SALVEASERRA. Grupo Prot. Amb. Serra da Concordia

SALVEASERRA Our mission is to spread awareness and knowledge of environmental conservation and sustainable development with agroforestry farming techniques, to help rural rehabilitation of very low producing areas and to maintain farmers and their families living and working in their lands. This can be achieved with the introduction of a system of land occupation holistic, self-sustainable, organic, biological, renewable and permanent, balanced with the environment and the economic use of natural resources. As mission we have also to spread the concepts of citizenship and better education in order to achieve superior earnings and quality of life.
Jan 6, 2015

Project update. January 2015.

The students Group led by teacher Iracema Brittes
The students Group led by teacher Iracema Brittes

Dear donors,
In this report you will see the pictures of the last group of students that visited and joined our environmental program, "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest."
Just to remember: The "A Day in the Rainforest" program takes students from schools and citizens from communities of Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a scenic road and trail, to spend a day in the forest, an unfamiliar environment for almost all. The GlobalGiving project prepares students and visitors before visiting with lectures about the local Environment History and about what they will find during the trip and w also rent a bus to transport visitors.
This time it was a small group of youngsters from Valença city that belong to a catholic religious community and were led by Teacher Iracema Brittes at Fátima neighborhood.
Please see the attached pictures to trek with these students.
You can also see the whole trip in a slideshow in the added link.
Two very important events happened during these months. First it was possible to accomplish some very necessary work on our internal road, in order to protect this mountain road from the heavy summer rains. We built 5 extra drainage facilities to cut the water from the road, as you will see at the picture. The work at this internal road is almost finished. The last step is already contracted and it will be to study and define the best way to drain and how the water will flow down to the valley. These road improvements were and are financed with GlobalGiving funds.
The other important event is that the municipality provided us with 40 gravel trucks to be placed on the access road and on our internal road. This unexpected gift could not be rejected and GlobalGiving again played an important role renting and paying a truck and a wheel loader to spread the gravel on the roads. Please see some photos attached.
The plantations at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary are about to start and this year we are planting around 800 seedlings of palm trees, fruit trees and various hardwoods.
As you know since the last almost two years I have an illness that is impeaching my full operational capacity, but I hope to resolve this with another and definitive surgery that will take place in a couple of days.
So, I will be “out of business” for a few months.
Wish me please good luck and good health. I will be out but the project will be running.

Once again I would like to thank you for your support and donations that allow all this to happen.
Thank you very much.
Roberto Lamego

On the road...
On the road...
Second stop to see the view.
Second stop to see the view.
Teachers instructing the children.
Teachers instructing the children.
Teacher Iracema.
Teacher Iracema.
At the entrance of Wildlife Sanctuary.
At the entrance of Wildlife Sanctuary.
On the trail...
On the trail...
Inside a cave.
Inside a cave.
The cave.
The cave.
Arriving at our base. Notice big wall on the right
Arriving at our base. Notice big wall on the right
Using new Visitors Center facilities.
Using new Visitors Center facilities.
A happy group.
A happy group.
Visiting tree nursery.
Visiting tree nursery.
Visiting water source.
Visiting water source.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
Agroforestry plantation.
Agroforestry plantation.
Old mango tree.
Old mango tree.
Farewell photo.
Farewell photo.
The bus we rent to take the students.
The bus we rent to take the students.
Inside the bus a farewell song.
Inside the bus a farewell song.
GlobalGiving funds were used to protect the road
GlobalGiving funds were used to protect the road
And crossing the road...
And crossing the road...
And a good thing is that to improve our road...
And a good thing is that to improve our road...
the municipality provided us with 40 gravel trucks
the municipality provided us with 40 gravel trucks
The gravel was also spread on our internal road.
The gravel was also spread on our internal road.
Inspecting the work.
Inspecting the work.

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Oct 7, 2014

Project update September 2014.

'A Day in the Forest" for Valenca city students.

Dear donors.
We are pleased to report that we are resuming the work with our environmental program, "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest."
The "A Day in the Rainforest" program takes students from schools and citizens from communities of Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a scenic road and trail, to spend a day in the forest, an unfamiliar environment for almost all. The project prepares students and visitors before visiting with lectures about the local Environment History and about what they will find during the trip. We also rent a bus to transport visitors.
We live in a region that was originally covered by 95% forest.Today there are little more than 5%, which has already caused almost irreparable damage to the Ecosystem. Here and in much of Brazil the room temperature is much higher than it used to be and it rains a lot less than it rained a few years ago. And what is more frightening is that the change was very rapid.
The visit of young people and community members from the city allows them to realize the importance of the forests to control the room temperature, for the production of water and the preservation of local biodiversity. They begin to understand the current lack of the forests and the urgent need to reforest this entire region and country. They can also see our proposal of Agroforestry reforesting, where it is possible to associate planting trees, palm trees and fruit trees and make good money doing this, producing good quality wood, and many different agroforestry products such as heart of palm, medicinal products, ornamental plants, and many others.
We believe it is the only way to convince traditional farmers to change their today impossible to maintain farming methods to others where the Environment, water and shade are prioritities.
The group that came this time are students of a course in computer recycling and recovery of electronic waste. Urban people with almost no previous contact with Nature in a wood.
Look at the pictures and see how "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest" is.
We have another group of approximately 25 members from a Valença neighborhood to visit us tomorrow, September 4th. I will send photos of this other group when I have them.
Once again I would like to thank you for your support and donations that allow all this to happen.
Thank you very much.
Roberto Lamego

The road to Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
The road to Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
The entrance to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
The entrance to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Explaining our Rainforest project to students.
Explaining our Rainforest project to students.
On the road to our base. At the end of dry season.
On the road to our base. At the end of dry season.
At the base, rest and time for a snack.
At the base, rest and time for a snack.
Time for a talk at the new Visitor
Time for a talk at the new Visitor's Center.
Knowing a Evapotranspiration Bed sewage system.
Knowing a Evapotranspiration Bed sewage system.
Tree nursery and seedlings to be planted this year
Tree nursery and seedlings to be planted this year
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
Impossible not to climb the centennial mango tree
Impossible not to climb the centennial mango tree
Pillars of ancient aqueduct embraced by fig trees.
Pillars of ancient aqueduct embraced by fig trees.
The group.
The group.
Going back to the base.
Going back to the base.
The land is very dry. This day was a rainy day.
The land is very dry. This day was a rainy day.
Park rangers support from Serra da Concordia Park.
Park rangers support from Serra da Concordia Park.
The rainy day was not a problem for students group
The rainy day was not a problem for students group
A final picture before going back.
A final picture before going back.
End of "A Day in the Forest" in the clouds.
End of "A Day in the Forest" in the clouds.
May 14, 2014

Project update, May 2014.

Principal site for the studies.
Principal site for the studies.
Hello donors and friends of the Project Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil.

This is just a brief report showing the biological importance of the mountains where the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is situated, where scientific research is constantly being done.
This group, who recently visited us belongs to the State University of Rio de Janeiro who studies bats in the area since 2002 and has made many important discoveries, including new and unknown species.
Please see the attached photos.
At the moment the educational portion of our project, which welcomes students is suspended until I recover from the illness that affected me, but the part of the forest plantation and scientific research continue.
Thanks for your support and donations. We rely on them.
Roberto
Fixing the nets to capture bats.
Fixing the nets to capture bats.
Fixing the nets.
Fixing the nets.
Anoura caudifer species.
Anoura caudifer species.
Chorotopterus auritus.
Chorotopterus auritus.
Myotis nigricans
Myotis nigricans
Myotis riparius
Myotis riparius
Tagging Sturnira lilium sp. with necklace.
Tagging Sturnira lilium sp. with necklace.
Measurement of forearm.
Measurement of forearm.
Measurement of forearm.
Measurement of forearm.
Collection of feces.
Collection of feces.

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