The initiative promotes sustainable tourism and has bird watching as a possibility to attract the public to the conservation unit
In August, the Perd’s Birds (Doce River State Park) project, created by the Association of Friends of the Doce River State Park (DuPerd), held a free online workshop on bird watching as a business opportunity. The event brought together around 50 people, including park employees, public agents, tourism agents, owners of inns and hotels, as well as people interested in the market in general.
Perd’s Birds was one of the projects contemplated by the Renova Foundation’s Doce RFP and received funds that will be invested in consolidating the park as a reference destination in bird watching. Sustainable, this practice has great growth potential and combines tourism with environmental conservation.
Another project activity is the training of 20 tourist guides to meet the demand for bird watching tourism. The course will cover the characteristics and behavior of birds in the region, techniques for field observation, the use of equipment, among other subjects.
Doce River State Park (Perd)
Considered the largest tropical rainforest in Minas Gerais, the Doce River State Park is one of the most important conservation units in the state, being the last refuge for dozens of species from the most varied groups. There are more than 400 species registered in the park and its immediate surroundings, a number corresponding to about 50% of all birds registered in Minas Gerais and 1/5 of the total species registered in Brazil.
The Doce RFP, an initiative created by the Renova Foundation to stimulate and support projects in culture, tourism, sport and recreation in the regions affected by the collapse of the Fundão dam, in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, will allocate approximately R$ 12.5 million for 228 projects in the two states.