So far, 1,050 springs are in the process of being restored in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo. In this stage, the recovery of 500 other springs will be initiated
This is the third year of the Spring Recovery Program, a fundamental action for the revitalization of the Doce river basin. The new phase of the project will continue mobilizing, engaging and training rural producers to work on the recovery of 500 more springs — in addition to the 1,050 that are already being restored in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo.
“At this moment, we are trying to locate the most important people in the Doce River recovery process, the rural producers, to develop a closer relationship with these key players. The objective is to support the technical recovery process and at the same time to adjust the properties environmentally, incorporating the best socio-environmental practices for agriculture, forestry and livestock throughout 2019″, explains Antonio Sergio Cardoso Filho, analyst of the Sustainable Land Use program of the Renova Foundation.
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. In MG, actions of the project will be made available to properties in the towns of Sabinopolis, Virginopolis, Guanhaes, Governador Valadares (districts of Sao Vitor, Penha do Cassiano and Corrego dos Melquiades) and Ponte Nova. In ES, the selected locations are Marilandia, Colatina and Linhares.
The regions were selected by the Doce River Basin Committee, together with the River Basin Committees (CBH) of Suacui, Pontoes and Lagoons of the Doce and Piranga Rivers. “We are finalizing contact with public authorities and local institutions that act in the rural area to promote the actions of the program and to contact rural producers. We have also started to reach out to landowners to present our programs,” says Antonio Sergio.
Program in numbers
The first year, the recovery process started with 511 springs on 216 properties in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo. In the second year, 539 springs went through the same process on 236 properties in the two states. The goal of the program is to recover 5,000 springs in ten years.
According to the leader of the environmental programs of the Renova Foundation, Lucas Scarascia, the determination of the TTAC opens new fronts of action in the area of reforestation. “It is a great opportunity to develop a supply network of seeds and seedlings produced locally, linked with existing public policies. We have paved the way for actions like these to set an example for other recovery phases.