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Agroforestry Systems Workshop - economic, environmental and social gains

Cerrado areas under restoration in Miranda, MS.


The agroforestry systems (SAFs) They are consortia of agricultural crops with tree species that can be used to restore native vegetation and restore anthropized areas. The technology mitigates terrain constraints, minimizes degradation risks inherent in agricultural activity and optimizes the yield to be achieved¹. The tree components are inserted as a strategy to combat erosion and the input of organic matter, restoring soil fertility. There is improvement in the structure and activity of soil fauna and greater availability of nutrients. A biological balance is achieved that promotes pest and disease control¹. In the same area, it is possible to establish consortia between species of economic importance, fruit and vegetables. Legume species can be introduced for use as green manures, which are mowed, and tree legume species, which, for the same purpose, are pruned to deposit organic material on the soil. In addition to contributing to the conservation of the environment, the benefits of agroforestry systems arouse the interest of farmers, as, as they are allied with food production, they offer agricultural and forest products, increasing the income generation of agricultural communities¹.

In July, experiences from the Pontal do Paranapanema (SP) region led the Best Practices for Agroforestry Management, taught by Haroldo Borges of Institute for Ecological Research (IPÊ). The activity took place during the cross-border meeting promoted in Cerrado Production, Research and Training Center (Ceppec), located in the Andalucia settlement, in Nioaque / MS. Representatives of the Hanaiti Yomo'omo Association participated in the project. & #8220; Seedling nursery for agroforestry production in Aldeia Brejão & #8221;, associations of rural settlements and extractive communities of the Cerrado and Pantanal and Gobierno Autonomous Municipal of Roboré, Bolivia.

Considering that SAFs also assist in the processes of restoration of native vegetation and recovery of degraded areas, the workshop interacted with the monitors working in the recovery of spring areas in the Andalucia and Bandeirantes settlements, from Miranda (MS), activities that occur through the Miranda-Bodoquena Corridor Project: filling social and environmental gaps, which is implemented by ECOA and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), and aims to assist the revegetation and conservation of the Cerrado by strengthening non-timber extraction by communities and settlers in Mato Grosso do Sul (Miranda-Bodoquena corridor).

See the full article on the website of ECOA and follow our electronic bulletin.

EMBRAPA (2004). Technological Solutions-Agroforestry Systems. Available at: https://www.embrapa.br/busca-de-solucoes-tecnologicas/-/produto-servico/112/sistemas-agroflorestais-safs

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, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.



CEPF Cerrado launches new call for projects throughout the hotspot

Mauritania flexuosa Lf & #8211; Buriti

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund & #8211; CEPF launches the Second Call for Letters of Intent (CDI) focused on innovative and relevant conservation projects for the Cerrado Hotspot. Interested parties can apply until November 8, 2017.

This call is open to community groups and associations, non-governmental organizations, private companies, universities, research institutes and other civil society organizations.

Letters of intent must be formulated for Small Projects (up to US$ 50,000) and Large Projects (above US$ 50,000 and maximum US$ 200,000).

Proposals to this notice should include only the following Strategic Directions and Investment Priorities:

Strategic Direction 3 & #8211; Promote and strengthen the productive chains associated with sustainable use of natural resources and ecological restoration in the hostpot (As defined in the notice).

Investment Priority 4.1- Support the implementation of National Action Plans (NAPs) for priority species, focusing on habitat management and protection (Small Projects Only).

Investment Priority 5.2 & #8211; Support the collection and dissemination of water resources quantity and quality monitoring data to integrate and share data on major hotspot watersheds.

Investment Priority 6.1 & #8211; Strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations to participate in collective bodies and processes related to the management of territories and natural resources.

Access the full notice of Second call on the CEPF Cerrado website. Specific questions can be taken by email, cepfcerrado@iieb.org.br .

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Global fund to support Cerrado biodiversity conservation initiatives

IEB will be the team responsible for the regional implementation of the project in Cerrado

Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros
Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park Region. Photo: Letícia Freire / IEB

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a fund to protect the world's most diverse and endangered biodiversity areas, also known as biodiversity hotspots. Conservation International administers the global program on behalf of the fund's partners: the French Development Agency, the World Bank, Conservation International, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the World Environment Fund. Environment (GEF), the Government of Japan and the European Union. A board of high-level representatives from each donor partner manages this fund.

CEPF supports non-governmental organizations, community groups and other civil society partners in implementing strategic conservation projects in biodiversity hotspots. CEPF's focus is to provide opportunities for its beneficiaries to preserve the rich natural resources of hotspots that are vital to people's well-being and the health of the economy in general.

After supporting the Atlantic Forest with investments between 2001 and 2008, the CEPF Donor Council chose the Cerrado in 2013 to receive investments. This decision was followed by the construction of an Ecosystem Profile, through a process of consultations and meetings, which took place between 2014 and 2015, and the selection of the team that will be responsible for the implementation of the initiative in the Cerrado.

Following a selection process, in April 2016, the Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) was chosen by the CEPF Donor Council to act as Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot, beginning this month. July 2016 and expected completion in June 2021.

As CEPF implementation team, IEB will lead the program in the hotspot, converting the investment strategy defined in the Ecosystem Profile into a coherent portfolio of support. IEB was selected as RIT because it demonstrated a strong track record of work experience in Brazil, program management of similar size, scale and complexity to RIT, and experience in direct management of small support programs.

The full Portuguese version of the Cerrado Biodiversity Hotspot Ecosystem Profile can be found on the CEPF website (click here).

A technical summary of this document can be found on the CEPF website (click here).