SER Awards Funding to Brazilian Restoration Program
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Posted by: Rebecca Shoer
Photo: Chapada dos Veadeiros (Wikimedia Commons/Artur Warchavchik)
The Society for Ecological Restoration and its local partner, the Sociedade Brasileira de Restauração Ecológica (SOBRE), have awarded R$10,000.00 to the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) to support ongoing restoration work in Brazil’s vast Cerrado biome. The award was given on behalf of delegates at SER’s 2017 World Conference on Ecological Restoration as part of an environmental offsets program for the ecological impact associated with the conference. Delegates at the meeting selected the ICMBio project from among three finalists to receive funding under the program.
“This award will encourage our group to keep innovating and adapting restoration techniques for the Cerrado,” said ICMBio researcher Alexandre Sampaio. “The funding will be invested in maintaining and monitoring the areas under restoration, to increase our understanding of the early successional processes in these areas.”
ICMBio has been working since 2012 to restore degraded Cerrado vegetation in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Goiás state. The project has restored 105 ha of native grasses, shrubs and trees to date, and has sought to create economic opportunities for the surrounding communities. A network of more than 60 local families supplies native seeds for the restoration effort, and project managers train and employ community members to conduct the actual restoration work.
“We are proud to recognize ICMBio for the outstanding work they are doing and to support their efforts on behalf of everyone who attended the conference,” said Dr. Vera Lex Engel, SER2017 Conference Chair and Representative to Latin America and the Caribbean on the SER Board of Directors. “This group is making a tangible, positive impact on this incredible Brazilian ecosystem.
The Cerrado, Brazil’s second largest biome after the Amazonian rainforest, is the most biologically rich savanna in the world, home to hundreds of and endemic species including the maned wolf, pamapas deer, and nearly 10,000 species of plants. The Cerrado is increasingly threatened by agricultural development, human expansion, and wildfire.
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is the only professional society dedicated to advancing the science, practice, and policy of ecological restoration worldwide. Find out more at: www.ser.org
The Sociedade Brasileira de Restauração Ecológica (SOBRE) promotes knowledge exchange and collaboration among the many actors and interests involved in ecological restoration efforts in Brazil. Find out more at: https://www.sobrestauracao.org/
The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation protects Brazilian natural resources and fosters biodiversity conservation through research, education, and promoting ecologically sound management practices. Find out more at: http://www.icmbio.gov.br/cbc/