Participants shared successful experiences that will serve as a basis for the Restoration Action Plan
In the late afternoon of today, May 4, the second day of the Doce River Valley forestry restoration workshop, organized by the Renova Foundation, has come to an end. Experts, researchers, representatives of environmental agencies and civil society spent two days discussing possible actions for the Doce River region.
The proposal of the meeting was to collect subsidies for the construction of an Action Plan that contemplates social, economic and environmental alternatives based on real successful experiences. Marcelo Figueiredo, executive program leader of the Renova Foundation, opened the second day’s work highlighting the importance of the exchange of knowledge that the event provides.
“I see this event as a milestone in the history of our country. Here, today, we are facing a great factual opportunity, a real problem, and we are not only here for an academic debate, but to make decisions”, he says.
Just as on the first day of the meeting, the program interleaved lectures with group discussions. In the morning, four speakers spoke on experiences in forest restoration:
● Marília Borgo of the Nature Conservancy Brazil spoke about the importance of integrating forest restoration and carbon agendas;
● Paulo Henrique Pereira, Secretary of Environment of Extrema (MG), presented the successful experience of the Water Conservation Project;
● Andrew Micollis, national coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), addressed the possibilities of using the Agroforestry System (SAF) in the recovery of degraded areas, as well as the opportunities and challenges of implementing SAFs in the Doce River Basin; and
● Nelton Frederich, Coordinator of the Cultivating Good Water program, presented the actions of the program, which is part of Itaipu Binacional’s strategic planning and has as one of its objectives the protection of the resources of the Paraná 3 Basin.
In the afternoon, the speakers reinforced the importance of thinking about models and incentives for rural producers, since most of the areas that need to be restored are on private properties. According to Marcos Sossai, manager of the reforestation program of the State Department for the Environment and Water Resources of Espirito Santo (SEAMA), it is necessary to think of restoration practices that combine income generation, productivity increase and protection of natural resources.
● Marcos Sossai, manager of the reforestation program of the State Department for the Environment and Water Resources of Espirito Santo (SEAMA), shared his experience with the program.
● Britaldo Soares, from the Remote Sensing Center (UFMG), reinforced the importance of seeking a conciliation between development and environmental conservation.
● Felipe Nunes, coordinator of the Energy and Climate Change Plan of Minas Gerais, presented a study on large-scale forest restoration in the state.
● Camila Mendes, of the Biodiversity Foundation, drew attention to the possibility of considering the fauna and flora species to direct the connection of landscapes.
In total, this Thursday there were two moments dedicated to working in groups, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The operation dynamics were the same on both occasions. The rapporteur of the group took up what had already been discussed previously for new contributions. After this resumption, the participants classified and prioritized 3 to 5 guidelines, which will guide the Forest Restoration Action Plan. Finally, recommendations were made for the achievement of guidelines and the mitigation of risks.
The working groups were divided into four thematic axes, with the presence of a technical facilitator, specialist in forest restoration, and a methodological facilitator of the Dom Cabral Foundation (FDC).
● Axis 1 – Landscape management and planning: how to plan and manage the landscape so that, in the end, we achieve 40,000 hectares (about 98,842 acres) of restored forest and 5,000 protected springs?
● Axis 2 – Socioeconomic opportunities: what are the socioeconomic opportunities associated with forest restoration?
● Axis 3 – Low cost restoration: what to take into account when defining the methodologies of environmental restoration (barriers and potentialities)?
● Axis 4 – Landscape governance: what is the best governance model for organizing restoration efforts?
At the end of the working group meetings, Rachel Biderman of the World Resources Institute (WRI Brazil) took stock of what was discussed during the lectures using the graphic facilitation panels made by the Idea Clara team. The panels represented visually what was presented by the speakers. In addition, the Rapporteur of each working group highlighted the main results of the collective discussions.
Roberto Waack, CEO of the Renova Foundation, closed the event with forward-looking directions. “We are not finished, we are starting a new path of joint achievement. It’s the Foundation’s dream to construct a transformation movement from this situation”, he says.
The meeting was broadcast in real time by the Renova Foundation channel on YouTube and also on the website. Watch the whole event: