The objective is to develop a viable action plan for the region
Experts, researchers and representatives of environmental agencies and civil society met for two days of intense knowledge exchange in the Workshop on Forest Restoration in the Doce River Valley. The event, organized by the Renova Foundation took place on May 3 and 4 with the objective of obtaining subsidies to lead the forest restoration in the Doce River Valley.
The two days were marked by lectures reporting of successful experiences, and group work to have the participants discuss suggestions of guidelines and actions for the plan, based on four axes:
• 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 consider when defining the methodologies of environmental restoration (barriers and potentialities)?
• Axis 4 – Landscape governance: what is the best governance model for organizing restoration efforts?
The characteristics and possibilities of restoration for the Doce River Basin, such as the creation of ecological corridors, and the importance of involving rural producers in these actions, were some of the topics discussed. According to Roberto Waack, CEO of the Renova Foundation, the discussions during the event were important for the continuity of the actions of the institution and its partners.
“We always emphasize that there is no easy solution on the shelf that you just pick up and implement. They are several solutions and all of them can coexist. The diversity of the river, the diversity of situations, demand a very broad set of solutions. We are moving towards a mosaic of solutions, which we hope to implement in the field in the next coming years”, he says.
The next step is to analyze the suggestions that were discussed in the working groups so that within 60 days a Forest Restoration Action Plan for the Doce River Valley can be put together. The goal is to invest about BRL 1.1 billion (about USD 318.5 million) for the restoration of 47,000-hectares in the region over the next 10 years.