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Bacia que abastece área de transição entre Pantanal mato-grossense e Cerrado sofre ameaças do agronegócio

 

 

Projeto investe na conservação de recursos hídricos que abastecem comunidades tradicionais no Mato Grosso

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

Em meio às áreas de pressão do agronegócio, a bacia do Rio de São Lourenço, no estado do Mato Grosso, é uma das principais formadoras do Pantanal, mas sofre com os constantes impactos na qualidade da água, vindos das hidrelétricas, das monoculturas de soja e do pasto, turismo, pesca e diluição de esgotos, presentes na região.

Identificação da qualidade de água na Bacia do Rio São Lourenço, MT. Foto: Acervo Departamento de Geografia – UFMT

Localizada em uma região de rica biodiversidade, uma vez que está em uma área de transição entre o Cerrado e o Pantanal, a bacia do Rio São Lourenço também é de suma importância para as comunidades tradicionais, tais como assentados/as, indígenas e pescadores/as.

“A bacia do Rio São Lourenço fornece 40% da água do Pantanal e abastece a bacia do Rio Cuiabá. Essa região é atingida pela implantação de inúmeras Pequenas Centrais Hidroelétricas (PCHs), pela supressão de vegetação natural para a formação de pastagem e áreas de plantios, chácaras de lazer e áreas de assoreamento do Rio”, explica Cleberson Ribeiro, professor do Departamento de Geografia da UFMT.

A fim de promover a conservação da bacia, o projeto “Monitoramento da Qualidade em Multiescala na Bacia do Rio São Lourenço (MT)” – foi desenvolvido pelo Departamento de Geografia da UFMT e pela Fundação de Apoio e Desenvolvimento da UFMT (UNISELVA), contou com o apoio do Fundo de Parceria para Ecossistemas Críticos (CEPF, na sigla em inglês) e do IEB – procurou investir em ações que contribuíssem para a proteção e a gestão dos recursos hídricos na região, de grande importância para as comunidades tradicionais, os indígenas e os assentados.

“Aprofundamos conhecimentos sobre os aspectos físicos e químicos dos mananciais da bacia e desenvolvemos atividades de empoderamento das comunidades tradicionais para que pudessem participar ativamente na proteção e gestão dos recursos hídricos. O projeto é resultado de um esforço científico para diagnosticar a situação atual dos recursos hídricos na bacia do Rio São Lourenço, detectar seus problemas e identificar os principais agentes que causam a sua deterioração”, explana Peter Zeilhofer, do Departamento de Geografia da Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso (UFMT) e coordenador do projeto.

Bacia do Rio São Lourenço, MT. Foto: Acervo Departamento de Geografia – UFMT

As ações do projeto voltaram-se para a Chapada dos Guimarães (MT), mas também envolveram outras cidades do estado de Mato Grosso, como Poxoréo, Dom Aquino, Tesouro, Jaciara, Santo Antônio do Leverger, São Pedro da Cipa, Juscimeira, Guiratinga, Rondonópolis, São José do Povo, Alto Garças, Pedra Preta, Itiquira, Primavera do Leste e Campo Verde.

O projeto também visou reduzir os conflitos de uso da água e incentivar o fomento para a proteção e a conservação, com o forte envolvimento de comunidades. “Os conflitos sociais impactam assentadas e assentados, povos indígenas e inúmeras comunidades de pescadores e pescadores que vivem das águas da bacia”, afirma Cleberson.

Participação social

Como resultado do projeto com o CEPF Cerrado, o aplicativo de Participação Social foi desenvolvido para monitorar e coletar dados georreferenciados pelas populações locais. Elas podem colaborar com denúncias e informes, aos órgãos responsáveis, sobre problemas causados por desmatamento, erosão e assoreamento.

Por meio desse aplicativo, o/a usuário/a pode participar de políticas públicas, reportando ao Comitê de Bacias Hidrográficas de sua região as agressões ao meio ambiente. O aplicativo pode ser facilmente baixado na Play Store. Acesse on here!

 

Saiba mais sobre o projeto:

http://www.​geografiaufmt.​com.​br/index.php/pt-br/

http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/projetos/monitoramento-da-qualidade-em-multiescala-na-bacia-do-rio-sao-lourenco-mt/


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.

 

Community-based ecotourism in the quilombola community Furnas da Boa Sorte, MS advances with training and infrastructure

by WWF-Brasil and Instituto Mamede

Community-based ecotourism in the quilombola community Furnas da Boa Sorte, Corguinho / MS, advances with communication and marketing course and the installation of tourist signs


Another meeting marked the process of implementation of the Community-Based Ecotourism in the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte, in Corguinho / MS.

Rich in stunning scenery and biodiversity Lush, the place of pristine features, contagious and delights the visitor, and there is no shortage of inspiration for Ecotourism. Everything goes back to nature and interacts with it. The community is located in a transition area between Cerrado and Wetland, whose singular relief, with hills and slopes provided by the Maracaju Plateau, says farewell to the highest altitudes and gradually surrenders to the Pantanal floodplain. In addition to nature, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the Quilombola Furnas da Boa Sorte community.

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This time, the Community Based Ecotourism - EcoTBC module in the Community brought the theme Communication and Marketing in Community-Based Ecotourism. The module was taught

by the team of Mamede Institute for Environmental Research and Ecotourism, WWF-Brazil and also had the special participation of the Mato Grosso do Sul Tourism Foundation - FUNDTUR. Simone Mamede, coordinator of the Community Based Ecotourism training course at the Sustainable Municipalities Project, stated that & #8220; The Community Based Ecotourism work of the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte has been organized to many minds and hands, involving the protagonism of the community, the support of professionals from the area of tourism, the environment and sustainability. The unity of all has provided advances in building a more sustainable territory for current and future generations. Among the guiding actions are: responsible tourism, intergenerational dialogue, respect and appreciation of quilombola culture, as well as respect for nature. May we continue to sow sustainability with present and future generations & #8221 ;. To date, three modules have been held with the following themes: EcoTBC: Planning and Sustainability; EcoTBC products, services and roadmaps and the last one held on July 12-14, under the theme Communication and Marketing. In addition to content related to production, communication and dissemination strategies, the course covered nature and sustainability photography. From the report of Maristela Benites, minister of the Community-Based Ecotourism course & #8211; Mamede Institute for Environmental Research and Ecotourism, & #8220; The experience of building EcoTBC in the Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa has been very special. Each step of this process is a conquest, full of challenges, especially because it is something new, but at the same time with many victories and discoveries. The success of the last module was not only due to the quality and content required for the implementation of this tourism modality, but also for the definitive inauguration of a differential tourist destination, rich in culture and biodiversity. The installed cards have several meanings from this perspective, but the main message conveyed is: 1 1T38220; Tourist, it may arrive that we are waiting for you! So let's build in favor of sustainable territories & #8221 ;.

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In this module with funding from the European Union (“European union”), Signposts were installed in some EcoTBC host households and at some points on the road. Families who have been participating since the beginning of the project received signposts of the services they offer to tourist, such as: camping, home accommodation (bed and breakfast) and meal. The course was special and symbolic as it definitely marked the materialization of EcoTBC in quilombola community, through the installation of the plates, which were kindly sponsored by the European Union with the support of WWF-Brazil. For Mr. Deoclides, member of the community, & #8220; Ecotourism course and the installation of community-based Ecotourism signs is a way of spreading the community, it is a way of saying that the quilombo community of Boa Sorte exists & #8221 ;. 

Residents of the quilombola community, university students, public managers, tourism experts, advertisers and tourism micro-entrepreneurs participated in the course. Elizandra Dutra, a turismologist and student of the Community-based Ecotourism training course in quilombola community, told us that & #8220; The dynamics and methodology used in the Community-Based Ecotourism course held in the Quilombola Furnas da Boa Sorte community enabled a better understanding of the contents covered, allowing everyone to experience in practice with the community all theoretical knowledge, further strengthening learning & #8221 ;.

The teachers, Rodrigo Motta talked about social media marketing, Don Eaton about sustainable municipalities, Simone Mamede about community-based ecotourism, Geancarlo Merighi about Caminhos dos Ipês Tourist Route, Alexandre on audiovisual production, Bolivar Porto on nature photography and Maristela Benites about sustainability. The contents integrated harmoniously. With so much inspiration from local socio-biodiversity, there was no shortage of raw materials for each speaker.

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At the end of the course, the community provided us with earth products, such as banana, papaya and manioc, and culinary products made by them: garapa, rapadura, molasses, cakes and sweets. Products can be purchased from the community.

The Quilombola Community Furnas da Boa Sorte is a Community Based Ecotourism manager and can outline its own destiny.

The initiative is supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), and performed by WWF-Brasil and Mamede Institute, and integrates the project “Sustainable Municipalities, protecting the birthplace of Cerrado waters and the headwaters of the Pantanal”. In addition to community tourism, the project covers the collection of seeds from native species of the Cerrado for the recovery of degraded areas, which shows that the two integrated initiatives positively impact and add value to local and regional supply chains and show how it is possible to develop without destroying the Cerrado, keeping the environmental services provided by nature stable. Sustainability is glimpsed when communities are effectively involved and benefited, the environment is exploited responsibly and the economy thrives. According to Don Eaton, project coordinator, #8220;Beyond the scenic wonders, visitors to the Quilombola Furnas Community of Good Luck can relax and enjoy the hospitality of the community and its traditional food and crafts. The EU-funded and community-created plaques will help turn the tourism program into a real source of family income while preserving its natural environment & #8221;

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Each step is an achievement and shows undeniable progress, the fruit of the commitment and unity of all. Gradually the dream has come true and we are moving forward in the construction of sustainable territories!

This module had the partnership of Fundtur (Mato Grosso do Sul Tourism Foundation), in the presence of the Tourism and Market Development Director & #8211; Geancarlo Merighi and professional Bolivar Porto. According to Geancarlo, & #8220; Community Based Tourism development projects are considered an important tool for income diversification in small farms. When it involves specific communities, such as Indigenous and Quilombola, Community-Based Tourism, besides diversifying income, has the ability to promote, in addition to their natural beauty, their culture and traditional way of life, ie the Promotion of Human Being & #8221 ;.

The Mamede Institute and WWF Brazil, thank and congratulate all the efforts of the community and partners who have joined the struggle for the construction of more sustainable territories and harmony with nature.


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.

 

 

The 1st Meeting of the Midwest Environmentalists took place in Brasilia

 

 

From August 22 to 23 (2018) the Hotel Nacional auditorium 1st Meeting of Midwestern Environmental Entities, promoted by National Network to Combat Wildlife Trafficking (RENCTAS), executed through the project & #8220; I FENACO - Forum of the Midwest Environmental Entities & #8221;, which is supported by International Institute of Education of Brazil It's from Partnership Fund for Christic Ecosystems (CEPF Cerrado)

The event was attended by institutions representing the states of the Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás and the Federal District. The purpose of the forum is to enable, expand and strengthen the participation of organized civil society in the Midwest region in decision-making bodies of the government, especially in the CONAMA - National Environment Council.

At the occasion, states and biomes raised relevant topics related to Payment for Environmental Services, Wetlands, Solid Waste Management, Environmental Education, Restoration, Strengthening Environmental Councils, Management of Conservation Units, etc. Some of these topics will be brought to CONAMA in the form of resolutions, propositions, recommendations and / or motions.

Within the program of the event the group had the opportunity to follow the 130th CONAMA Plenary Meeting, promoted on August 23, where it was presented by Raulff Lima, Executive Coordinator of RENCTAS, the initiative of the Midwest Environmental Forum and its participating institutions. In the end, the entities were received by the Minister of the Environment, Edson Duarte, which was presented to the Forum and its constituent entities. On this occasion, the minister was told about some of the environmental problems that the entities are facing in their regions and areas of activity, as well as the purpose of this meeting and the forum.

 

1st meeting of the Midwest Environmental Forum. Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB
130th CONAMA Plenary meeting in the IBAMA auditorium. Photo: Aryanne Amaral / IEB
Entities of the Midwest Environmental Forum met with the Minister of Environment during CONAMA meeting. Photo: Aryanne Amaral / 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, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.