Experts and representatives of environmental agencies and civil society discussed possibilities for the Doce River Valley forest restoration
In order to obtain subsidies to guide the forest restoration in the Doce River Valley, the Renova Foundation brought together experts and representatives of environmental agencies and civil society in a workshop on the subject. The idea is that the discussions and collaborative work contribute to the construction of an Action Plan that addresses social, economic and environmental alternatives based on real successful experiences.
The event began today, May 3, and runs until tomorrow, 4. Roberto Waack, CEO of the Renova Foundation opened the event, giving an overview on the institution’s proposal for forest restoration, explaining the importance of the Inter-Federative Committee (CIF) and its Technical Boards for a smooth working progress. “It is a significant event for the Foundation, leaving a legacy for the Doce River in the long run. Our challenge is to restore over 40,000 hectares along the channel of the Doce River”, he says.
The Workshop is divided in lectures and discussion group moments. On the morning of the first day of the event, there were five lectures on the program that paved the way for collective discussions.
● Henrique Lobo, of the Doce River Basin Committee, gave an overview of the basin’s characteristics, addressing also the degraded areas for pastures;
● Warwick Manfrinato, from the Ministry of Environment, addressed the importance of ecological corridors for landscape connectivity;
● Matthew Dela Senta, from the Ministry of Environment, spoke about the role of the National Commission for Native Vegetation Recovery (Conaveg);
● Rachel Biderman, of the World Resources Institute (WRI-Brazil), explained the context of forest restoration in Brazil and
● Ludmila Pugliese, of the Pact for Atlantic Forest Restoration, presented the tools and work methodology.
In the afternoon lectures, the focus was on the presentation of the different experiences in forest restoration to support the Action Plan that will be created by the Renova Foundation team and partners. The methodologies of the different actions were presented and served as a basis for the groups to think about possible ways forward.
● Severino Pinto, from the BioAtlantic Institute, spoke about the importance of input producers (seedling collectors and seed suppliers) for a productive forestry restoration chain.
● Cláudio Pádua, from the Institute for Ecological Research (Ipê), addressed several topics, such as ecological corridors, landscape management and the Agroforestry System.
● Alan Batista, from the World Resources Institute (WRI Brazil), told us a bit about the experience of the Native Species Reforestation Economic Valuation Project (Verena), which aims to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of restoration and reforestation with these species.
● Aurelio Padovezi, from the World Resources Institute (WRI Brazil), presented a Guide on the Assessment Methodology for Forest Restoration Opportunities (ROAM).
● Jurandir Melado, from Fazenda Tiriqueda, spoke about his experience on the farm, where he developed the methodology for ecological pasture management.
In the afternoon, in addition to the lectures, the participants gathered for discussions in working groups. This was a moment of exchanging experiences, suggestions and opinions. For a better organization of the discussions at each table, there was a technical facilitator, expert in forest restoration, and a methodological facilitator of the Dom Cabral Foundation. In total, four thematic axes were discussed by the groups:
● 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, the technical facilitators and a representative of each axis provided feedback on the discussions. “I’m finishing the day knowing a little more than when I got here. These were very enriching groups. The themes of each axis were discussed to satisfaction, with good directions”, says José Carlos Carvalho, forestry engineer and Sr. Executive Associate of Seiva Environment and Sustainability Consulting.
The workshop is part of the actions of the Permanent Preservation Areas Recovery Program (APPs), which provides for the restoration of 40,000 hectares of vegetation, 30,000 of which through natural regeneration by conduction and 10,000 through no-tillage. The work of the Renova Foundation also foresees the recovery of 5,000 springs – covering about 5,000 hectares -, and planting trees in its surroundings.
Furthermore, the approximately 2,000 hectares impacted by the dam collapse will also be recovered. The initial estimate is that the vegetal recovery of these APPs requires up to 20 million native seedlings, mainly from the Atlantic Forest.
The meeting was broadcast in real time by the Renova Foundation channel on YouTube and also on the website. Watch the event in full: