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Promoting Governance and Conservation of Water Resources in the Cerrado

The main threat to the biodiversity of the Cerrado It is deforestation. And most of the remaining original vegetation cover has been subject to various types of interference. For the past five decades, the biome has been the main area of agricultural expansion and consolidation of Brazilian agribusiness, leading to the loss of half of its original plant cover hot spot - unique and threatened ecosystem. At this juncture, the Cerrado, considered one of the most endangered biomes on our planet, illustrates very well the challenges and opportunities of reconciling economic development with conservation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

In this article titled Promotion of governance and conservation of water resources in the Cerrado & #8221; which was published in the scientific journal Conservation Science and Practice, Researchers from Singapore, the United States, Brazil, and Germany evaluated the state of the art and presented new information on the impacts of agricultural expansion, dams, and water use in the Cerrado. From this information, the group made recommendations for the management, conservation and restoration of Cerrado watersheds and ecosystems that are directly related to water.

Read the full article on here.

According to the researchers, conservation of the Cerrado requires not only the conservation of remnants of its vegetation, but also the ability to maintain the hydrogeomorphological and ecological functionality of its rivers, particularly the Araguaia River, the last major well-preserved system. ;. The group concludes its work by pointing out that if we maintain this usual model of development in the Cerrado, which has been implemented for decades, riparian ecosystems of the biome may never restructure again.

Carinhanha River around the Grande Sertão Veredas National Park. Photo: © Germano Neto / FUNATURA Collection

One of the authors of this work and researcher at the Federal University of Goiás, Dr. Manuel Ferreira, has been working with a team of researchers and civil society institutions in the project. Cerrado Knowledge Platform & #8220;. The project is executed by Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG) and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB) and aims to share data, information and knowledge among various stakeholders in the Cerrado and empower civil society through reliable information and tools for monitoring Cerrado ecosystems.

The Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG) It is linked to the Institute of Social and Environmental Studies (IESA) of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). Its activities began in 1994 and have since contributed to the elaboration of several monographs, dissertations and theses, as well as offering remote sensing, digital cartography and geographic information systems. In 2010, they started the “Geocourses”, an extension project that offers short and medium courses in the field of geotechnologies, offered to the community in general. The research is an important front for the production and / or organization of geographic and documentary data for territorial and environmental monitoring of Brazilian biomes and their natural and anthropic landscapes.

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.



Field research seeks to value the ways of life of traditional peoples and communities of the Cerrado

by Bruno Santiago, Communication Advisor of the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado

Between September and October 2019, the National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado visits Traditional Communities and Peoples of the Mirador-Tables Corridor, located in the states of Maranhão, Piauí and Tocantins. The reason for roaming is the realization of field research from the project ''Network articulation and social participation for the conservation of the Cerrado' ', which is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB), with the coordination of the ActionAid Brasil.

Jonathan and Jorge, Gamella children from Vão do Vico Indigenous Territory, Santa Filomena, Piauí. In the photo are looking at a monocle with old photos of family members. Photo: ©Andressa Zumpano / ActionAid Collection

Focusing on valuing the lifestyles of Traditional Peoples and Communities and in strengthening the actions of social participation and fight for territorial rights of these groups, the research seeks to support the campaign, its member organizations and populations living in the Brazilian savannah.

Given the adverse socio-environmental conjuncture experienced by the peoples of the earth, forests and waters in any biome of our country, such research becomes even more relevant. That's what explains Gerardo Cerdas Vega, Policy and Program analyst at ActionAid Brazil. "We live in a time when the Cerrado Peoples face widespread violence against their territorial rights and lifestyles, which puts their survival at risk," he emphasizes.

Seu Didi, Melancias territory. Riacho dos Cavalos Community. Gilbués, Piaui. This place was his old house, which today is surrounded by the Dawn Farm. He came in to show us what the community looked like before the houses were destroyed. Photo: ©Andressa Zumpano / ActionAid Collection

From the identification of practices, knowledge and technologies of the visited communities, the research intends to show the relation of the action of these populations with the protection of agrobiodiversity of the territories. '' Any strategy for the defense and conservation of the biome must contemplate the permanence of these guardians. Undoubtedly, their contribution is significant and the research intends to present these benefits, 'says Gerardo.

Another thematic axis of the research is the guarantee of rights tofrom spaces of social participation. The project aims to detect the relevant institutional spaces for community advocacy actions, covering topics such as food and nutrition sovereignty, rural education and social inclusion policies.

In addition to institutional participation spaces, the research will also look at community spaces of organization. '' We note that in the national context spaces for social participation are not always accessible or democratic, especially for traditional peoples and communities. Thus, the project also aims to guarantee subsidies so that communities and peoples can organize and fight for their rights to participate, '' says Vega.

Riozinho, Chupé Community. Santa Filomena, Piaui. Community residents report pesticide contamination in Rio during the winter. That is when the farms use it and with the rains, everything goes down to the rivers of the Communities. Photo: ©Andressa Zumpano / ActionAid Collection

Cerrado Conflicts

One of the communities that received the Campaign field research team was Brejo do Miguel, in the municipality of Gilbués, south of the state of Piauí, a traditional riparian riverine territory. Last week the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) published public note denouncing the invasion of land grabbers in an area of grass in the stump and loose animals that has been used for about three generations by the community. The fence that had been built by the families of the region was destroyed by seven jagunços with the use of chainsaws.

Unfortunately this kind of conflict is not new to Cerrado and in the Brazilian field. According to CPT data, 118,080 families were involved in land conflicts in 2018, a period that also records that this type of occurrence increased by 3.9% compared to 2017, from 1,431 occurrences to 1,489.

In this context of conflicts, threats and challenges for the resisting close populations, the project's field research & #8220; Network articulation and social participation for the conservation of the Cerrado '' Its objective is to contribute with the availability of information, report and booklet with the fruits of these experiences and learning in the territories.

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.



III Meeting of Research, Extension and Dissemination of Conservation Units of Vão do Paranã and Surroundings

via AVA / ICMBio / MMA

The Vão do Paranã region is of high importance for the conservation of biodiversity and caves. In this region there are four federal and three state and one municipal conservation units. Since 2014 when the first meeting was held in the city of Mambaí the number of scientific research has increased significantly, there are still a number of studies conducted by different research projects that were developed about Vão do Paranã involving different educational institutions such as Federal University. de Goiás & #8211; UFG, University of Brasilia and Federal Institute Goiano Campus - Posse.

The main objective of this event is to increase the number of scientific researches, university extension works and good social and environmental practices in all Vão do Paranã UCs and surroundings, in order to allow the integration of the knowledge generated by them with special focus on the caves of the region. . At the same time, it is intended to disseminate all this knowledge generated to local society and other stakeholders. The Meeting hopes to increase the participation of APA's interior residents by encouraging the presentation of good practices (experience reports) adopted by local communities that contribute to nature conservation.

See the full article and more information on site from ICMBio!



  • Students
  • Local community
  • Other interested


  • EA Teacher Training
  • Exchange of knowledge on good practices for cerrado fruit processing
  • Buriti crafts
  • Organic Beekeeping or Olericulture
  • Young educates Young
  • Introduction to Caving focusing on tourist driving
  • Cerrado Seed Collection and Processing Workshop


August 8-10, 2019 


Mambaí & #8211; GO



  • 29/07/2019 & #8211; Registration Deadline 
  • 08/08/2019 & #8211; Deadline for registration.

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.



Agenda: X ICMBio Seminar & #8220; Strategic Research for Social and Environmental Development & #8221;


Began this Tuesday (18/09) the X Research Seminar and X Scientific Initiation Meeting of the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio). This year's theme is “Strategic Research for Social and Environmental Development ”. The event brings together researchers, ICMBio servers, students and stakeholders.

The event runs until tomorrow and features roundtables and presentation of works by students of the ICMBio Scientific Initiation Program and other research institutions.

Check out the schedule!



Research for conservation is theme of seminar at ICMBio

The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) will commemorate 10 years of the institution's existence, promoting the IX Research Seminar and IX Scientific Initiation Meeting, which will address the 10 years of conservation research learning. Held since 2009, ICMBio's Scientific Initiation Research Seminars and Meetings aim to promote the exchange of experiences among professionals who conduct or accompany and demand scientific research at the Chico Mendes Institute, as well as their integration with other areas of management. and knowledge.

The event will occur from September 12-14, 2017, in the auditorium of the Institute's headquarters, in Brasilia, and will feature lectures, conversation wheels, presentation of scientific papers and round tables. The full schedule is available at site of the Institute.

The event is open and registration is free. Join in!

Venue: ICMBio Headquarters Auditorium, EQSW 103/104, Administrative Complex, Underground, Southwest Sector, Brasília-DF

Registration: at the event venue 

CNPq Public Call supports projects in Cerrado and Caatinga biomes

The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) launched on August 16 Public Call to support research projects in Integrated and Sustainable Actions to Ensure Water, Energy and Food Security in the Caatinga and Cerrado Biomes. Registration is open until October 2nd and the full call is available at this link.

Proposals must be submitted by a Scientific, Technological and Innovation Institution (ICT) Registered in the Directory of Institutions of CNPq and aim to develop sustainable solutions to ensure, in an integrated manner, water, energy and food security to populations living in the Caatinga and Cerrado biomes.

Projects submitted must be within a funding range of R$ 300,000.00 to R$ 500,000.00. The approved proposals will be funded with resources totaling R$ 5,904,000.00 (five million, nine hundred and four thousand reais) from the MCTIC budget. The final disclosure of the approved will occur on November 30, 2017 on the website of CNPq.