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Urban Municipal Conservation Units in the Cerrado

by Luiz Paulo Pinto, Environmental 44 Information and Projects on Biodiversity Ltda.

At municipal conservation units constitute one of the pillars of the strategies for biodiversity conservation of the Cerrado by playing a key role in connecting the natural landscape, protecting populations of native fauna and flora species, and maintaining essential environmental services for the population such as water supply, heatwave moderation, and providing spaces for recreation and recreation, just to name a few. At the same time, protected areas are getting closer to urban environments, and the strong pressure of the urbanization process and the needs of large city populations across the country amplify the challenges for reconciling biodiversity protection and development. urban infrastructure with its social, economic and environmental implications.

Course participants & #8220; Creation and management of urban municipal conservation units in Cerrado & #8221; in Goiânia (GO). Photo: Environmental Collection 44 Ltda.

For this, it is essential to have trained personnel in the creation and management of an integrated network of protected spaces maintained by municipalities. This was the purpose of the course. “Creation and Management of Cerrado Urban Conservation Units”, which took place in April, in Goiânia, GO. The conceptual, technical and legal aspects that underlie the planning and implementation of municipal conservation units, based on an integrated view of the territory and participatory management, were addressed. The training explored the main practical challenges of the process of setting up municipal conservation units in the urban and periurban context with a vision of the new agenda on biodiversity and sustainable cities. Participants included city and state managers, NGOs, self-employed professionals and members of the academy. The course was a partnership between Environmental 44 Information and Projects on Biodiversidade Ltda., MvB Consultores Associados Ltda. it's the Image Processing and Geoprocessing Laboratory (LAPIG), linked to the Institute of Social and Environmental Studies (IESA) of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), and was taught by urban architect and environmentalist Miguel von Behr, master in urban and regional planning with extensive experience in conservation units in various regions of Brazil.

The initiative was supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, in English for Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) and Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), the National Association of Municipalities of the Environment (ANAMMA), the Goiana Association of Municipalities (AGM), the Municipal Environment Agency of Goiânia, and the project “Protected Areas and other conservation measures based on areas at the government level. local ”. This initiative, also known as “Local Protected Areas” (https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/69389.html) is a project of the Ministry of Environment (MMA) of Brazil, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) of Colombia, Ministry of Environment (MAE) of Ecuador and Ministry of Environment (MINAM) of Peru. Germany's Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the project through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). Implementation in the four countries is carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHby ICLEI & #8211; Local Governments for Sustainability and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Knowing the Municipal Conservation Units

The course was part of the project “Evaluation and Strengthening of the Cerrado Municipal Conservation Units”, which aims to measure the representativeness and importance of municipal conservation units for the protection of biodiversity and environmental services in the Cerrado. Given that conservation takes place at the local scale, greater visibility of municipal protected areas can strengthen an official local protection agenda, highlighting and stimulating the development of capacities and financial resources to improve the effectiveness of existing units, and stimulate the expansion of the area and the number of protected spaces managed by the municipalities.

The project is supported and funded by CEPF Cerrado, which is a fund created to support biodiversity conservation actions and projects, especially by civil society organizations, in regions of high biological importance in the world. The Fund is partnered by international institutions - French Development Agency, International Conservation, European Union, Global Environment Fund (GEF), Government of Japan and World Bank. In Brazil, CEPF is implemented by the Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), a Brazilian institution dedicated to training and training people, as well as strengthening organizations in the areas of natural resource management, environmental and territorial management and other sustainability-related topics. To learn more about CEPF Cerrado, visit: http://cepfcerrado.iieb.org.br/


For more information:

Luiz Paulo Pinto, Environmental 44 Information and Projects on Biodiversity Ltda., E-mail: luizpaulopinto10@gmail.com; cel. (31) 98209-8989

Miguel von Behr, MvB Consultores Associados Ltda., E-mail: miguelvonbehr2@gmail.com; cel. (61) 99840-734


Ambiental 44 Information and Projects in Biodiversidade Ltda. - Company based in Belo Horizonte, MG, with the objective of providing services and technical advice on projects for creation, management and management of protected areas, regional planning for biodiversity conservation, training and social mobilization, among other topics related to conservation and sustainability. .

MvB Consultores Associados Ltda. - The company, based in Brasilia, DF, specializes in coordinating training courses for the management of protected areas throughout the country.

LAPIG (Laboratory of Image Processing and Geoprocessing) - Linked to the Institute of Social and Environmental Studies (IESA) of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), since 1994 LAPIG offers disciplines of remote sensing, digital cartography and geographic information systems for different courses and institutes of UFG, besides having strong performance in research linked to teaching and extension activities.

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.



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