Fundação Renova

26 – Recovery of permanent preservation areas (PPAs)

Objective of the program

To recover 40,000 hectares of the Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) in the degraded Basin of the Doce River. Of this area, 10,000 hectares should be executed through reforestation and 30,000 hectares should be executed through regeneration.

Progress of Program

Preparation of the Annual Progress Report on the programme provided for in the definition;
* In August, the 5 five projects contemplated by the RFP Renovating Ideas: Planting trees and Harvesting Food, in a partnership between Renova and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Brazil, with the aim of assisting the recovery of the Doce River Basin and promoting Agroforestry Systems (SAF) in the country. A total of 131 applications were received between March 22 and July 13. Of the 5 winning projects, 3 are from the Doce River Basin. Now, those responsible for the selected proposals will be invited to an immersion course with experts in SAF. This meeting will be made possible by the use of an online platform
on the week of 21/09. The workshops and other activities offered in the immersion will also help to customize some models of agroforestry systems for application in the Doce River Basin. A publication will also be prepared with all the proposals submitted to the RFP. Agroforestry systems are already a reality in Brazil with the potential to aggregate value while reducing environmental impacts on properties;
17. Upper Doce River Region
* There were no significant developments.
Middle Doce River Region
* There were no significant developments.
Lower Doce River Region
* Return of the Forest deployment activities of the Pilot project (2018/2019) in the sub-basin of Pontões and Lagoas, upon clearance from the Situation Room

Preparation of the Annual Progress Report on the program provided for in the definition;
Upper Doce River Region
There were no significant developments in the last month
Middle Doce River Region
There were no significant developments in the last month
Lower Doce River Region
* Return of forest deployment activities of year 02 (2017/2018) in the Sub-Basin of Pontões and Lagoas, upon clearance from the Situation Room

• Submission of the Integrated Rural and Economic Development Plans for the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, on 07/31, in compliance with and determined in the public civil action. The plan for Espirito Santo is already in its first revision, considering the comments in technical note 76/2020 issued by the Technical Board of Economy and Innovation.
• Development and draft of the management and monitoring plan for the operation of the Seed Houses.
Upper Doce River
• Maintenance activities were suspended in Coimbra/MG due to non-release by the Municipal Office.
Mid Doce River
• There were no relevant facts.
Lower Doce River
• There were no relevant facts.

Upper Doce River
• Maintenance activities were suspended in Coimbra (MG) due to non-release by the Municipal Office.
Mid Doce River
• Continuation of forest maintenance activities.
Lower Doce River
• Launch of RFP for hiring forest restoration institutions. In addition to planting and regenerating, the scope also covers ATERA (Technical Assistance for Environmental Regularization), engagement, and forest maintenance activities.

Upper Doce River
• There were no relevant facts.
Mid Doce River
• Resuming forest maintenance activities.
Lower Doce River
• There were no relevant facts.

• Following the warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and given the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil, the Renova Foundation decided to adopt preventive and safety measures, suspending its field activities.
• As part of the actions foreseen in the partnership between Renova and the Worldwide Fund for Nature - Brazil (WWF), a socio-environmental macro-diagnosis is being conducted of the basins served by the Permanent Preservation Areas Recovery and Water Recharge Program. It is a report that presents the results of the socio-environmental diagnosis of the sub-basins of Manhuaçu (MG), Guandu (ES), Pontoes and Lagoas (ES), and Santa Maria do Doce (ES), which are part of the Doce River Basin. The study aims to assist in the planning and implementation of actions with rural producers and partners within PG26 of the Renova Foundation. The information verification process to validate and record collected local data and other information, which the macroscale databases (basin, state, country, biome) cannot capture, took place through workshops. Those that participated in the workshops were people who work or live in the territory or know it very well. A workshop was organized for each sub-basin (Pontoes - 04/14/2020; Guandu - 04/15/2020; Manhuaçu - 04/16/2020; Sta. Maria do Doce - 04/28/2020). The report, together with other studies under development or already developed, will show a more reliable map of these basins, which may guide some actions of the compensatory forest restoration programs.
Upper Doce River
• Completion of forest plantation on properties in Coimbra/MG in March/2020.
Mid Doce River
• Planting of Macauba palm trees in settlements and on the Pataxos indigenous lands.
Lower Doce River
• There were no relevant facts.

• The Renova Foundation, following the warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and given the increase in confirmed coronavirus cases (new COVID-19 virus) in Brazil, decided to adopt preventive and safety measures, suspending its field activities.
• Completion of the forest inventory field survey for diagnosis in the Pontoes and Lagoas and Santa Maria do Doce sub-basins, and commencement of data collection activities in the state of Minas Gerais in the Manhuaçu and Suaçui sub-basins.
• Announcement of the RFP for Renovating Ideas, an initiative of the Renova Foundation in partnership with the Worldwide Fund for Nature-Brazil (WWF-Brazil), Instituto Terra and the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry - ICRAF BRAZIL. Five agroforestry systems (SAF) initiatives will be awarded, in addition to gaining visibility and participating in an immersion phase at Instituto Terra's main office in Aimores/MG in September 2020 to exchange experiences and elaborate new SAF adapted for the Doce River Basin.
Upper Doce River
• Planting activities on properties in Coimbra/MG.
Mid Doce River
• Publication on the Renova website of the RFP for accreditation of institutions for 2,650 hectares of PPA and GRA forest restoration, referring to year 02 (20/21).
• Completion of the diagnosis for predisposition to forest restoration, which aims to identify the areas that are subject to restoration.
• Second expedition to verify the identification of species and to evaluate the methodology for implementing forest inventory.
Lower Doce River
• Implementation of experiments for studying forest restoration models in order to identify the best planting methodology to be applied in the Lower Doce River territory.

Upper Doce River
• Planting activities on properties in Coimbra/MG.
Mid Doce River
• Completion of the stage that covers mobilization, engagement and installation of fence lines in the MST Settlements in Minas Gerais.
Lower Doce River
• Completion of the mobilization of the institutions Emflora and Vital, responsible for forest restoration in Marilandia/ES, Pancas/ES and Colatina/ES.

• Collected 4 metric tons of native seed species with the collector groups for “muvuca” demonstration areas (no-till planting technique that uses native seed species, intercropped with green manure seeds - usually legumes), with the possibility of using other fruit and agricultural species).
• Closure of RFP for forest restoration on January 1, 2020, with several applications from producers of the following basins: Turvo Limpo River, Itambacuri River, Eme River, Corrente Grande River, Laranjeiras River, Manhuaçu River, Guandu River and Iriritimirim River. The meetings were attended by more than 1,200 people and several institutions were involved, such as the Doce River Basin Committee and its affluent committees.
Upper Doce River
• Planting activities on properties in Coimbra/MG.
Mid Doce River
• Continuation of planting activities in the municipalities of Galileia/MG, Governador Valadares/MG and Periquito/MG.
Lower Doce River
• Kickoff with the institution Emflora, responsible for forest restoration in Marilandia/ES and Colatina/ES for the next 12 months.
• Conclusion of very promising first tests of mechanical soil preparation through subsoiling, with approved technical results and economic evaluation in progress.

The recovery of 3,000 ha was planned for 2019 (500 ha through no-till planting and 2,500 ha through natural regeneration). However, the postponement of the execution of the program was approved by Resolution 270. Therefore, for the pilot program (biennium 2018/2019) the total expected to be planted is 810.4 ha. It is important to stress that in one single year it is impossible to talk about recovery, it’s the start of the recovery process. In this regard, fencing and planting activities have already started, and the expected completion date is March 2020, when the rainy season ends. As of December, 62 ha have been planted and 673.76 ha are undergoing regeneration. It is worth mentioning that this value accounts for the sum of hectares of PG026 and PG027 together, as the restoration modalities applied are the same in both programs, and the segmentation of the data collection system is under development.
The activities of the pilot project of the Institute for Ecological Research (IPE) did not start in 2019. Cause: The scope presented by the institute did not converge with the Foundation's interests and did not provide for interaction with social actors. Countermeasure: Request a revision of the work plan, taking into account requests for change (already requested).
In 2019, 2,511,826 seedlings were expected to be produced in 13 nurseries or more. Also expected was the expansion of the arrangement and construction of new partnerships to incubate the first seeds and seedlings network in the Doce River Basin. However, around 1,006,647 seedlings were produced in 10 nurseries through the seeds and seedlings network. Cause: Demand less than initially projected. After detailing the study of planting locations, there was less area available for planting. Part of the areas made available by rural producers presented rocky outcrops, water mirrors, very steep relief and large erosions, making planting unfeasible, for physical and safety reasons. Therefore, it did not make sense to produce the number originally planned. Countermeasure: There is no countermeasure.
Signing of the term of adhesion to the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact. With the adhesion, another channel is created for the development, knowledge and sharing of forest restoration techniques. With over 260 thousand members and ten years of experience, the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact aims to improve forestry techniques with large-scale results and generate environmental, social and economic benefits. The main focus is to enable the worldwide recovery of 15 million hectares by the year 2050, including annual targets and the monitoring of results. Through this partnership, all forest restoration actions carried out by the Renova Foundation in the Atlantic Forest biome become part of the Pact's initiatives. These actions cover approximately 45 thousand hectares along the Doce River Basin.
According to Resolution 365, the definition document of “PG026 - Program for Recovery of the Permanent Preservation and Degraded Water Recharge Area” was approved, which aims to comply with Clauses No. 161 and 162 of the TTAC.

• Approval of the definition of PG26 - Program for Restoration of Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) and Groundwater Recharge Areas (GRAs) by the working group of CT-FLOR (Technical Board of Forestry Restoration and Water Production). The document was approved at the 44th Ordinary Meeting of CT-FLOR (Technical Board of Forestry Restoration and Water Production) and will be forwarded to the CIF for evaluation in December.
• More presentations of the Forest Restoration RFP were held in the municipalities of Frei Inocencio (MG), Campanario (MG), Divino das Laranjeiras (MG) and Resplendor (MG).
Upper Doce River
• Continuation of tillage activities of Year 01 (2018/2019) in the permanent preservation areas (PPAs) and groundwater recharge areas (GRAs) in the municipality of Coimbra (MG).
• Planting of native seedlings in groundwater recharge areas on properties of the municipality of Coimbra (MG).
• Obtaining the number of owners that are willing to initiate the take-off process with the non-governmental Technical Information and Assessment Center (CIAAT) in Ponte Nova (MG), referring to Year 02 (2019/2020).
Mid Doce River
• Continuation of planting activities of Year 01 (2018/2019) in permanent preservation areas (PPAs) and groundwater recharge areas (GRAs) of the Suaçui Sub-Basin (MG).
Lower Doce River
• Commencement of tillage activities in Colatina (ES) for Year 01 (2018/2019).

• The third stage of the working group meeting was held in Brasilia-DF for the revision of decree 5.153/2004, which provides for the National Seed and Seedling System (SNSM) and other measures. The participation of the Renova Foundation, together with members of the Atlantic Forest Seed Networks, Cerrado and other partners was essential to maintain the designation of the forest seed collector in the decree. According to the Foundation, the use of the seed collector guarantees the traceability of the entire forest seed chain process, as well as giving visibility to the seed sector chain link that is usually marginalized.
• Approval of the annual schedule and details of the technical proposal for scaling up the environmental recovery of the Doce River Basin, in compliance with TTAC Clause 161 (Resolution 270).
• Elaboration of the Seed Network management plan, aiming at the supply of seedlings and seeds for the planting in the implementation stages.
• Mobilization of social actors group of the 1st seedling and seed chain implementation phase (signed partnership term) - specific objective 1.
• Delivery of the Seed Houses, which will contribute to the promotion of the seed and seedling chain, related to specific objective 10, was not completed on schedule. Cause: delay in renovation of main building by contractor and procurement of seed house equipment due to failure to envisage structuring services in the initial scope of work. Countermeasure: negotiate with the Northeast Environmental Research Center (CEPAN) the characteristics of the equipment needed for structuring and define the purchase procedure for their acquisition.
Upper Doce River
• Initiation of the soil preparation activities of Year 01 (2018/2019) in the Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) and Water Recharge Areas (ARH) in Coimbra (MG).
• Completion of the fencing for demarcation of the plants of Year 01 (2018/2019) in Coimbra (MG).
Mid Doce River
• Initiation of planting and maintenance activities of Year 01 (2018/2019) in the Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) and Water Recharge Areas (ARH) of the Suaçui Sub-Basin (MG).
• Initiation of mobilization, engagement activities and installation of fence lines in the settlements of the Landless Rural Workers' Movement (MST) - Santa Maria do Suaçui/MG, Periquito/MG and Jampruca/MG - by the Francisca Veras Training Center (CFFV).
• Fencing activities in the spring areas of year 01 (2018/2019) in the Suaçui Sub-Basin (MG) by Indigenous Krenak people.
Lower Doce River
• Launch of the RFP for mobilization, preparation and implementation of the Individual Property Project (IPP) on the properties of the Guandu Sub-Basin, in Year 02 (2019/2020).

• Second operational training by the Bioflora consulting team on 09/02 and 09/03, in Governador Valadares, to train the team of the Mid and Lower Doce River in the application of the operational procedure for implementation of the areas under restoration.
• Mobilization meetings with Local Monitoring Units, contributing to the registration of producers in the Renova Foundation restoration programs.
• Presentation of the program to the Doce River Basin Committee (CBH-Doce) to help update the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRM) in the Doce River Basin.
• Presentation of the political, social, institutional, ecological and technological criteria used to map and prioritize forest restoration areas along the Doce River Basin, and work on post-collapse emergency actions, integrated rural property repair, and strategy for farmer involvement. The presentation was made by the Sustainable Land Use team between 09/24 and 09/28, at the 8th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, held in Cape Town, South Africa. The studies were developed in partnership with the Federal Universities of Minas Gerais and Vicosa (UFMG and UFV).
• Delivery of the preliminary version of the management and monitoring plan for the operation of the seed houses.
• Definition of software requirements for management and monitoring of seed production.
Upper Doce River:
• Soil preparation services for forest restoration by EGIS on properties CBR.08, CBR.10, CBR.18 and CBR.20.
• Beginning of the rainy season and planting of Year 02 in Coimbra.
Mid Doce River:
• Mobilization of the non-governmental organization CIAAT (Information and Technical Assistance Center) for the implementation of forest restoration in the sub-basin of Suacui (MG) in Year 01 (2018/2019).
• Remobilization of rural producers in the Suacui sub-basin (MG).
• Beginning of pre-planting activities in the PPA and ARH areas of the Suacui sub-basin (MG).
Lower Doce River:
• Approval of the technical proposal for hiring the company responsible for the implementation of forest restoration in the Pontoes and Lagoas sub-basin in Year 01 (2018/2019).

• Formalization of the Local Monitoring Unit (LMU) Suacui - Governador Valadares, discussion on better ways to disseminate the RFP in the region and discussions to include new members.
• Formalization of the Local Monitoring Unit (LMU) Piranga — Vicosa, discussion on better ways to disseminate the RFP in the region and discussions to include new members.
• Mobilization of the contractor responsible for operationalizing the seed and seedling production network (clause 162) to supply seeds and seedlings for the recovery of the areas subject to clauses 161 and 163.
• Formalized partnership with WWF for creation of local monitoring units in territories that will undergo forest restoration.
• Presentation of the methodology and schedule of the Forest Inventory carried out by the contractor Brandt at SEAMA-ES (with the participation of the Espirito Santo State Secretary of Environment) and at ICMBio (Brasilia).
• Technical training for monitoring natural areas and those being restored, held on 08/19/2019 and 08/20/2019 at Instituto Terra, in Aimores (MG). The technicians involved in the recovery of the Doce River Basin attended practical and theoretical classes taught by specialists from Bioflora Restoration Technology. In addition to staff of the Renova Foundation, Progen, Brandt and Instituto Terra, members of the Technical Board CT-Flor also participated (Ibama, CBH-Doce, IEF, IEMA).
• Presentation of the GIS (Geographic Information System) and commencement of registration process and training of CT-Flor members. The portal will facilitate monitoring and improve inspections and progress of the programs.
Mid Doce River:
Kick-off meeting with CIAAT, which will implement forest restoration (460 hectares of Permanent Preservation Areas and 240 springs) in the Suacui Sub-Basin in 2019.
Kick-off meeting with the MST-linked Francisca Veras Training Center, which will implement forest restoration (180 hectares) in the Mid Doce River Land Reform Settlements in 2019.
• Launch of the RFP to mobilize and implement forest restoration on the properties of the Manhuacu Sub-Basin and registration of the landowners in Year 02 (2019/2020).
Lower Doce River:
• Launch of the RFP to mobilize and implement forest restoration on the properties of the Guandu Sub-Basin in Year 02 (2019/2020).

• Presentation of the methodology for Forest Inventory to SEMAD and request for support regarding consent, information and maps.
• UGR meeting in Governador Valadares, verification of the status of the publication of the 2019 RFP, implementation status of Local Follow-up Units (“UAL”) and approach on the memorandum of understanding, as per feedback of the institutions.
• Formalization Local Follow-up Unit - UAL Manhuaçu - Mutum, discussion on better ways to disseminate the RFP in the region and discussions to include new members.
• Formalization Local Follow-up Unit - UAL Guandu - Baixo Guandu, discussion on better ways to disseminate the RFP in the region and negotiations to include new members.
• Publication of the RFP of the Forest Restoration Program.
• Presentation of the Forest Inventory methodology to IEMA-ES, ICMBio/SISBIO and request for support regarding consent, information and maps.
Upper Doce River:
• Initiation of field work, such as mapping and soil preparation for forest restoration areas in Year 02 (2019/2020) in the municipality of Coimbra/MG.
Mid Doce River:
• Planned: Terms of commitment to the Program (PSA) signed by the landowners in the Suacui Sub-Basin were not obtained in their entirety. This activity refers to the milestone “PSA in the Suacui Sub-Basin in Year 01 closed”. Cause: Pending points with some producers delayed the completion of the activity. Countermeasure: Increase the deadline by one month to resolve outstanding issues and obtain the terms of commitment, so as not to delay the completion of forest restoration and maintenance of the Suacui Sub-Basin.
• Planned: Kick-off meeting with CIAAT, which will implement forest restoration (460 hectares of Permanent Preservation Areas and 240 springs) in the Suacui Sub-Basin in 2019, did not take place. This activity refers to the milestone “IPP properties Sub-Basin Suacui in Year 01 implemented”. Cause: Delay in signing contractual draft due to scheduling conflicts. Countermeasure: Align new date for the kick-off meeting with stakeholders for signing the contractual draft and performing the contractor's kickoff without further delay. Note: Kick-off meeting was held on 08/02/19, after the deadline of this monthly report (07/31/19);
• Kick-off with the institution responsible for operationalizing the seed and seedling production network (clause 162) to supply seeds and seedlings for the recovery of the areas subject to clauses 161 and 163.
• Launched the Call to mobilize and engage producers in the Manhuaçu Sub-basin.
Lower Doce River:
• Planned: Terms of commitment to the Program (PSA) signed by the landowners in the Pontoes and Lagoas Sub-Basin were not obtained in their entirety. This activity refers to the milestone “PSA in Pontoes and Lagoas Sub-Basin in Year 01 closed”. Cause: The pace of field activities went down due to high demands on staff. Countermeasure: Increase the deadline to obtain the terms of commitment with 15 days, so that it does not delay the conclusion of forest restoration of the Pontoes and Lagoas Sub-Basin.
• Planned: Kick-off with the MST-linked Francisca Veras Training Center, which will implement forest restoration (180 hectares) in the Mid Doce River Land Reform Settlements in 2019, has not been completed. Cause: There was a delay in defining the type of contracting and those responsible for the process. Countermeasure: Compress the execution time of procurement activities to kick off with the contractor and have no further delays.

• Upper Doce River: signed the contract and mobilization for the execution of the forest restoration in Year 02 (2019/2020), in the municipality of Coimbra (MG).
• Mid Doce River: fencing of properties that was started with the former contractor has not been completed because the producers are fencing their own properties and have a slower execution rate than a contracted company, delaying the completion of the activity. Countermeasure: monitor the owners’ fencing works on properties, helping them to complete the activity, since they are already started.
• Mid Doce River: terms of commitment to the Program (PSA) signed by the owners of the Suacui sub-basin were not obtained in their entirety. The field team had to prioritize the PPA identification and fencing activities of Year 02 (2019/2020), temporarily halting the activities of Year 01 (2018/2019). Countermeasure: increase the deadline to obtain the consent forms in one month, so that it does not delay the completion of forest restoration and maintenance of the Suacui sub-basin.
• Mid Doce River: initiation of the DRP, Social Cartography and installation of fence lines for Krenak Indigenous Territories.
• Lower Doce River: terms of commitment to the Program (PSA) signed by the owners of the Pontoes and Lagoas sub-basin were not obtained in their entirety. The field team had to prioritize forest restoration activities from program 17 (Resumption of Agricultural and Livestock Activities), temporarily halting program activities 26. Countermeasure: increase the deadline to obtain the terms of commitment in one month, so that it does not delay the completion of forest restoration of the Pontoes and Lagoas sub-basin.
• Installation of the Local Monitoring Unit (LMU) of the Manhuacu River Basin.
• Meeting of the Regional Management Unit (RMU) of the Restoration Programs, in Governador Valadares, for discussion and approval of the RFP for Forest Restoration.
• Presentation at the National Water Agency in Brasilia of all SLU water-focused programs to contribute to the Doce River Basin Integrated Water Resources Plan.

• Fundao to Candonga (Upper Doce River): Forest restoration in Coimbra (EGIS) was not carried out due to a delay in the negotiation with EGIS. The signing of the agreement with EGIS and the activities related to planting will be rescheduled using the latency between these two activities, already included in the schedule, so that the planting starts in October (rainy season) and ends as planned.
• Fundao to Candonga (Upper Doce River): initiation of process, engaging owners to make way for the take-off with the company that will operate in Ponte Nova CIAAT (Information and Technical Assistance Center).
• Candonga to the River Mouth (Mid Doce River): mobilization of the contractor (Bioma) that will monitor the quality of the planting for the sub-basins: Suacui, Pontoes e Lagoas, Krenak Indigenous Territories, Settlements, Guandu, Manhuacu.
• Candonga to the River Mouth (Mid Doce River): Fencing of properties that began installation under the former contractor LUCUS was not completed, since the producers have a lower working pace than a contracted company, delaying the completion of the activity. There will be negotiations with the producers to contract an institution to carry out the fence installation if case the property does not complete the activity in 90 days. In addition, payment for the service provided will be reduced when the completion of the fence installation delays.
• Candonga to the River Mouth (Lower Doce River): issuance of the purchase requisition for a bidding process in Espirito Santo for the implementation of scope of programs 26 and 27, replacing the previous provider, whose contract was terminated.

• Fundao to Candonga (Mariana / Upper Doce River): forwarding the commercial requisition, QQP and technical report to the supply sector for negotiation and a new price spreadsheet, seeking the hiring of a new company to replace the former contractor (LUCUS).
• Fundao to Candonga (Mariana / Upper Doce River): completion of fencing on 49 of the 53 planned properties, whereas the 4 pending ones are with activities in progress. A new target was agreed with the producers for completion by May/19.
• Candonga to River Mouth (Lower Doce River):
Planned: to issue a purchase requisition for competitive bidding process for a Service Provider in Espirito Santo for the implementation in the field of programs 26 and 27, replacing the predecessor, who terminated the contract. Cause: not accomplished due to the high complexity of the activities and demands, in addition to the lack of staff for structuring the process in Espirito Santo. Countermeasure: search for technical support in other teams.
• Candonga to the River Mouth (Mid Doce River): consolidation of the technical scope of the partnership between UFSCAR/CEPAN/RENOVA for construction of the Seeds and Seedlings Network of the Doce River Basin.
• Candonga to the River Mouth (Mid Doce River): submitted the Forest Inventory contract to Brandt for ecological monitoring.
• Candonga to the River Mouth (Mid Doce River): the definition of goals was finalized with MST, aiming at formatting a partnership for forest restoration in PPA/ARH areas of settlements.

Upper Doce River: Regarding the enclosure of the PPAs, 38.03 ha of the 50-ha target has been completed. Activity on 53 properties, of which 48 have been completed and released for planting. Under evaluation, alternative solution for planting this rainy season, for replacing the current Contractor. New goal agreed with the producers to be finalized by April/2019.
Mid/Lower Doce River: Approval by the CIF of P4 - Scheduling of priority restoration areas in Permanent Preservation Area (PPA) and Water Recharge Area (ARH) on 03/28/2019.
Mid/Lower Doce River: Validation and approval by the CIF of the PPA/ARH areas and springs of the Pilot Project on 03/28/2019.
Lower Doce River: On 03/19, 03/20 and 03/21/2019, an audit was carried out in Colatina and Pancas (ES) in the areas of programs 26 and 27. Positive feedback was received in relation to the actions carried out and especially the commitment that the Renova Foundation has demonstrated with the rural producers. The contracted audit reported that possibly two teams will conduct audits for programs 26 and 27, one responsible for the activities in ES and another for those in MG. At the next audit, at the end of April, the contractor must monitor the execution of the activities of the company responsible for maintaining the plantations.
Approval of the escalation of springs to the Technical Board of Critical Events Management (CTGEC) of the Doce River Basin Committee (CBH).

In January/2019, the third year of the Spring Recovery Program began, a fundamental action to revitalize the Doce River Basin.
Of the 500 springs expected to be recovered in this stage, 350 are in Minas Gerais (100 in the Piranga basin and 250 in the Suacui basin) and 150 in Espirito Santo. The regions were selected by the Doce River Basin Committee (CBH-Doce), together with the River Basin Committees (CBH) of Suacui, Pontoes and Lagoons of the Doce and Piranga Rivers.
The first year, the recovery process started with 511 springs on 216 properties. The second year, it were 528 springs on 233 properties. The goal of the program is to recover 5,000 springs in ten years.
On 2/19, 2/20 and 02/21/2019, an audit was carried out in the areas of PG027 in Colatina and Pancas (ES) by the RAMBOLL/Prosecution Service team.

In January, the third year of the Spring Recovery Program began, a fundamental action for the revitalization of the Doce River Basin.
Of the 500 springs expected to be recovered in this stage, 350 are in Minas Gerais (100 in the Piranga basin and 250 in the Suacui basin) and 150 in Espirito Santo. The regions were selected by the Doce River Basin Committee (CBH-Doce), together with the River Basin Committees (CBH) of Suacui, Pontoes and Lagoons of the Doce and Piranga Rivers. The first year, the recovery process started with 511 springs on 216 properties.. The second year, it were 539 springs on 236 properties. The goal of the program is to recover 5,000 springs within ten years.
Furthermore, the last call was held for the collective presentation of the Spring Recovery Program to landowners in the Suacui River Basin region.

On 12/17/2018, the document "Definition of the Recovery Program for Environmental Area 1" was approved by the Technical Board of Forestry Restoration and Water Production (CT-FLOR) of the Interfederative Committee (CIF), in compliance with TTAC clauses 158, 159 and 160.
On 12/08/2018, a technical training course was held for analysts and environmental educators of the Technical Information and Assessment Center (CIAAT).

On 11/13, a workshop was held to create awareness about the Doce River basin restoration project in Galileia (MG) - a partnership between the Renova Foundation and WWF.

On 10/25 and 10/26, the II Symposium of Native Forest Species took place in Belo Horizonte. The event, organized by the Federal University of Vicosa through the CIF, was attended by 7 nursery workers of the Renova Foundation. Renova's participation in this process made it possible to aggregate knowledge for nursery workers, to expand the network of contacts, and to serve as a trigger for the seed and seedlings network.

Completed Phase 1 of the Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) Tender with 300 registered farmers and approximately 270 eligible properties. Of these properties, 188 hectares of Permanent Preservation Areas and 711 hectares of other areas were made available for restoration.
On 09/26, a field visit was carried out in 5 of the 8 indigenous villages of Resplendor/MG, at the request of the tribal chiefs to learn more about the springs and PPAs recovery activities on the properties of Year 1 and 2. The Foundation team clarified doubts, gathered experiences and aligned the expectations of the farmers already participating in the program. This visit helped to increase the confidence of the participating villages, resulting in an agenda for mobilization (social cartography) of their activities. With the purpose of getting to know the pioneering work of ecological restoration and Xingu Seed Network, technicians of the Renova Foundation and Tribal Chief Krenak participated in the 3rd Expedition of the Ecological Restoration and the Xingu Seed Network in the State of Minas Gerais between 09/27 and 09/30. The group were shown several collection areas and how the collectors make benefit of the seeds, and where and how they are stored. With a focus on forest restoration, they visited areas in the process of greenery restoration using a sowing technique known as "Muvuca". The expectation is to replicate the knowledge in the activities of the program.
At the Juparana Lagoon, in the municipality of Linhares (ES), all the farmers who are requesting "emergency aid" are being attended, with provision of sheep feed, cattle pasture leasing and stabilization of trees in a recreation area on the properties affected by the flooding, due to the Pequeno River barrier.

On August 13, a workshop was held in Mariana/MG, aimed at promoting discussions with local stakeholders interested in the territory to incorporate their perceptions in the methodology developed jointly with the UFV and UFMG Universities for area prioritization. The methodology will supplement the definition of locations in the Doce River basin to receive forest restoration of 40,000 hectares in a participatory manner. The model of perceptions was consolidated after this workshop and sent to the Universities to evaluate the possibility of incorporating suggestions in the methodology by 09/30.

Between 7/24 and 7/26, workshops were held in the municipalities of Governador Valadares, Caratinga, Aimores and Colatina, with the aim of promoting discussions with local stakeholders interested in the territory, to incorporate perceptions in the methodology for prioritization of areas elaborated in conjunction with the Federal University of Vicosa (UFV) and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). The methodology will support the definition of districts in the Doce River Basin that will receive forest restoration of 40 thousand hectares in a participatory manner. The next workshop will be held on 08/13 in Mariana.

4th Meeting of Environmental Education for Fire Prevention. As a deliberate measure, the pilot project will initially focus on environmental education for fire prevention, on properties included in the Forest Restoration programs, and public schools near the districts. 16 properties were defined in Periquito/MG, 4 in Jampruca/MG and 29 in Colatina/ES.

In year 1 of the recovery of springs (implementation in 2017) recovery actions were implemented for 511 springs, which are in maintenance and monitoring phase. In year 2 of the recovery of springs (implementation in 2018), 532 springs are contemplated, in addition to 776 hectares of PPAs and water recharge areas, on a total of 229 properties. 46.8% of these springs have been fenced and 27.2% of PPA areas and water recharge have been fenced. The PSA Tender (Payment for Environmental Services) already received 224 registrations, with a total of 209 eligible properties in the Doce River Basin, which total 228 hectares subject to payment.

In June, the activities of the agreement between the Renova Foundation and the WWF began. The objective is to develop an innovative large-scale forest recovery project integrated with regional rural development into an inclusive community approach.

The idea is to replicate it in 40,000 hectares of degraded PPAs within the Doce River basin area. By September 2018, local governance will be structured and strengthened for the implementation of this initiative through the formalization of a Project Management Unit (PMU).

The agreement has the following goals:

1. Ensure that 300 ha of PPAs are undergoing the forest recovery process by March 2019;
2. Implement three demonstration units by December 2019;
3. Make Payments for Environmental Services (PES), by December 2020, to at least 50 rural producers committed to forest recovery and maintenance;
4. Have, by February 2021, at least 25 owners with possibilities of rural development in progress on their properties.

Within the program, the last delivery of inputs was also carried out to guarantee the fencing and allow planting in 2018. The materials were delivered to the owners for the construction of protection fences in the areas to be recovered, according to marking done in the field by the program team. Fencing is the responsibility of the owners.

In addition to the delivery of inputs, payment was made to the owners for the fencing of areas undergoing planting recovery in 2018. The action is carried out in partnership with Instituto Terra, by verifying the fences that were made and elaboration of the project.

These programs’ actions are reported in the section dedicated to Program 17, which deals with the integrated action between socioenvironmental and socioeconomic initiatives to repair and adapt rural properties impacted by the collapse of the Fundao dam.

A work plan was developed together with the Ipe Institute, focused on education for the restoration of native forests. The target audience for this initiative are the partner institutions of the Renova Foundation. They will be responsible for acting directly or indirectly in the recovery of PPAs and springs.

A partnership with IBIO was also approved to begin the process of promoting the first seeds and seedlings supply chain in the Doce river basin area. The objective of this activity is to provide assistance and technical support, training nursery producers in management skills and seed and seedling production techniques. The goal is for these locations to be able to meet the demands of the reparatory and compensatory programs.

Another activity initiated this period was the collection of soil samples, for fertility analysis, on the properties selected in the forest restoration programs. It will be carried out on all the selected properties and will provide the definition of the appropriate cultivation practices for planting in each area.

In addition, a map was issued showing the degradation sources that affect the Doce River Basin, a document that integrates the scope of the study on prioritization criteria and areas for environmental recovery in the Doce River basin. This will be one of the main sources for the mapping of priority areas for reforestation. The study is the result of an agreement signed between the Renova Foundation and Federal Universities of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Vicosa (UFV).

Another action worth mentioning is the completion of the immersion course in social technologies and field assessment. The purpose of this course was to train the technicians of the Renova Foundation’s partner companies for the implementation of the Rapid Participatory Assessment and Social Cartography, which will support the creation of the Individual Property Projects (IPPs). The course is the result of a partnership between the Renova Foundation and the Technical Information and Assessment Center (CIAAT), an institution active in the mid Doce River region.

Fencing of the springs of year 2 began. The Renova Foundation was audited by the audit firm RAMBOLL at the springs of year 1, with the objective of checking out the fencing, existence of springs, plants and plant maintenance.

Software to support the development of executive projects for the Recovery of Springs and other Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) was developed. The tool stores properties mapped using georeferencing, is available (online) and in full operation. The Individual Property Projects (IPP) records for year 2 have already been posted on the platform.

The technical immersion training in social technologies and field assessments started this month, at the Technical Information and Assessment Center (CIAAT) for the preparation of the individual property projects.

The Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) Call was published. It aims to engage producers, seeking support for forest restoration activities.

A meeting was held with professors of the Rural Economy Department of the Federal Universities of Vicosa (UFV) and Minas Gerais (UFMG), starting work as part of the Agreement to study which areas should receive priority in forest restoration.

Continuing the mobilization process for the recovery of 600 hectares of PPA and springs in year 2, the PSA - Phase 1 Call was approved by the Technical Board for Forestry Restoration and Water Production (CT-Flor). The announcement contains information on the payment for environmental services, rules, form for participation, selection criteria and others.

Individual meetings were also held with producers to confirm data for the CAR registry and collective consent protocols of owners contemplated in the mobilization for the recovery of springs in year 2, and the recovery of Permanent Preservation Areas. For the consent meeting were delivered the invites for the property owners, selected or not, and the consent protocol.

In January, a meeting was held with the State Secretariat for the Environment and Water Resources (Seama-ES), with the objective of knowing the portal of the Reforestation Program, tool for the management and control of the paid environmental services projects.

Responses to CIF resolutions No. 133 and 134 were elaborated. They cover the document for selecting and marking parent plants and collecting forest seeds, and the technical report on the identification and mapping of nurseries of native and exotic species. Issued by the CIF, Resolution No. 135, which approves with exception the Ibama report "Recovery of Springs in the Doce River Basin - Year 01", in compliance with clause 163 of the TTAC, included a response to item 4.

The planting stage along the 511 springs of year 1 has come to an end. The planting of seedlings, which will help to restore the springs of the Doce River Basin, began on November 13 in Colatina, Espirito Santo. This action is being carried out in partnership with the Earth Institute (Instituto Terra), which provided about 306 thousand seedlings.

Collective meetings were also held with the rural landowners to present the program and register those interested in the process of recovering 600 hectares of Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) and 500 springs of year 2. The actions were defined together with the committees of Suacui, Pontoes and Lakes of the Doce River and Piranga and took place in the regions of Coimbra, Periquito, Galileia, Sao Victor, in Minas Gerais, and Pancas, Marilandia and Colatina, in Espirito Santo, between December 2 and 21. In these meetings, 311 properties were registered, and 687 springs were analyzed in the different localities.

Booklets on the recovery of springs, developed by the Renova Foundation, were sent to the Earth Institute, who will distribute the material to the rural landowners who participated in the first year of the Springs Program.

The Renova Foundation started planting seedlings around the 511 springs already fenced. The action, which will support the revitalization of the Doce River Basin, began in Colatina (ES) and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The work is being carried out in partnership with the Earth Institute (Instituto Terra), which provided about 306 thousand seedlings for planting.

During the month of November, rural property owners were called for collective meetings to present the program. This campaign is part of the registration process of the owners that may participate in the process for recovering 600 hectares of PPAs and 500 springs of year 2. The actions were defined together with the committees of Suacui, Pontoes and Lakes of the Doce and Piranga rivers. The meetings will take place between November 2 and 21 in the regions of Coimbra, Periquito, Galileia and Sao Victor (MG), Pancas, Marilandia and Colatina (ES).

Pre-planting activities were carried out, such as mowing, alignment, crowning, dibbling and liming of the first 511 springs. The activity, carried out by the rural owners, is paramount for the success of planting the seedlings and will take place along the Doce river basin in the short rainy season, from November to January.

In October, meetings were also held with the Suacui, Pontoes and Piranga committees, with the purpose of outlining the strategies for meetings to register property owners that are candidates for integrating the fencing process for restoration of springs in year two.

Weeding, alignment, tilling and liming of the first 511 fenced springs. Done by the rural property owners, these activities are essential for the successful planting of seedlings, which will be carried out in the short rainy season of the Doce River Basin, which takes place between November and January. For including the next 500 springs, the proposal of the Renova Foundation was filed at the committees of the Piranga, Pontoes and Suacui basins.

To make sure the field date collections are done with agility and uniformity and are reliable, training took place with teams of Progen and Instituto Terra to align how to use the data collector. The study includes hydrological characterization, landform, flora, fauna and monitoring of pre-and post-planting activities, besides the georeferencing of the fenced area and the springs.

The basic botanical identification training was completed with field technicians at the Instituto Terra to identify species that are fundamental to the balance of local ecosystems. This work makes it possible to minimize the planting of regenerating forest species.

Activities were initiated involving the fencing on properties and weeding around some springs, besides marking the seedlings.

The process of social mobilization, including local municipal governments and landowners, is being aligned with the river basin committees of the Suaçuí, Pontões and Piranga rivers in Minas Gerais, to engage in the recovery process of springs. The document was presented and should be filed in September 2017.

The Technical Board for Forestry Restoration and Water Production (CT-FLOR), approved the Study of Prospecting and Assessment of Nurseries and the Term of Reference for Marking Forest Matrices and Seed Collection. The study will guide the deployment of the recovery of springs program and recovery of PPAs Program. It will be possible to understand and structure the seedling production chain and to prepare the mapped nurseries to meet the demands created by revegetation activities.

Realization of theoretical and practical training, organized by the Renova Foundation, at the Instituto Terra, with the field technicians of the institute, with the aim of aligning the techniques for restoring the Permanent Preservation Areas (APPs) of the springs fenced in year 1. Field technicians at Instituto Terra have also received basic training to identify key species in the field, which are essential for the balance of local ecosystems. This identification also makes it possible to minimize the planting of regenerating forest species, which are already being used in great quantity in the revegetation of the springs.

The revised working plan on the evaluation and monitoring of the impacts on the terrestrial flora of the Doce River in the areas affected by the collapse of the Fundão dam. The revision was conducted in compliance with warning 0179/2017 of the State Institute for Environment and Water Resources of Espirito Santo (IEMA/ES), in which adjustments were requested to the earlier registered document.

On June 14, 2017, the term of reference of the public notice for Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) was filed. Due to some additions, a new document was filed on June 19, 2017. The term meets the decision of the Inter-Federative Committee (ICF), which establishes the minimum criteria for the adoption of payment for environmental services in compliance with clause 161 of the TTAC. The objective is to detail the technical specifications, as well as to provide guidelines with minimum criteria for the adoption of PSA in the Doce river basin.

Development of the operational procedure for soil collection and analysis, which aims to standardize activities of this nature, with the purpose of analyzing the aluminum content, soil acidity and nutritional deficiencies of the planting areas and recommend the use of correctives and fertilizers, when necessary.

On June 20, 2017, this procedure was presented in the form of training to the technicians of Instituto Terra (the Earth Institute), who were responsible for soil collection in the areas of the springs. The selection of the sampling points for soil collection considered the distribution of the springs, according to the different types of soils. Instituto Terra was responsible for using the recommendation for the use of correctives and fertilizers in planting.

A Study of Nurseries was carried out in response to the IBAMA workshop, which presents the identification and mapping of nurseries of native and exotic species of the Doce river basin.

Workshop on Forest Restoration in the Doce River Valley, on 3 and 4 May 2017, with the participation of specialists from private and public sectors and various parties representing society. Environmental and economic alternatives were presented related to forest restoration, in 40,000 hectares (almost 100,000 acres) and 5,000 springs in the Doce River Basin, such as agroforestry systems, payment for environmental services and tropical silviculture.

The Inter-Federative Committee (CIF) was given the Working Plan for Mapping Alternative Springs in the water catchment areas. Filed with the Executive Office of the CIF the study of prospection and diagnosis of the nurseries of seedlings of native and exotic species of the Doce River Basin. This study will support the planning of the Springs Recovery and APPs programs.

The working plan for the forest inventory of the Doce River PPAs, which proposes the methodology to evaluate and monitor the impact on the terrestrial flora in the areas under study, was filed with the State Environmental Institute (Iema), on May 24, 2017.

The prospecting and diagnosis of nurseries in the Doce River Basin, conducted by the BioAtlantic Institute (IBIO), is ongoing. The objective of this study is to identify and map the seedlings nurseries and native and exotic species of the region. Agricultural plants, such as coffee, will be included in the project if they are considered adaptable to seedling production of native species.

Initiation of the purchase requisitions process for fences for the separation and protection of the areas, aimed at forest restoration in 48 municipalities: Aimorés, Água Boa, Açucena, Campanário, Cantagalo, Coluna, Conselheiro Pena, Coroaci, Cuparaque, Divino das Laranjeiras, Divinolândia de Minas, Franciscópolis, Frei Inocêncio, Frei Lagonegro, Goiabeira, Galiléia, Gonzaga, Governador Valadares, Guanhães, Itambacuri, Itueta, Jampruca, José Raydan, Malacacheta, Marilac, Materlândia, Mathias Lobato, Nacip Raydan, Naque, Paulistas, Peçanha, Periquito, Resplendor, Rio Vermelho, Sabinópolis, Santa Efigênia de Minas, Santa Maria do Suaçui, São Geraldo do Baixio, São Geraldo da Piedade, São João Evangelista, São José da Safira, São José do Jacuri, São Pedro do Suaçui, São Sebastião do Maranhão, Sardoá, Serra Azul de Minas, Virginópolis and Virgolândia.

A meeting was held for the initiation of the prospecting activities and diagnosis of the Doce River Basin nurseries by the BioAtlantic Institute (IBIO) The objective is to identify and map nurseries and native and exotic species.

The Renova Foundation continues its contracting process for the study on the prioritization of areas to be recovered, in addition to the assessment of the technical and commercial proposals for the prospective study and diagnosis of the Doce River Basin nurseries. The preparation of the Term of Reference for seed collection and parent plant marking along the Rio Doce basin has been completed.

The Term of Reference (TR) has been prepared and the contracting process has begun for the study on prospecting and diagnosis of the nurseries of the Doce River basin. The preparation of the Term of Reference for seed collection and parent plant marking has also begun.

Assessment of the Term of Reference for the definition of criteria regarding the prioritization of areas for environmental recovery in the Doce River Basin, prepared by the Technical Board for Forestry Restoration and Water Production.

The Technical Board of Forestry Restoration and Water Production developed the requirements for the recovery of PPAs and springs, and to serve them, the scope is being defined for the development of the master plan for the recovery of 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of PPAs and 5,000 springs in the Doce River Basin.

The Term of Reference for the Definition of Criteria for Prioritization of Areas for Environmental Recovery in the Rio Doce Basin, prepared by the Technical Chamber for Forest Restoration and Water Production, has been received. After evaluation of the Term, the scope will be defined for the elaboration of the Master Plan for the recovery of 40 thousand hectares of PPAs and 5 thousand springs in the Doce River Basin.

The contracting of companies to complete the recovery of the Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) in the degraded Basin of the Doce River is in negotiation process.


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