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Projeto estimula a conservação dos recursos hídricos e das áreas úmidas na Chapada dos Guimarães (MT)

 

 

Veredas na região de atuação do projeto. Foto: Acervo LabSensor/UFMT

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

Mapear, diagnosticar e identificar recursos hídricos e áreas úmidas para promover a gestão e a conservação das águas na região da Chapada dos Guimarães (MT): essas foram ações desenvolvidas pelo projeto Mapeamento e Análise de Recursos Hídricos e Áreas Úmidas do Corredor da Chapada dos Guimarães”.

A proteção de áreas úmidas contribui para o fornecimento de água para a zona urbana e a zona rural. As ações do projeto estimularam o fortalecimento de medidas ambientais de órgãos gestores hídricos e ambientais, como o Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), a Agência Nacional de Águas (ANA), a Secretaria do Meio Ambiente (Sema) e os Comitês de Bacias Hidrográficas.

As áreas escolhidas pelo projeto – envolvendo Veredas, Campos Úmidos, Brejos e Florestas Ripárias, existentes no hot spot[1] Cerrado, mais especificamente no estado do Mato Grosso – foram estratégicas para servirem de apoio na tomada de decisões com os órgãos ambientais envolvidos.

“A quantificação e qualificação dos recursos hídricos e áreas úmidas (AUs) na área estudada representam um grande avanço perante a importância do hotspot[1] Cerrado, no ponto de vista ecológico e ecossistêmico”, comenta o dr. Gustavo Manzon Nunes, do Laboratório de Sensoriamento Remoto e Geotecnologias (LabSensoR- UFMT) e da Fundação de Apoio e Desenvolvimento da UFMT (UNISELVA).

Drone que identificou e diagnosticou as áreas úmidas no projeto. Foto: Acervo LabSensor/UFMT

O uso de geotecnologias, tais como sensores acoplados em drones, possibilita mapeamentos que permitem delimitar e classificar a cobertura vegetal com seus habitats em áreas prioritárias para conservação, assim como verificar a sensibilidade das áreas úmidas ao longo das estações do ano e analisar o impacto do uso de métodos de Manejo Integrado do Fogo.

“A gestão de recursos naturais no Cerrado enfrenta vários desafios para mapeamento via Sensoriamento Remoto, pois são necessárias novas abordagens para coleta de informações de dados de larga escala com alta precisão, o que torna o uso de Sistemas de Aeronaves Remotamente Pilotadas (RPAS) uma potente ferramenta, com múltiplas aplicações na área de gestão de recursos naturais no Cerrado”, explica Gustavo.

Os resultados do projeto contribuíram para o mapeamento de oito AUs focais, com o uso de um sensor de alta resolução espacial, o que gerou: análises em escalas de detalhe; classificação de tipologias; identificação de espécies reveladoras de ambientes de Veredas; assim como o mapeamento antes e após o uso do Manejo Integrado do Fogo.

 

Proteção dos Recursos Hídricos

Campanha de campo no Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães, MT. Foto: Acervo pessoal Gustavo Manzon

At Veredas que foram especialmente avaliadas no projeto desempenham a função de corredores ecológicos e também de um manancial de água, especialmente no período de escassez hídrica.

“Através de múltiplos sensores acoplados em RPAS/drones, além de coleta de informações biométricas e quantitativas em campo nas Áreas Úmidas selecionadas, os resultados deste projeto possibilitaram gerar informações espaciais, estruturais e biofísicas da cobertura vegetal, possibilitando identificar inúmeras Áreas Úmidas existentes no planalto até então ainda não mapeadas, com objetivo de criar  medidas para a conservação e a tomada de decisões, para a sua melhor gestão”, completa Gustavo.

 

Parceria com o CEPF Cerrado

O apoio do Fundo de Parceria para Ecossistemas Críticos (CEPF, na sigla em inglês) e do IEB proporcionou o mapeamento, com o uso de sensores remotos integrados em RPAS/Drones e em satélites, a fim de diagnosticar e identificar as Áreas Úmidas de médio e pequeno tamanho, o que fornece parâmetros para a elaboração de leis, assim como ajuda a orientar esforços futuros de pesquisa.

As recomendações para o futuro indicam a inclusão de pequenas áreas úmidas no inventário nacional, com a realização de mapeamentos em melhores escalas, a fim de padronizar ações estratégicas de manejo e de proteção.

Foram realizadas contribuições relativas à preservação de áreas úmidas, principalmente com a análise espacial em Veredas, utilizando RPAS/Drones no Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães (PNCG); o mapeamento de Áreas-Chave para Biodiversidade (KBAs), envolvendo mais de 900 mil hectares; a classificação de fitofisionomias do Cerrado, para auxiliar o Plano de Manejo do PNCG; além de pesquisas envolvendo o uso do Manejo Integrado do Fogo (MIF), visando à prevenção de incêndios em períodos secos do ano.

 

Quer saber mais sobre as ações desse projeto? Veja o vídeo abaixo, que mostra os seus principais resultados para a conservação das áreas úmidas da Chapada dos Guimarães e do Cerrado.


[1] Os hotsposts podem ser definidos como áreas com grande biodiversidade, ricas principalmente em espécies endêmicas, e que apresentam alto grau de ameaça. Essas áreas são, portanto, locais que necessitam de atenção urgente, sendo consideradas prioritárias nos programas de conservação.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Access the article at the site do Globo Rural.

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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The project begins & #8220; Multiscale quality monitoring in the São Lourenço River basin & #8221; in Mato Grosso

 

 

¹The basin of São Lourenço River It has an area of about 22,000 km² and consists of one of the main Wetland Grosso, integrating the Paraguay River hydrographic region. In addition, it has sections that make up the ecological corridor Cerrado-Pantanal and is mostly made up of key areas for biodiversity (KBAs).

Climatological station in the São Lourenço river basin. Photo: © Geography Department Collection (GEO-UFMT)

¹Originally the basin was covered by vegetation formations of the Cerrado. However, from the 1960s, intense changes in land use and occupation occurred in the region, and agricultural areas for commodities, pasture and urban occupation were occupying the space. At this time, the municipality of Rondonopolis developed as one of the most populous and industrialized of Mato Grosso. The region has mining activities (sand, gravel and gold) at its headwaters, relevant tourist activities in some of its tributaries (Cachoeira de Fumaça complex, Jaciara municipality), has 10 Small Hydroelectric Plants (SHPs) in operation, whose influences on The ecological functions of the biome itself and the Pantanal plain are little known.

Project presentation to the community. Photo: © Geography Department Collection (GEO-UFMT)

¹The watershed is formed by the performance of different social actors, among which stand out the peasants, indigenous people and fishermen. The peasants total approximately 2,800 families and are distributed in 38 settlements. Already the nearly 1,000 indigenous people belong to the Bororo people and are located in two Indigenous Lands (TI Tadarimana and TI Jarudore). The fishermen are organized by the Federation of Fishermen and Aquacultures of the State of Mato Grosso (Fepesc) and Colony Z-3 (Rondonópolis), totaling more than 150 families.

The work is performed by Department of Geography, Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT) / UNISELVA Foundation and by December 2020 the project & #8220; Multiscale quality monitoring in the São Lourenço River basin, Mato Grosso & #8221;, which is supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund  CEPF Cerrado) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), will:

  • Identify spatiotemporal patterns of water quality in the São Lourenço river basin
  • Develop an application for mobile phones (GIS-Participatory) that enables the dissemination of information related to water resources, and that reinforces the interaction between, and with the participation of social actors interested in the different forms of water use in the basin.
  • Develop participatory diagnoses on the situation / relationship of communities that affect and are affected by the multiple uses of Water Resources, seeking an understanding of existing conflicts regarding the use and management of HR.

The main objective of this project is monitor and model water quality at multiple scales in the São Lourenço River basin. Making these data available through a participatory GIS, along with work in communities in the basin, will empower and enable the direct participation of social groups in the monitoring of conditions and management of water resources in the basin.


Source: text adapted from the original project proposal & #8220; Multiscale quality monitoring in the São Lourenço River basin, Mato Grosso & #8221;

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.

 

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.

 

 

Project Team & #8220; Avoiding the Merganser Extinction & #8221; records species in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás

by Gislaine Disconzi, Instituto Amada Terra

Rio Preto, Goiás. Photo: IAT Collection

The project Avoiding the Merganser Extinction in the Veadeiros Corridor & #8211; High Landing & #8211; Kalunga, which is performed by Amada Terra Institute, and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), made a field expedition this April in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás, where he spotted EIGHT INDIVIDUALS of the species (Mergos octosetaceus).

The project has carried out a series of river embarkations, seeking to improve information on the presence of Merganser in the region. The species is considered one of the most threatened Americas and was declared the Ambassador of Brazilian Continental Waters. On April 2 and 3, a team of five people, three canoeing professionals, the project's technical field coordinator and the public use coordinator of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, traveled approximately 40 km from the Rio Preto looking for individuals of the species. This is the first of several actions to be undertaken within a protection strategy within the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, located in the state of Goiás.

Team on expedition to Rio Preto. Photo: IAT Collection

Team on the field: Wellinton from France Lima; Carlos Alexandre Xavier; Guilherme Predebon (Embedded Field Consultant); Fernando H. Previdente (Field Coordinator) and André Ribeiro (PNCV Public Use Coordinator).

See more news about the expedition at site ICMBio in the Planet connection and in social networks!

Watch the video which records the presence of the Brazilian Merganser during the team's expedition to Rio Preto!


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.

 

 

Event in the House of Representatives celebrates National Cerrado Day

In order to celebrate the Cerrado National Day (9/11), highlighting its importance to the issue of water resources in Brazil, the Socio-Environmental Management Center (EcoCâmara) in partnership with other institutions will hold the Seminar #8220; National Day of the Cerrado & #8211; BRAZIL'S WATER CRIB ASKS FOR HELP & #8221;. The event features cultural presentations, lectures, debates and exhibitions and will be held at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia.

The event schedule is available at Facebook and in site of the House of Representatives.

 Nereu Ramos Auditorium
 11/09/2017
Hours: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Drought hits the Paranã River in Goiás

Last week the communication vehicle & #8220; Lance Goiás & #8221; released videos and images of the drought that hit Parana River in the municipality of Flores de Goiás (GO).

According to the information reported, the floodgates were closed on Tuesday (22/08) and the river dried up at several points, which led to several fish to death and harmed the residents of the region. The reports on the site indicate that the gates were closed by the municipal government in order to carry out georeferencing work, but they would be reopened on 25/08.

The Rio Paranã It bathes the states of Goiás and Tocantins and is born near the Federal District, in the region of Formosa. Arriving in the state of Tocantins, it joins the Maranhão River and forms the Tocantins River. Currently, many of the Paranã River springs are in an advanced state of degradation due to the deforestation of Permanent Preservation Areas (APPs).

The full report can be accessed at this link.

Drought in the Paranã River (GO), photo taken from the site Lance Goiás. Source: http://lancegoias.com.br/2017/08/25/rio-parana-seca-em-varios-pontos-em-flores-de -goias /