia Roque: Expert in Public Policies and Rural Development. Operates in strategic projects aimed at Rural Tourism, Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility in RPPNs. Agronomist, Master and PhD student in Health and Environment UNIT. Andreia Roque will deal with cases of Sustainability with Rural Production (coffee, among others).

& #8211; Laércio Machado de Sousa: Business Administrator, Consultant at Jataí Capital e Conservação. He was president of REPAMS (Associação de RPPNs do MS) and CNRPPN. He is currently the coordinator of the Cerrado Private Reserves Project, FUNATURA - IEB - CEPF. Laércio will be the moderator of the event.

Make a note in the calendar

The live will be broadcast on November 24, at 4 pm (Brasília time) on the YouTube channel do Cerrado Private Reserves (activate the reminder).

Private Cerrado Reserves & #8211; It is an initiative that aims to promote the conservation of natural resources by encouraging the creation, expansion and effective management of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPNs) in one of the most threatened biomes in Brazil. The project is carried out by the Pro-Nature Foundation (Funatura) and has resources from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF, in the acronym in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and support from the International Education Institute of Brazil (IEB). More information can be obtained on the project's social networks (@reservasdocerrado) or on the website http://reservasprivadasdocerrado.com.br.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in the conservation of biodiversity

The IEB (International Education Institute of Brazil) is a Brazilian association with no economic ends and stands out on the national scene for dedicating itself to training and qualifying people and strengthening organizations in various aspects and themes related to the environment, development and sustainability.

About the Cerrado Water Consortium
Created in 2014, in Sponsorship & #8211; MG, the Cerrado das Águas Consortium aims to raise awareness among producers in the region about the importance of their environmental assets by diagnosing and investing in them, ensuring their long-term preservation. In 2019, the pilot project received from the Partnership Fund for Critical Ecosystems (CEPF) the amount of US$400 thousand to implement the program that will initially promote the investment and protection of natural ecosystems found in more than 100 properties throughout the basin of Córrego Feio. The sum is the largest grant ever awarded by CEPF, which counts on demanding donors such as the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Japan and the World Bank.
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